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Brisbane Tracks Locked-Down After Horse Flu Positives
Brisbane's Eagle Farm & Doomben racetracks have been locked-down after Queensland Racing yesterday received advice from the Department Of Primary Industries & Fisheries that" initial samples taken from horses trained at Doomben & stabled at Hendra have returned positive to equine influenza". Confirmative tests "are underway & confirmation or otherwise is expected this morning". QR chief operations manager Malcolm Tuttle commented: "If indeed our worst fears are realised, this will be a considerable setback for thoroughbred racing in Queensland. As a precaution, QR & DPIF have locked down the metropolitan precinct & there will be no further training or racing activity at Eagle Farm or Doomben until further notice."