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Equine flu latest: BHA satisfied virus has been contained and gives racing go-ahead to resume action on Wednesday

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The sport will return for the first time in nearly a week after equine influenza brought the racing world to a standstill

RACING fans can breathe a sigh of relief as the BHA announced racing will return on Wednesday.

The sport has been in crisis since equine flu was discovered among six horses in Donald McCain's yard last week.

Intense testing followed around the country with over 2,000 vaccinated horses swabbed over the weekend - but only another four returned with positive samples.

That number is not enough to deter the BHA from restarting racing, and the sport has been given the green light to resume as soon as Wednesday.

Initial fears had suggested the suspension could last longer and even threaten the Cheltenham Festival in just over a month's time, just as Foot and Mouth claimed the meeting in 2001.

However, the BHA, in conjunction with the Animal Health Trust and British Equine Veterinary Association, believes the virus has been sufficiently contained to give racecourses the go ahead to start up their engines once again.

Musselburgh, Southwell, Plumpton and Kempton will be the first tracks to resume.

The news means Ascot will be able to host their valuable Grade 1 card on Saturday, a race which could see the likes of Waiting Patiently and Politologue return to the track.

Newbury's 'Super Saturday' card, lost to the flu last weekend, is not all lost as the Betfair Hurdle and Denman Chase have been added to Ascot's card this weekend.

More to follow...

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