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Victorian strangles case confirmed
03 Nov 2017 | Racing Victoria 

Racing Victoria (RV) stewards advised on Friday night that a case of Strangles has been confirmed in a racehorse at “Glenfern Park”, the Romsey pre-training facility of licensed trainer George Osborne where 12 racehorses and a pony are currently located.

Mr Osborne also has two licensed training stables in Kyneton. “Awesome Park” is utilised exclusively by Mr Osborne and has 19 racehorses located there.

Mr Osborne shares the second training stable, “Eden Park”, with licensed trainers Dean Krongold and Jarrod Robinson. There are collectively 23 racehorses and one pony located at this stable.

Following an inspection by RV veterinarians late this afternoon, all three properties have been declared an “infected place” pursuant to Australian Rule of Racing 64K(4) thus requiring the horses within to be quarantined.

“Awesome Park” and “Eden Park” have been placed under quarantine as a matter of precaution given the recent movement of horses between Mr Osborne’s properties.

The stewards have advised Mr Osborne, Mr Krongold and Mr Robinson, that no horses are permitted to leave the three properties until approved is granted by RV.

With the Kyneton Cup meeting scheduled to be run next Wednesday, 8 November, RV veterinarians also inspected the Kyneton Racecourse which is located in close proximity to “Eden Park” and “Awesome Park”.

The veterinarians are comfortable at this time for the race meeting to proceed as scheduled given the distance between the stables and the raceday stalls, along with the fact that Strangles is not an airborne disease.

Strangles is an infectious bacterial condition that is transmitted via direct contact between individual horses and/or through indirect contact in several ways. Contaminated feed, water, bedding, stables, stable utensils, halters, brushes, boots, clothing and transport vehicles are important in the spread of infection.

Strangles usually causes upper respiratory tract disease, but can also affect the lungs. It is highly contagious although rarely fatal.


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