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Cups Locals Could Still Face Internationals

Friday, 3rd July 2020

The prospect of no international campaigners tackling the big Spring Cups in Victoria has probably had many local owners and trainers dreaming of possibilities, however it might be more complicated than that. According to racenet.com.au, Racing Victoria has confirmed that at this point no connections of international horses will be allowed into Australia even if their horses are. Although that might not be a game changer for overseas raiding parties intent on participating – albeit they'd have to watch the races from overseas – the sticking point is more likely to be around the travelling staff. Even if local trainers assume responsibility for international horses once they arrive in Australia (as is the case with some New Zealand raiders), there is a big question mark over who will look after them at Werribee's mandatory quarantine facility. Racing officials have already made a preliminary approach to the Federal government in the hope that trainers and travelling staff will be exempt from existing laws and be allowed to undergo 14-day self isolation. All of the above could become a moot point if Victoria is unable to rein in a growing second wave of COVID-19 cases over the coming few months.

Surprise Baby

Surprise Baby is one of the leading local Cups hopes (pic: Mark Gatt)
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