The interstate shipping of horses in Eastern Australia is just beginning again, four months after an equine influenza outbreak shutdown racing and delayed the breeding season in New South Wales and Queensland. The horses were mostly yearlings entered in the Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearing sale
New South Wales racing was to return Sept. 22 to Sydney's Rosehill Gardens, with 12 races planned and more than 210 horses engaged. The morning of the meeting, that all changed. Horses at Warwick Farm, a track that had previously been clean of equine influenza, came down with the virus. Rosehill officials were forced to scrap the meeting, as many horses set to compete had been trained at Warwick.
It looks almost certain Darley will follow the lead taken by Coolmore last weekend and start sending stallions back to Europe. Darley confirmed Sept. 19 it is being discussed.
Thoroughbred Breeders Australia announced Sept. 13 a plan to establish a zone in New South Wales allowing mares to travel there, be bred and stay until the equine influenza crisis is over.
The New South Wales Department of Primary Industries said 835 horses on 119 properties across the state were infected with equine influenza as of Sept. 3, with another 2,900 horses on 319 additional properties considered suspect of having EI.
A positive test for equine influenza has jeopardized a plan to offer "in-house racing" at Randwick. Officials are awaiting the results of a confirmatory test.
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