New blow to horse racing as more equine flu cases announced

A welcome sign is seen at Cheltenham Racecourse, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England, Britain February 9, 2019. (REUTERS)
Updated 11 February 2019
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New blow to horse racing as more equine flu cases announced

  • In 2001, an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease resulted in a two-month suspension of racing for two months in Britain, leading to the cancelation of the Cheltenham Festival

LONDON: Four new cases of equine flu have been reported by the British Horseracing Authority in a blow to the sport’s hopes of resuming action on Wednesday.
The cases were identified in vaccinated thoroughbreds at the Newmarket yard of trainer Simon Crisford, the BHA said late Sunday.
Racing has been on an enforced six-day shutdown since Thursday following three cases — which subsequently rose to six — of the highly infectious disease found at Donald McCain’s stable in Cheshire.
A statement from the BHA on Sunday said a further update would be issued Monday.
“This will include further details of action that is being taken off the back of this incident, and how the process will operate for the decision which will be made tomorrow evening regarding whether it is possible to resume racing on Wednesday.”
In 2001, an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease resulted in a two-month suspension of racing for two months in Britain, leading to the cancelation of the Cheltenham Festival, which is held every March.


SpaceX rocket carrying Moon-bound Israeli spacecraft lifts off

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SpaceX rocket carrying Moon-bound Israeli spacecraft lifts off

WASHINGTON: A SpaceX rocket took off from Florida’s Cape Canaveral on Thursday night carrying Israel’s Beresheet spacecraft, which aims to make history twice: as the first private-sector landing on the Moon, and the first from the Jewish state.
The start of the flight went smoothly, with the first stage entry burn completed uneventfully less than three minutes after lift-off.
The Moon landing is scheduled for seven weeks’ time, on April 11.