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Donald McCain: & # 39; Has professionally acted with the interests of the racing industry and the health of his horses as his priority & # 39;
Donald McCain, the trainer in the middle of the flu that caused horse racing and overturned racing in Britain, immediately acted to contact the authorities after the tested horses were positive.
He revealed that he had been worried about the health of some of his strings for a few days and his quick action was praised by the BHA.
It was a positive test three of the Cheshire-based trainer team that caused the cancellation of all British meetings on Thursday due to the fear of cross-contamination.
McCain, 48, had runners in Wolverhampton, Ayr, and Ludlow this week and said, "I am aware of the recent news of outbreaks of equine influenza in France and Ireland, and the last few days I have been concerned about the health status of a small number horses in the garden.
"Their well-being is at the forefront, so at my request our veterinarian regularly examined them and we followed his advice on testing and treatment.
"By following this protocol the positive results for the flu of horses were revealed last night, the BHA was contacted immediately and we maintain close contact with them about biosafety and management of all horses at Bankhouse."
McCain stressed that every measure had been taken and would be taken to prevent the spread of diseases.
"Bankhouse follows all available advice on disease control and all our horses are fully vaccinated," he said. "We are meticulous in observing the health status of horses that fall under our care and take the necessary steps to treat any condition that may affect them.
"It follows that we would never race horses that we know were infected." The last two months all potential runners have been examined and their blood has been checked within 36 hours of their races to ensure that only healthy horses compete for the yard. "
McCain, who finished Dark Confidant fourth on Wolverhampton on Monday and Raise A Spark led on Ayr and Dry Lightening on Ludlow on Wednesday, does not know how the equine flu infection reached the horses that tested positive.
"When new horses arrive at our yard, we try to keep them separated as much as possible, but at this stage we can not know if the infection comes from recent arrivals or horses returning from racing," he said.
"We have three confirmed cases and have taken blood and swabs from all others this morning to test."
McCain's behavior was praised by BHA director of the health and welfare of horses David Sykes, who said: "We want to thank Donald McCain for his cooperation in this matter, and for the responsible way he has dealt with this issue , under the guidance of his veterinarian.
"He has acted professionally with the interests of the racing industry and the health of his horses as his priority."
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