Thursday Evening Sports Update

The British Horseracing Authority have suspended racing in the UK until next Wednesday at the earliest.

It follows an outbreak of equine flu at the yard of former Grand National-winning trainer Donald McCain.

The BHA say the disease can take up to three days before symptoms are visible, meaning it will be Sunday at the earliest before they can gather all the necessary information about a possible resumption.

The three horses at McCain’s yard had all been vaccinated against the disease.

Horses from the UK will not be allowed race in Ireland until further notice, but racing is to continue here at home for now.

The British Horse Racing Authority’s chief regulatory officer Brant Dunshea says the equine influenza outbreak is a concern for all horses – and not just those that race.

Leading trainer Nicky Henderson says the flu outbreak will have major financial implications on the sport.

SOCCER

Southampton striker Danny Ings has been ruled out for up to three weeks.

The former Liverpool forward sustained a hamstring injury in the first half of Saturday’s 1-1 draw with another of his former sides, Burnley.

Ings will definitely miss Saturday’s home fixture with Cardiff, and likely the trip to Arsenal and the game with Fulham.

Southampton currently sit 16th in the Premier League and just two-points above the relegation zone.

Fulham manager Claudio Ranieri’s issued a rallying cry to his players in their bid to avoid Premier League relegation.

They go into Saturday’s match with in-form Manchester United second from bottom – and seven points from safety.

GAELIC GAMES

Mary Immaculate College Limerick are through to the semi finals of hurling’s Fitzgibbon Cup following a 2-20 to 0-13 win over Cork I-T.

Joining Mary-I in the semis are NUI Galway following their 1-15 to 2-10 victory over Limerick I-T.

The most dominant college in the competition’s history – UCC – face IT Carlow tonight.

While DCU and DIT meet in a Dublin derby at DCU’s Sportsgrounds.

SNOOKER

Mark Allen faces disciplinary action after conceding a match-winning frame with 11 reds still on the table at the World Grand Prix.

The Belfast-man was only 24-2 behind when he forfeited after going in-off a yellow.

Rules state that players are subject to disciplinary action if they concede a frame it is mathematically possible to win.