Nervous wait for Ballina stable

A BALLINA trainer should know by Monday if one of his horses has contracted the potentially deadly Hendra virus.

The 15-horse stable will remain in precautionary quarantine until tests are fully analysed by Department of Primary Industry veterinarians.

A DPI spokesman yesterday confirmed they were still awaiting comprehensive results after initial tests proved inconclusive.

“There have been no more advances,” the spokesman said.

“There are a number of tests going on and we haven't had any results at this point.

“We should have a pretty good idea by Monday.”

All horses in the stable were tested after one showed symptoms of the rare virus. Tests on the 14 other horses all proved negative.

Meanwhile, several other Ballina trainers rallied behind the trainer, saying they suspected the incident had been blown out of proportion.

The incident has not disrupted the Ballina Jockey Club, which is charging ahead with preparations for the 120th running of the Byron Bay Cup.

The event will run on August 31, with $22,000 in prizemoney for the cup and a total of $81,000 prizemoney on the day.



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