FREE MOVEMENT OF HORSES BETWEEN BRITAIN, FRANCE AND IRELAND RESUMES
* Tripartite Agreement involving the three countries reinstated
* Domestic measures remain in place for any trainer within the current Surveillance Zone
The British Horseracing Authority is very pleased to announce that racehorses are once again able to travel in to and from Great Britain, France and Ireland without the need for extra certification.
Additional requirements had been introduced following the outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease earlier this month - with a guide made available on britishhorseracing.com - but the European Commission amended its control measures last Friday, with the Tripartite Agreement between Britain, France and Ireland reinstated. France Galop also lifted its restrictions earlier this week.
Intra-Trade Animal Health Certificates for horses exporting to other Member States no longer require the special endorsement that related to Foot and Mouth Disease and Certificate 5585EHC is no longer required for horses travelling from Great Britain to Northern Ireland.
With Defra maintaining a Surveillance Zone around the affected premises in Surrey, any trainer lying within this Zone and wishing to have runners must still carry out necessary biosecurity measures when transporting them.
BRITISH HORSERACING AUTHORITY STATEMENT - EQUINE INFLUENZA IN AUSTRALIA
Equine Influenza was confirmed in horses at Eastern Creek Quarantine Station, Sydney, New South Wales (NSW) on 20th August. There are currently 45 premises that have been declared infected, 4 of which are in Queensland, with the remainder in NSW. More than 90 premises have also been traced and are awaiting assessment. It has also been announced today that Sydney's spring racing carnival has been called off.
Prior to this outbreak, horses in Australia had remained free of the disease through the controlling of its potential entry via rigorous quarantine programs, and are therefore generally not vaccinated against it. As a result, the population is largely susceptible to the virus; this is why immediate movement restrictions were introduced, and remain in place at least until Friday 31st August.
The current primary effect of the outbreak on the British Racing and Breeding industries stems from this, with entry into the Quarantine Station in NSW blocked, and all planned movement of horses into NSW halted.
All British racehorses are required to be vaccinated against Equine Influenza, which means that in the event of cases of infection with the virus, both the severity and spread of the disease would be minimal.
There is round the clock activity in Australia to trace all potentially infected horses and identify the exact strain of the virus as quickly as possible. Once the exact strain is known, a proper assessment of the possible effect of this outbreak on British horses entering, and more significantly returning from, Australia can be made.
As was evidenced in 2003 with the last outbreak involving a number of horses in training, the British Horseracing Authority does not anticipate a requirement for restrictions within Great Britain in relation to this virus.
The British Horseracing Authority is in constant communication with experts in Equine Influenza at the Animal Health Trust and colleagues in Australia and will continue to relay any relevant information to the British Racing and Breeding industries.
CAROLINE GRAY APPOINTED MANAGER OF FAIRYHOUSE RACECOURSE
Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) today announced the appointment of Caroline Gray to the position of Manager at Fairyhouse Racecourse with effect from October 1st 2007. Caroline, a Chartered Accountant by profession and a native of Navan in County Meath, assumes this position having been Manager of the HRI Betting Division since July 2005, prior to which she worked for five years in the HRI/IHA Finance Department.
In announcing the appointment, HRI Chief Executive Brian Kavanagh said: "I wish Caroline well in this new position. During her time as Manager of the HRI Betting Division, Caroline has helped to introduce many progressive innovations in that area and I am sure that she will bring the same approach to Fairyhouse."
Mr Roy Craigie, Chairman of Fairyhouse Racecourse said: "With our expanded Easter and Winter Festivals, and our capital development programme, the next few years will be a very exciting time for Fairyhouse and in Caroline we have the right person to lead the development and growth of this racecourse."
Caroline Gray said: "I look forward to the exciting challenges ahead in bringing Fairyhouse to the next stage of development and delivering a first-class level of service to our racegoers, sponsors and industry professionals".