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Quarantine Cloud Also Hangs Over Melb Cup Raiders

Monday, 4th July 2011

Meanwhile Racing Victoria officials “will attempt to broker a solution today that will allow European horses to compete at this year's Spring Carnival after 2 key quarantine stations were declared unsuitable” reported The Sydney Morning Herald. The Australian Quarantine & Inspection Service last week declared that “the Ballydoyle quarantine establishment in Ireland & the Side Hill operation in Newmarket in England were not suitable”. The AQIS decision “has sent shockwaves through the Australian racing industry and, more importantly, Racing Victoria as owners & trainers of European stayers are on the cusp of deciding whether to send their horses to Australia for the carnival”. It appears AQIS's objection to both quarantine centres “is that outside horses are allowed too close to those stabled in the centres”. AQIS maintains that a distance of 100m must be kept between horses that are in quarantine & those that aren't. RV racing operations manager Paul Bloodworth said yesterday that RV had been “in contact with AQIS & was hopeful that a solution would be met”. On September 24 stayers wishing to compete in the Caulfield Cup must be in quarantine, while on October 8 the Melbourne Cup contingent must enter a quarantine centre. If both stations were to be deemed unacceptable “it could result in no European entrants competing in this year's Caulfield & Melbourne Cups. Bloodworth commented: “We are hopeful that we'll be able to find a solution to this problem. We are vitally aware of the importance of getting European stayers to Australia for the Spring.”

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