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Hong Kong Quarantine Laws Relaxed - Will we see more HK stars racing Australia?

We discuss the breaking news of the Hong Kong quarantine regulation being lifted.
Beauty Generation
Could Beauty Generation return to Australia to compete in the All-Star Mile? (Getty Images)

Hong Kong Quarantine Laws Relaxed - Will we see more HK stars racing Australia?


At long last the Hong Kong quarantine rule has been abolished.

The law, which meant any horse who had raced in Hong Kong had to spend another 180 days in a third country before coming Australia, has been relaxed to just two weeks in quarantine.

It has been an issue of much conjecture over the past two years, but now that the issue between the two jurisdictions has been resolved, the door is now open for both countries to send their best horses back and forth to compete in the best possible fields.

This year for the Hong Kong International Races, Australia has just one representative, In Her Time, competing as an outsider in the Hong Kong sprint. This is a race that the Aussies previously targeted and we should see a big contingent of horses heading over there in 12 months’ time.

The new laws also swing back the other way.

Star milers Beauty Generation could now conceivably enter All Star Mile, which would help generate some serious buzz for an event entering its second year. 

Not only that, but Hong Kong seems to have a new headline horse in sprinting sensation Aethero.

He made light work of a quality field at Group Two level last start and will make his next appearance against In Her Time.

Connections have left questions unanswered as to whether the galloper could be in the land of Oz in 12 months’ time for the $14 million Everest which would have to be a large carrot for them.

If he is to win in December, these rules being lifted certainly will help persuade these owners to make the trip over with what is being named as the world’s best sprinter.

Thanks to this rule being lifted, it is only a matter of months before we may see the bets of Hong Kong take on the best of Australia.

In the end, racing is the real winner.

Frequently Asked Questions About Quarantine

What was the Hong Kong quaranetine period?

Horses who had raced in Hong Kong were to spend 180 days in another country before coming to Australia.

The issue was put to hand heavily when Japanese star Lys Gracieux was aiming to take out the Cox Plate.

Why has the quarantine rule been changed?

The changing of this rule will now see some of the best Australian horses compete against the best Hong Kong horses in both jurisdictions.

Is this rule change positive on the racing industry?

This certainly is a positive seeing that horses such as Aethero and Beauty Generation are now able to compete in both jurisdictions in short periods and, crowd numbers may also rise if they wish to see two stars of the turf take on Australia's best.

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