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Officials "Confident" To Fix Aust "Quarantine Problem"
Meanwhile Racing Victoria’s Melbourne Cup international ambassador Leigh Jordon (in Europe to recruit runners for the Melbourne Spring Carnival) “said he was confident a solution could be found to the quarantine issues preventing connections of So You Think lining up a possible bid for a third Cox Plate & that risk undermining the international challenge for the Cup itself,” reported racingpost.com. Dialogue was “continuing with officials from the Australian Government to try to overcome objections the Australian Quarantine & Inspection Service have to the use of the facilities at Ballydoyle in Ireland & Side Hill Stud in Newmarket”. Jordon “is hoping the issues will be resolved this week” & confirmed: "They're working through the issues & I'm confident we'll actually get a solution.” Both Ballydoyle & Side Hill have been used previously as quarantine bases for runners heading to Australia & last year's Melbourne Cup winner Americain “spent his time in Newmarket before running at Flemington”. With entries for the Gr1 Cox Plate & Gr1 Caulfield Cup closing on August 1 & the Gr1 Melbourne Cup on September 1, “a number of trainers are monitoring developments”.