Racing Victoria (RV) is pleased to advise that the Australian Quarantine Inspection Service (AQIS) has today approved the pre-export quarantine arrangements at Newmarket, United Kingdom, thus paving the way for European horses to compete during Victoria’s 2011 Spring Racing Carnival.
“We are delighted that AQIS has given approval for quarantine at Newmarket which will ensure that European trainers can continue their preparations for this year’s Spring Racing Carnival safe in the knowledge that the required quarantine facilities exist,” RV Chief Executive, Rob Hines, said.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank AQIS for their efforts in reaching this positive outcome, together with officials at IRT and Side Hill who were also instrumental.
“We are continuing our positive discussions with AQIS around pre-export quarantine facilities at Ballydyole in Ireland and remain confident of reaching a resolution that would allow Coolmore-owned horses such as So You Think to return to Australia via that facility should his owners so desire.”
The first list of international contenders for the Spring Racing Carnival will be known next Tuesday, 2 August when nominations close for the BMW Caulfield Cup and Tatts Cox Plate.
Nominations for the Emirates Melbourne Cup close a month later on Thursday, 1 September, where additional international contenders will emerge.