The Global Sprint Challenge, which links a series of Group 1 races across Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, the U.A.E. and Britain, has been suspended this year due to the continued dispute over quarantine restrictions between Australia and Hong Kong.
According to a report in the Racing Post, the Australian government and the Hong Kong Jockey Club have been at odds over the quarantine arrangements for the new Conghua training center in mainland China.
Last October, Australia's Department of Agriculture and Water Resources imposed a six-month quarantine procedure on horse imports from Hong Kong after announcing that they were not satisfied with the bio-security arrangements proposed by the HKJC on its new Conghua facility.
The Global Sprint Challenge began in 2005. The King's Stand Stakes, Diamond Jubilee and July Cup are the British legs of the series.
“The partners in the Global Sprint Challenge felt it would be unfair to stage a series of races in which some horses were unable to compete in certain legs, therefore we have regrettably decided to suspend the Challenge in 2018,” said series chairman Leigh Jordon.
Read more in the Racing Post
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