Deagon trainer has alerted racing industry of three cases of Strangles

A Deagon trainer has notified the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) that three of his thoroughbred race horses have tested positive for Strangles.

QRIC commissioner Ross Barnett said the highly contagious disease which leaves horses unwell with cold like symptoms was not life threatening.

“The Deagon stable has been placed under quarantine and will remain so until the stable is free of the disease,” he said.

“The health and welfare of racing animals is of the utmost importance and local trainers should be aware of the possibility of infection.”