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Work Begins On Werribee Quarantine Centre
Racing Victoria announced "work has commenced" on the new $1.4 million International Horse Quarantine Centre at Werribee Racecourse "ahead of the 2010 Spring Racing Carnival". The centre "will serve as the home for international racehorses that campaign in Victoria, assuming the role from the decommissioned quarantine centre at Betfair Park (Sandown in Melbourne) which has served the industry for the past 17 years". The centre will house up to 24 horses across 2 compounds & is due for completion by August. Visiting horses "will enjoy 1st-class training facilities, with the entire Werribee circuit resurfaced". RV general manager racing operations Leigh Jordon noted: "The industry-owned & administered International Horse Quarantine Centre at Werribee is a critical tool in attracting international horses to Victoria to compete in our premier races. With this year's Spring Racing Carnival featuring the historic 150th Emirates Melbourne Cup, we are expecting to house a strong contingent of international horses at our new state-of-the-art facility at Werribee."