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Mill Reef

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Posted: Thu Apr 29, 2021 20:34 pm

The Australian Racing Authority has announced there will be new conditions which will apply to overseas runners in the Melbourne Cup:(see below)

Key changes to the 2021 Melbourne Cup

Horses must undergo full body scans at the expense of their connections two to six weeks prior to entering quarantine. Those who have had a previous major fracture or orthopaedic surgery will be excluded from travelling

An RV-appointed vet will conduct a pre-travel examination in quarantine within a week of travelling to Australia to ensure the ongoing suitability of horses to travel

Horses must also undergo a CT scan of their distal limbs prior to each start before being permitted to compete. Dedicated RV-appointed veterinary staff will provide and/or oversee veterinary clinical services instead of private vets

The number of international horses permitted to enter Werribee will be capped at 24 down from an uncapped peak of 42 in 2018. Modifications will take place to the training tracks

International horses who travel via Werribee will be permitted to have a maximum of one start prior to the Melbourne Cup

Is this an effort to stop overseas trainers from winning the race?
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