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Official: Horse Flu Won't Affect South Africa's Racing

11 December 2003

CAPE TOWN, South Africa – As reported by the South African Press Associated: "The current outbreak of equine influenza in the Western Cape was not expected to greatly affect South Africa's multi-billion rand horse-racing industry, because punters would continue to bet.

"'(I) don't foresee that the turnover will be affected at all,' said Mike Burns, horse racing and betting manager at the National Gambling Board.

"Burns said that regular punters in the Western Cape - where racing has been cancelled following the discovery of the highly contagious disease among horses at the Milnerton training centre - could become more familiar with racing in other parts of the country and abroad.

"…Burns said there was an abundance of racing in South Africa on which to place bets, with additional betting available via satellite horse-racing from the United Kingdom…"

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