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Spring racing carnival boosted by Japanese imports

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Senator the Hon. Joe Ludwig Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestr y Senator for Queensland

Spring racing carnival boosted by Japanese imports

21 September 2010 DAFF10/002L

During a visit to Melbourne, Minister for Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry Joe Ludwig today welcomed the arrival of the first Japanese race horse to take part in the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival in three years.

“The arrival of ‘Tokai Trik’ is a boost for the Australian thoroughbred racing industry and marks the first horse import from Japan since the equine influenza outbreak in 2007,” Minister Ludwig said.

“Japanese horses have featured prominently in our spring racing carnival in previous years and I welcome their return to Australia.”

“The resumption of imports from Japan has only been possible due to the implementation of the recommendations of Justice Callinan’s enquiry into the outbreak of equine influenza in Australia.”

"Aside from putting in place comprehensive new quarantine processes for the importation of horses, officers from the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry have been providing assistance and advice to Racing Victoria Limited on the design and operation of the Werribee International Horse Centre."

“This hard work ensures the facility meets stringent biosecurity requirements which enable the clearance of horses in time for the spring racing carnival,” Minister Ludwig said.

“The Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) has played a pivotal role in establishing new protocols to allow Japanese horses to participate in the spring racing carnival.”

‘Tokai Trik’ joins three other international horses at Werribee International Horse Centre ahead of the start of the racing carnival.

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