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Randwick Horses Start To Recover

Monday, 10th September 2007

The form of equine influenza currently infecting horses at the Australian Jockey Club's Randwick training centre "may have a milder impact on the horses than first thought," reported racenet.com.au. A spokesman Bart Cummings's stables confirmed that "while all the horses at Leilani Lodge either have had, or presently have, the equine influenza virus, the horses are presently being walked twice daily & all are eating well despite having either an elevated temperature, coughing or a nasal discharge". Present thinking "is that once the virus has passed, many of the horses, if not all, will need spelling for 2-4 weeks before normal training can be resumed". The spokesman noted that, while horses which have the virus show symptoms of elevated temperature, coughing and/or nasal discharge, the stable did not have "any horse that is really sick: they are just off-colour so to speak". And he added that on Friday morning "a number of the horses that contracted the virus 1st are quite bright & kicking up their heels when being walked. This is a positive sign, as the virus is expected to pass in 5-7 days."

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