With the news last week about equine flu cases in Australia, I am sure that many horse racing enthusiasts felt pangs of anxiety. Imagine those who have stakes on those horses and the upcoming races – how do they feel now? Despite the ban that was meant to stop the spread of the flu before it became disastrous, the situation was not controlled enough. This has resulted in the cancellation of the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival.
I am sure that those who have heard of the news are in dismay over the turn of things. However, think about the state of New South Wales which has to deal with an estimated $ 204.5 million loss. According to the Thoroughbred Times “Major races affected are the Epsom Handicap (Aus-G1), Metropolitan Handicap (G1), and George Main Stakes (Aus-G1) and other group races that are pointers to either the Melbourne Spring Carnival or toward the Sydney Autumn Carnival.
Royal Randwick Racecourse remains in stringent lockdown, but horses may exercise under strict protocols. Approximately 700 horses are stabled at the racecourse course and another 1,000 in adjacent private stables.
Racing New South Wales said Friday it hopes that racing can resume at Royal Randwick on Melbourne Cup (Aus-G1) day, November 6.”
At present, Australian horse owners and enthusiasts are finding ways to deal with the situation, including meetings wherein they can come up with solutions to support those who have been affected by this incident.
Meanwhile, in other parts of Australia, horse racing is being held intermittently.