Melbourne Cup defender among 13 international runners subjected to a double quarantine

Horses arriving from overseas for the 2021 Spring Carnival racesunderwent 14 days’ pre-export quarantine overseas and also must complete 14 days’ post-arrival quarantine at government approved facilities.

Last year’s Melbourne Cup winner Twilight Payment is among 13 international runners to complete a minimum of 14 days’ mandatory post-arrival quarantine before embarking on their spring carnival racing campaigns.

The 9-year-old Irish superstar was one of four international horses to touch down at Tullamarine Airport and immediately was confinded to comply with our biosecurity conditions and spend time in quarantine to ensure they don’t bring pests or diseases in with them.

This year’s contenders will quarantine at either the International Horse Centre at Werribee, Melbourne or Canterbury Park International Horse Centre, Sydney.

These government approved facilities mean that horses can continue track work while in quarantine where they must undergo strict, mandatory testing to ensure that Australia remains free of diseases like equine influenza and equine piroplasmosis.

Researchers funded by the Australian Government’s Biosecurity Innovation Program, identified a new Hendra variant and subsequently developed a test to detect the potentially fatal virus in horses.

In early October a case of this variant in a horse near Newcastle was confirmed using the test.

Biosecurity is every-one’s, and every-equine’s business to provide strict biosecurity oversight of all horses, donkeys and mules imported into Australia. Each horse is treated the same, whether it is a racehorse, shuttle stallion, breeding stock or companion animal.

Punters can place a bet on international champions while being assured that we are protecting our industries, environment and communities from unwanted pests and diseases.