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By Mark Scully 11:55AM 24 NOV 2016
MATT CUMANI has had his three barns at Ballarat in Victoria placed under strict quarantine after a case of strangles was identified in one horse.
The son of Newmarket trainer Luca, who sent out Grey Lion in the Melbourne Cup earlier this month, will need permission from Racing Victoria before any horse is allowed to leave his stable complex to train, race or attend any other location.
Given that Cumani had also had horses stabled with James Wardeiner, his fellow trainer has also had quarantine restrictions placed upon his complex as a precaution.
No other trainer at the Ballarat complex has been affected and training at the facility is continuing as normal otherwise.
While rarely fatal, strangles is a highly contagious bacterial condition that often leads to upper respiratory tract disease in horses. It is transmitted via several means of direct and indirect contact between horses, such as through contaminated feed, bedding and clothing.
Racing Victoria has opened an investigation into how the infection came about, as well as looking at the timing of the notification of the infection by Cumani, who told racing.com on Wednesday the horse had been showing symptoms for three weeks prior to the diagnosis.