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Weekend Phantom Races For Warwick Farm
Meanwhile NSW Primary Industries Minister Ian Macdonald confirmed a total ban on the movement of horses across NSW will remain in place for at least another week, though punters may be able to bet on "phantom races" at Warwick Farm this weekend. Macdonald noted: "We now have 835 horses infected with equine influenza on 119 confirmed properties across NSW. And more than 2,900 horses are suspect on a total of 319 locations around NSW. The State is still obviously in the grip of horse flu & the ban on the movement of horses must stay in place to stop the disease spreading further." However Macdonald confirmed the state government will support "phantom races" being held at Warwick Farm this Saturday with betting at Canterbury "subject to approval by the national Consultative Community on Emergency Animal Diseases, which we expect to be granted by Wednesday if there are no unforseen problems. The move would see horses back on the track, with punters able to watch broadcasts." The Daily Telegraph reported this morning the AJC "has received a massive 214 entries for the return of Sydney racing at Warwick Farm". And Macdonald added the government will next week look at possibly extending "phantom races" to tracks at Newcastle & Rosehill.