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Guide to the international runners for the Spring Carnival

September 30, 2012

With the meetings spread across this weekend (Moonee Valley Friday, Rosehill Saturday, Caulfield Sunday) I didn’t do any previews this weekend – mainly because Moonee Valley looked the perfect card for favourites, Rosehill didn’t have much depth, and Caulfield is a strange meeting (good but strange). Full previews will be back next weekend for Turnbull Stakes Day at Flemington and Super Saturday, featuring four Group 1s, from Randwick.

In the meantime, here is an article I’ve written for The Roar about the international runners for the Spring Carnival who arrived in Melbourne yesterday. This article was published yesterday, but I’ve only had the chance to publish it here today.

Saturday in Melbourne not only marks one of the most important sporting events in the Australian calendar, the AFL Grand Final, but it also signifies a “changing of the guard” of sorts.

Saturday sees the arrival of the first internationally-trained horses aiming to win the Melbourne Cup, indicating a shift from the footy season to spring racing.

There are 16 horses on this first shipment. They left quarantine on Thursday, heading to London’s Heathrow Airport where they boarded a specialised cargo plane to take them on their long journey.

It has been more than 40 hours from door to door, with stops in Dubai and Singapore before they arrive at Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport at 12:05pm Saturday.

Not all of today’s arrivals will be prepared by international trainers, with a number set to join local trainers for their assault on the spring features.

Others will continue to race for their previous trainer, but switch to an Australian trainer after the spring. And of course, there are the usual visitors who will return to Europe after the spring.

To read more, click here to head over to The Roar.

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