Japanese star Lys Gracieux has accepted an invitation to the 2019 Cox Plate after being given given special dispensation to race.
Under existing quarantine guidelines Lys Gracieux wouldn’t have been allowed in to the country, let alone take race in the Cox Plate.
Current quarantine regulations prevent horses who have run in Hong Kong from entering Australia unless they have spent 180 days in another country beforehand.
Lys Gracieux, winner of the Group 1 Takarazuka Kinen (2200m) in Japan, is also eligible for a $2M bonus as part of the Ladbrokes Cox Plate International Series.
Online bookmaker Sportsbet has Lys Gracieux on the fifth line of betting at $15.
The 2019 Cox Plate will be run at Moonee Valley on October 26.