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Saturday, March 3, 2001


Racing is set to resume on Wednesday but all three scheduled cards on Thursday, March 8, will not go ahead, Wincanton, Carlisle and Towcester, the last two because they are in foot and mouth exclusion zones.

Wincanton is unable to put all the criteria outlined in the British Horseracing Board's guidelines, published on March 2, for the resumption of racing during the foot and mouth crisis into place in time for its fixture on Thursday, March 8, 2001

Ian Renton, Wincanton's Clerk of the Course, said: "We have had to abandon due to our inability to meet the BHB's criteria in the time scale."

On Wednesday Bangor and Catterick will not race, leaving Lingfield Park as the sole fixture that day. Another fixture is being arranged for Thursday by the British Horseracing Board.

Cheltenham Racecourse put the following statement on its Internet site www.cheltenham.co.uk this afternoon "The scare over possible foot and mouth disease at a farm in Woolstone, which is within a few miles of Cheltenham Racecourse, has not yielded any confirmed cases after four days which is encouraging.

"Plans are still continuing to stage the 2001 National Hunt Festival as scheduled on Tuesday, March 13, Wednesday, March 14, and Thursday, March 15.

"Cheltenham officials are continuing to monitor the situation very closely, as well as remaining in constant touch with the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food through the Jockey Club.

"All the measures announced by the Jockey Club and British Horseracing Board yesterday to reduce even further the very minimal risk of horses and racegoers going to race meetings spreading foot and mouth disease are being implemented by Cheltenham Racecourse. Racing in Britain is due to resume on Wednesday."

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