France and Germany end equine flu biosecurity requirements

France Galop and the Direktorium in Germany have both announced the termination of requirements introduced during the heightened threat of equine flu around Europe.

In France, the effective date is tomorrow (Wednesday 8th May.) In Germany the change is with immediate effect.

Last week we mentioned that the Irish Racehorse Regulatory Board had announced that from 1st January 2020, all horses racing in Ireland will be required to be vaccinated with an equine influenza vaccine containing a Clade 1 representative every six months. For the remainder of this year, horses must have been vaccinated on or after the 18th January 2019 with a vaccine containing a Clade 1 equine influenza representative.

The BHA has informed us that talks are taking place between the three Tripartite countries (Britain, France and Ireland) to see if there is any prospect of alignment on aspects of the Equine flu protocols across the three countries.

Commonwealth Cup to be restricted to Colts and Fillies from 2020

From 2020, geldings will no longer be permitted to run in the Commonwealth Cup (Group 1, 6f, 3yo only) at Royal Ascot.  The European Pattern Committee (EPC) initially agreed to relax its Ground Rules relating to 3yo only Group 1 races to help the race to become established.  However, the BHA, with the support of the EPC, has now confirmed that, with effect from 2020, the race will become restricted to colts and fillies only.

This announcement is being made now to give horsemen an early warning of the change in race conditions.

For further information, please contact the BHA’s Racing Department on 020 7152 0050 or