Strangles has been confirmed today (14 October) on a racing yard in Lambourn.

Trainer Stan Moore reported through the National Trainers Federation that a yearling filly, that arrived in his yard from Ireland on 2 October, has the potentially fatal respiratory infection.

Although strangles is not a notifiable disease, under the rules of racing Mr Moore had to report the case to the British Horseracing Authority (BHA).

And under veterinary advice he has put in place measures to control any possible spread of the disease. The filly concerned has been isolated and the yard, Berkley House Stables, put in quarantine until the result of further tests.

Neighbouring yards, those in charge of horses with which the filly has come into contact and Jockey Club Estates, owner of the Lambourn gallops, have all been informed.

Tim Morris, BHA director of equine science and welfare, said, “Stan called us straight away this morning and I’m satisfied that all the appropriate steps are being taken to protect other horses in the yard and the rest of the horse population from infection.”