Different vaccination rules have been set in place because of the recent equine influenza outbreak. However, a Welsh trainer informed that this would likely interfere with the preparations for Cheltenham races 2019. Previously, the BHA or British Horseracing Authority obliges runners to be inoculated against the disease within the last 12 months. At this time, racehorses must have been vaccinated in the last six months before entering the race.
Glamorgan-based trainer Tim Vaughan informed that a booster vaccination could hold a racehorse for two weeks. He further explained that if the horses were not inoculated in the last six months, they need to vaccinate again. When this occurs, they won’t be capable of racing for at least six days as they have to take a break for some days after the vaccination. This causes them to miss out on a week of work, and another one for just conducting light tasks. Vaughan said that this is not exactly the best thing to do a few weeks until the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
Vaughan has runners at the Cheltenham Festival races and he was glad that he quickly took the appropriate step when the outbreak began. Every single horse in his yard has been provided with booster flu vaccinations not long ago so the new policies don't disturb them in any way. He likewise said that he has no complaints regarding the several policies that the BHA has executed because clearly, it’s for the benefit of the horseracing community in general.
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