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Ascot meeting to go ahead with inclusion of two Newbury races

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Staff at Ascot Racecourse have confirmed they will stage a nine race card on Saturday, which will include the postponed Betfair Hurdle and Denman Chase from Newbury.

The confirmation comes after a horse racing shutdown in Britain, brought on by an outbreak of equine flu, was lifted last night.

The British Horseracing Authority had to suspend horse racing last week, but it's said action can resume from tomorrow under strict biosecurity controls.

The suspension of action in the sport was announced on Thursday last week, after cases of the virus were confirmed in Cheshire and later in Newmarket.

In a post on Twitter, Ascot Racecourse has confirmed it's meeting on Saturday will go ahead as planned - and there will be special arrangements in place for those who were due to attend Newbury's meeting last weekend.

Harriet Collins from Newbury Racecourse has told us they're all delighted racing can get back underway - and she's pleased Ascot have been able to help:

Lambourn based trainer Nicky Henderson has welcomed the news.

He’s tweeted to say it’s ‘wonderful news’ and congratulated the British Horseracing Authority for handling the situation ‘efficiently, professionally, and quickly’. 

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