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2019 Cox Plate news – Bookies refund bets on Lys Gracieux after Japanese contender denied entry into Australia

Lys Gracieux (left) warming up on the Hong Kong dirt back in August.

Ladbrokes and bet365 are amongst the bookmakers to have refunded bets placed on Lys Gracieux in the Cox Plate, after Japanese contender was denied entry into the country.

With superstar mare and four-time Cox Plate winner, Winx now enjoying life in retirement, organisers at Moonee Valley are keen to bolster the international contingent set to take part in this year’s edition. Fellow mare, Lys Gracieux was handed an invitational entry, following a Group One victory in her homeland and a fine third in Hong Kong's prestigious Queen Elizabeth II Cup, with the likes of Ladbrokes and bet365 quickly cutting the Japanese entry into a single-figure price.

This seemed like a popular and sensible decision at the time, one that would raise the profile of this excellent Group One onto a international level. Yet, those plans came crashing down earlier this week when it was revealed that Lys Gracieux wouldn’t even be able to enter the country, let alone the 2019 Cox Plate.

Quarantine regulations state that horses competing in Hong Kong must spend a minimum of 180-days in another country before they are allowed to step foot on Australia soil. Racing Club chairman, Dan Casboult personally handed Lys Gracieux’s team the invitation on April 28th, 181 days before this year’s renewal of the Cox Plate, making it practically impossible for the Japanese mare to compete, unless she was rushed to the airport and flown to a different country that very evening.

This astonishing blunder by the Moonee Valley Racing Club has left bookmakers scrambling for cover. Race sponsors Ladbrokes were one of the first to act, announcing that all fixed odds bets placed on Lys Gracieux in the Cox Plate were to be refunded.

“All bets on Lys Gracieux will be refunded given the circumstances of eligibility,” Ladbrokes spokesman, Roger Oldridge stated this morning.

Along with Ladbrokes, BetEasy and Neds have also indicated they will refund any bets written on Lys Gracieux, while bet365, Sportsbet, TAB.com.au will refund all pre-nominations bets on horses not in first nominations.

*Current 2019 Cox Plate (Moonee Valley, 26/10/19) betting with Ladbrokes*
7/2 Mystic Journey, 6/1 Avilius, 8/1 Crystal Ocean, 10/1 Almond Eye, Verry Elleegant, Benbatl, 12/1 Ghaiyyath, 16/1 Bar


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2019 Cox Plate news – Bookies refund bets on Lys Gracieux after Japanese contender denied entry into Australia

Ladbrokes and bet365 are amongst the bookmakers who have refunded bets placed on Lys Gracieux in the Cox Plate, after Japanese contender was denied entry into the country ahead of the big race at Moonee Valley on Saturday 26th October.

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