RacingauthoritiesresolveCupnamesissue

October30,20184:10pm。

byAAP

ConfusionsurroundingtwoMelbourneCuprunnershasendedwithRacingAustraliaallowingYucatanandSoundChecktorunundertheiroriginalnamesatFlemington。

InastatementonTuesday,RacingAustraliasaidasbothhorseshadcompetedinAustraliaunderthosenamestheycankeepthemwhentheylineupinnextTuesdaysMelbourneCup。

YucatanwontheHerbertPowerStakesatCaulfieldonOctober13,elevatinghimtoMelbourneCupfavouritewhileSoundCheckranintheCaulfieldCupthefollowingweek。

AshorseswerealreadyregisteredtoraceinAustraliawiththosenames,YucatanIreandSoundwereapprovedfortheMelbourneCupbeforeTuesdaysdecision。

AreviewtobeheldinDecemberbytheRacingAustraliaBoardwillconsideradoptingtheinternationalpracticewhereasuffixisattachedtothenameofanyimportedracehorsewhichsharesthenameofalocalthoroughbred。

AsbothhorseshavealreadycompetedinAustraliathisseasonundertheiroriginalnames,andrecognisingtheMelbourneCupisbroadcastglobally,thestandardnamingpracticeswillnotbeappliedinthisinstance,thestatementsaid。

TraditionallyinternationalracehorsescomingtoAustralia,temporarilyorpermanently,havebeenrequiredtochangetheirnameswherethenameisalsoregisteredtoanAustralianracehorse。