Best Odds with Top Tote+ and Bet Back Offers!
Register at Australia's #1 Online Bookmaker!
Back A Winner!
Sign-Up to Australia's Fastest Growing Online Bookmaker!
Back Yourself!
Sign-up and start betting with Ladbrokes in 2 minutes!
Watch Live Racing FREE!
Sign-up now and Watch every Race Live and Free on your Phone!
Best Of The Best Odds!
Bet With Palmerbet and get Paid Top Fluc or Top Tote!
*Conditions Apply. Excl VIC, NSW, SA & WA. Gamble Responsibly
Image: Bruno Cannatelli
David Ellis is hopeful the borders between NZ and Australia can open before spring

Leading New Zealand owner David Ellis is hopeful the borders between New Zealand and Australia can open again to allow for horse movement between the two countries.

The coronavirus pandemic halted horse movement between the countries while the virus caused a shutdown to racing in New Zealand.

While horse movement resumed on April, it was again suspended last month after a horse tested positive to an equine disease.

New Zealand racing is set to resume on July 3 and Ellis, who is Principal of Te Akau Racing, hopes horse travel can resume beforehand allowing Te Akau Racing to ship 12 horses to Melbourne for the spring carnival.

Te Akau Racing already has Melody Belle and Probabeel in work in Sydney while Te Akau Shark is around 10 days away from returning after a break.

The trio campaigned in Sydney during the autumn and did not travel back to New Zealand and will be joined by Avantage and Prise De Fer in being nominated for the Cox Plate.

“We’re just waiting to see when we can transport horses because we intend to take a dozen to Melbourne for the spring,” Ellis told RSN.

“We’re hopeful that New Zealand and Australia can become a bubble and we can travel.

“It looks like the virus is completely under control in New Zealand. I would say next week we would be back to level one and be back to normal very shortly.

“We’re hopeful in the month of June that we can start travelling to Australia.

“That hasn’t been confirmed but for the sake of racing we need it to happen and we’re optimistic that it will.”

Ellis, who was recently awarded the Companion of New Zealand Order of Merit as part of the Queen’s Birthday Honours, has backed the move of the 2020 Caulfield Cup from its mid-October date this year.

“Personally I do hope they change the Caulfield Cup for the reasons of the football,” he said.

“It’s only for one year because it’s such a brilliant carnival, but I hope it doesn’t change long term.”

*Existing customers only. 2nd Racing bet. Excl SA & WA. Tโ€™s & Cโ€™s apply. Gamble responsibly.
Featured News

Free Racing Bonus Bets and Offers

We take a look at the BIGGEST and BEST Free Daily Racing Offers and Betting Promotions from Australia’s leading online...

Victorian horses banned from NSW

Racing NSW has banned horses trained in Victoria from taking part in races in the northern state for an indefinite...

Te Akau Shark suffering from post surgery complications

Star New Zealand galloper Te Akau Shark remains in an equine hospital in Sydney after undergoing eye surgery. Te Akau...

Watch: Riderless horse claims run of the week

Iโ€™ve just watched all the replays from the weekendโ€™s racing and well, I have to say this. Probably the best...

Black Caviar’s latest foal gets a name

Black Caviar’s latest foal has already been named by connections. The son of Black Caviar by leading stallion I Am...

Multiple G1 winner onto his sixth trainer

In a move that has angered some racing fans Group One winner Humidor will again be on the move to...

Watch: Punters in uproar over upheld protest

There was quite the hue and cry out of Hawkesbury yesterday when the stewards upheld a protest. The favourite at...

Watch: First starter at $101 wins like an odds on shot

Connections of a first starter at Donald on Saturday either don’t bet or they were unaware of the ability that...

Top Sydney trainer charged after G2 winner tests positive to ice

Top Sydney trainer John O’Shea has been charged by the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission after one of his horses tested...

Jockey in trouble over whip rule tweet

A tongue in cheek tweet about current whip rules has landed a Victorian jockey in trouble. Jockey Jamie Mott has...

Kiwi star suffering from rare eye condition

A rare eye condition that needs surgery will delay the return to training of two-time Group One winner Te Akau...

NZ jockey banned for life

A New Zealand jockey has been banned for life over charges relating to a conspiracy to harm another jockey during...

Australian Bookmaker Reviews

Which bookmaker should you bet with? We Review each of the leading online Australian Bookmakers and rate them in order...

Copyright © 2020 Just Horse Racing.
All rights reserved - Privacy Policy

Gamble Responsibly 18+
*State exclusions apply to some offers. Please check T&Cs of each offer with the bookmaker. All Offers Exclude NSW residents.