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Aust Quarantine Officials Delay Japan Melb Cup Plans
Racing Victoria's Leigh Jordon revealed the potential involvement of Japanese stayers in this year's historic 150th Gr1 Melbourne Cup remains frustratingly delayed by slow-moving Australian Government bureaucracy. Jordon told Radio Sport 927 that government officials have been given "manuals from each of the Japanese training centres" (including Tokyo & Nakayama racecourses) likely to have horses being aimed at Melbourne spring campaigns, which detail the quarantine procedures at each centre. Jordon noted: "We are really reliant now on our government to basically tick-off those manuals & fly to Japan & inspect those facilities. The early information we have out of the government is that they believe it will take them 4 weeks to review the manuals, which I just find staggering given that there has been quarantine in the past held in these 3 centres. This is just another example of government red tape & inactivity. So if the Federal Minister Tony Bourke is serious about his claims that Japanese horses will come here this year for the Melbourne Cup, I think he probably needs to act a little bit swifter than 4 weeks, given that trainers and owners have told us in Japan that they really needed some surety by the end of May which has passed. We need to give them time to prepare their horses."