Trainers cleared after virus scare

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The British Horseracing Authority has lifted restrictions placed upon trainer Bryan Smart and Michael Herrington from having runners after they were embroiled in the Equine Herpes Virus-1 case.

However, the yard of Kevin Ryan, which had the misfortune of contracting the virus in the first instance, remains the subject of "ongoing testing and surveillance."

Smart and Herrington were placed under quarantine having shared a horsebox with one of Ryan's runners before the presence of the virus was known, but all subsequent tests from both of those yards have come back clean.

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David Sykes, director of Equine Health and Welfare for the BHA, said: "Following repeat testing and site visits to all affected yards involved in the EHV1 case, the British Horseracing Authority and Animal Health Trust have agreed that the precautionary quarantine placed on the yards of trainers Bryan Smart and Michael Herrington can be lifted, and the yards are free to declare runners again.

"We would like to thank both trainers for their cooperation and understanding through this period. The equine herpes virus can carry a risk to horses and it is important that all necessary steps are taken to reduce the risk of the disease spreading.

"The quarantine restrictions on the yard of Kevin Ryan – the site of the initial case – remain in place, with ongoing testing and surveillance in operation."

Smart springs straight back into action at Beverley on Saturday, with his Royal Ascot hopeful Excellently Poised running in the Brian Yeardley Continental Two Year Old Trophy Conditions Stakes.

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