Smart waiting for green light

Bryan Smart is hoping quarantine restrictions placed on his yard will be lifted in time for him to have runners this weekend.

Smart and fellow trainer Michael Herrington have been caught up in the Equine Herpes Virus-1 (EHV-1) situation currently preventing Kevin Ryan from sending out runners.

Due to Smart and Herrington's proximity to Ryan's yard in Hambleton, near Thirsk, and the sharing of horseboxes, they too were placed under quarantine after one of Ryan's horses tested positive for EHV-1.

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One particular horse of Smart's was at a greater risk of the disease, but he returned a clear test last week and is due to be tested again later this week.

"Our blood test came back clear," said Smart.

"There's a second blood test to do on Wednesday because they need to be done a week apart, but I'm happy with his condition.

"We're taking his temperature twice a day, that is normal and I have no qualms about him at all.

"I'm making entries for Saturday so we'll see what happens."

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