BHA lift restrictions on Ryan

Kevin Ryan will be able to start running his horses again

Kevin Ryan will have his first runners since the beginning of June at Ayr on Saturday after the British Horseracing Authority partially lifted the quarantine restrictions on his yard.

One of Ryan's horses was found to be suffering from Equine Herpes Virus-1 at the start of the month, with the BHA announcing a lockdown on his yard on June 1.

Nearby trainers Bryan Smart and Michael Herrington also faced initial quarantine restrictions, but those were lifted in mid-June and their horses were cleared to return to action.

While Ryan saddles Futoon and Rural Celebration at Ayr on Saturday, not all of his string are permitted to return to action.

David Sykes, the BHA's director equine health and welfare, said: "The process of continual testing and assessment of the yard of Kevin Ryan remains ongoing.

"Kevin Ryan's yard consists of six distinct barns in which horses are housed. The BHA is satisfied four of the six barns are showing no signs of the virus, all horses in those barns have tested negative and the horses do not pose a risk of infection.

"Therefore the quarantine on those horses has been lifted and they are free to declare and race.

"No further cases of the neurological form of the virus have been identified in the remaining two barns, however, it is the view of the BHA that further assessment and monitoring is required, purely as a precaution, before horses from these barns can be cleared to race.

"The BHA is satisfied that sufficient separation of horses and equipment exist as the yard of Mr Ryan that a partial lifting of the quarantine can be implemented without risk of spreading the infection.

"We are grateful to Mr Ryan for his continued patience and understanding as we take all reasonable measures to control this infection."

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