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Cummings Calls For Limit On Melb Cup Foreign Entries

Thursday, 30th October 2008

Veteran trainer & 11-time Melbourne Cup winner Bart Cummings "has called for a limit on overseas horses contesting Australia's greatest race," reported The Daily Telegraph. Cummings said local horses were "being denied the chance to compete in the nation's greatest staying event" due to the influx of overseas horses in recent times, noting: "It's getting harder for the Australians who support the industry throughout the year to get lower-weighted horses into the race". With a record 9 imports are set to contest the Cup on Tuesday, Cummings maintained "only the best overseas stayers should be invited" to contest the race, adding: "The Japanese have got a good idea - they choose the best Gr1-winners & invite them from around the world, but only have 4 or 5 foreign runners." However Victoria Racing Club chief executive Dale Monteith replied: "The Melbourne Cup has never been an invitational race & it never will be. The race is open to all-comers, which is why it is recognised as one of the world's great handicap races."

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