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Chelmsford City Racecourse to stage extra fixture following equine flu outbreak

The new meeting will take place at Chelmsford City Racecourse next Wednesday. Credit: ITV News Anglia

There will be an extra fixture at Chelmsford City Racecourse next week to help make up for the races that were cancelled across the country due to an outbreak of equine flu.

The meeting at Chelmsford next Wednesday is one of six fixtures that have been scheduled at late notice by the British Horseracing Association.

Racing in Britain, including at Chelmsford, was cancelled for six days following the discovery of the highly contagious virus in some horses but has since resumed.

"Given the extraordinary circumstances of recent days we were acutely aware of the number of horses that will be needing to run next week throughout all levels of the horse population," Paul Johnson, Head of Racing at the BHA, said.

"As such, we have moved as quickly as possible to add six fixtures next week across both codes.

“Race programmes at these fixtures are being finalised but will reflect feedback from trainers received in recent days and weeks. Coupled with increased flexibility on divisions at many racecourses, the aim is very much to ensure that suitable opportunities exist for those horses that need them."

Where are the six additional race meetings?

  • Chelmsford City – Wednesday 20 February
  • Wolverhampton – Thursday 21 February
  • Catterick – Friday 22 February
  • Uttoxeter – Monday 25 February
  • Ffos Las – Tuesday 26 February
  • Musselburgh – Thursday 28 February