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Australians must accept the globalisation of the Melbourne Cup

August 29, 2012

There’s still more than two months until the Melbourne Cup, but already there is uproar over the likely number of internationally-trained runners in this year’s race.

The queen of Sydney racing, Gai Waterhouse, has been quoted as saying the qualification clauses are skewed for overseas horses.

“Unfortunately, the way the Melbourne Cup is these days, it is increasingly harder for the local horses to get in the race,” she told The Daily Telegraph.

“It has become an overseas affair now and that is terribly unfair. The qualifying clauses are completely wrong. The VRC should really seriously look at it.”

Please!

Waterhouse is one of racing’s best assets, but her attitude towards the globalisation of the Melbourne Cup is indicative of an inherent problem among the racing community – the inability to accept or address change.

The parochialism of Australians towards the race that stops the nation is something which needs to be addressed, hastily.

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