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Flu in thoroughbred shuts down Randwick

29 August 2007

NEW SOUTH WALES, Australia -- As reported by Stuff: "The New South Wales racing industry was in meltdown last night after news a thoroughbred had returned a positive test to equine influenza.

"A galloper from the Randwick stable of Anthony Cummings returned the positive sample and a second test was sent to a laboratory in Geelong late last night to confirm the initial report.

"'This is an absolute disaster,' the chief executive of Racing NSW, Peter V'Landys, told the Herald last night.

"...'I have ordered Randwick racecourse be shut down completely tomorrow, with all horses confined to their stables.'

"The news throws into doubt the latest plan to prop up the fortunes of now paralysed racing and gambling industries..."

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