Bug ends season for Danedream

Danedream’s season is over in circumstances nobody could have anticipated. Last week she was one of the favourites for the Arc, but fate took a turn in the form of equine infectious anaemia, and she was unable to travel to France.

Another horse in one of the stables in Cologne, where Peter Schiergen trains Danedream had tested positive for the virus last week, with the result that all 300 or so horses stabled there were put into quarantine. Trainer Peter Schiergen had hoped that it might be possible to take the horse east for the Japan Cup next month, but that the quarantine means that has now virtually been ruled out.

Although Danedream herself has been tested and found to be free of the virus, she and all other Cologne based horses will be confined to quarters until a second series of tests take place, which is unlikely to happen before next January. The problem means an end to racing for this year at the track, with the result that Dusseldorf has picked up the final card, and will host the Group 3 Preis des Winterfavoriten, Germany’s Racing Post Trophy, on Sunday.

As for Danedream, Patrick Barbe, spokesman for part owner Teruya Yoshida said it was likely that she would stay in training with Schiergen and would race again next year. He said, “At the moment the chances are good. Maybe she will go to Dubai to start with. She will go on any going, any track; what she needs is a very competitive race. But at the moment we have other problems before thinking of that.”

Meanwhile, authorities have announced the permanent closure of the circuit at Bremen after the meeting there on 21 October. The track has been run by the local authority, and following the latest elections in the region, the new council has said it will not continue any financial support for the racetrack.

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    • IanS
      IanS says:

      Equine Iinfectious Anemia is quite unusual, thankfully. In the UK there was one case in 1976, another in 2012 and one this year, none in racehorses. But the law requires any infected animal to be put down. In America, things are less severe. If it crops up, an infected horse has to be kept 300 yard away from any uninfected animal. As there’s no known treatment for the disease, you have to isolate it to prevent any further transmission. As the symptoms don’t usually appear immediately after infection, there’s a lengthy quarantine period.

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