Japanese Melbourne Cup Hopefuls Enter Quarantine

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Racing Victoria has confirmed that the two Japanese Melbourne Cup nominees, Bande and Admire Rakti have gone into quarantine at the Tokyo racecourse on Wednesday. The duo will be out of action for nearly a month due to quarantine provisions that require the horses to stay in Japanese quarantine for two weeks and then again in Australian qurantine for two more weeks.

The Australian Rules of Racing make it mandatory for all foreign horses to stay in quarantine for a period of 14 days before arriving in Australia.

The duo is expected to participate in the Caulfield Cup first, after which they will be participating in the Melbourne Cup. The horses will be the first horses to arrive from Japan after five years of absence of stayers from the country.

Admire Rakti is one of the most talented horses in Japan, with the speedster having won the country’s prestigious Japan Cup last year. Meanwhile Bande is recognized as one of the most talented emerging horses from the country.


James is an Australian Horse Racing enthusiast and latest news reporter

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