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Willie Mullins fears Cheltenham withdrawals over documentation

• Overseas runners have to return negative equine flu swab
• Trainer says protocols and vaccination rules are ‘confusing’

Willie Mullins, Ireland’s champion trainer for the past 11 seasons, has raised fears that horses may be forced to miss this week’s Cheltenham Festival due to irregularities with their passports or documentation.

Fresh procedures have been introduced before this year’s meeting following the outbreak of equine flu in February which resulted in British racing being suspended for six days. These include a requirement for all runners from overseas to have returned a negative swab for equine flu no more than 72 hours before their arrival at Cheltenham.

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