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Arabian racing latest victim of equine flu

September 25, 2007

While big-time thoroughbred breeders and trainers hit the headlines with tales of misfortune amid the equine flu outbreak in Australia, spare a thought for lesser known facets of the racing industry.

Arabian racing in Australia has been seriously curtailed, and the industry does not expect to be able to race until early next year. Many trainers and owners are also breeders, and the total lockdown on horse movement has meant that, like the rest of the equestrian world, few have been able to generate income from their operations.

Some racing is being conducted at self contained venues while the equine community awaits the "burn out" of the EI outbreak but this does not include Arabian racing - only thoroughbred racing may be conducted.

But arabian racing's governing body in Australia is staying positive and seeking sponsorship for a new race series, which is to be held when racing resumes.

 

 

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