Strangles found in Cumani stable in Ballarat, stable quaratined

The stables of two Ballarat gallops trainers have been quarantined after a case of the infectious disease strangles was found on Thursday.

SHUT DOWN: Matt Cumani, pictured working on a horse earlier in the spring carnival, has had to quarantine his stables in Ballarat. Picture: Getty Images

SHUT DOWN: Matt Cumani, pictured working on a horse earlier in the spring carnival, has had to quarantine his stables in Ballarat. Picture: Getty Images

Racing Victoria stewards confirmed the stables of licensed trainers Matt Cumani and James Wardeiner had been declared an “infected place”, requiring the horses in each to be quarantined.

Stewards reported that stable inspections had identified strangles in a horse in one of three stables registered to Cumani. 

Stewards have ordered all three of Cumani’s stables be quarantined.

As Cumani has also had horses stabled in the same stable complex as Wardeiner this month, stewards also quarantined Wardeiner’s as a matter of precaution.

The stewards have told Cumani and Wardeiner that no horses are permitted to leave their stable complex to train, race or attend another location until approval is granted by RV.

No restrictions have been placed on any other Ballarat trainers, nor has training at the Ballarat Turf Club been suspended or any conditions imposed.