Sue Kerkenezov, owner of Balliwood Stables and Equine Veterinary clinic in Ballina.
Sue Kerkenezov, owner of Balliwood Stables and Equine Veterinary clinic in Ballina.

No threat to race meets

LOCAL horse racing clubs will continue to conduct meetings, despite another Hendra outbreak at Lismore over the at the weekend.

Ballina Jockey Club chief executive Sarah Wills believes racehorses are at minimal risk of contracting the virus.

“All racing horses are kept in stables and so is their food and water,” Ms Wills said.

“Most horses that come to our meetings have also been in stables for at least two months.

“Trainers are taking every precaution possible but I’ve only heard of paddock horses contracting the virus.

“We’ll continue to race and I think we are at a very low risk here in Ballina.”

A Lismore horse died late Thursday – the 10th equine death attributed to the deadly virus in New South Wales and Queensland and the fourth on the North Coast.

Lismore Turf Club secretary-manager Michael Timbrell said the race club is doing everything it can to prevent an outbreak.

“We’re not concerned but we’re keeping trainers informed with any new information that comes in,” Mr Timbrell said.

“Racing New South Wales sends any new information out to us and we forward it on to all the trainers.

“All we can do is stay on the front foot and try to avoid it.”

Mr Timbrell is looking ahead to the University Race Day at Lismore on July 30.

“We haven’t raced since March 5 and we need to start up again,” he said.

The Lismore Cup will be held on September 22.

Ballina Jockey Club will hold a full TAB meeting at the course on Friday.



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