Fair point. Hadn't been following the spring racing and was surprised in late Oct when I saw there were going to be so many internationals running in the Cup. I guess those people are wealthy enough to avoid mixing with the hoi polloi, so the chances of it coming unstuck are decreased. That's not a justification BTW.I'm still bemused how all the international horses and contingents seem to be allowed in to Victoria so easily
Seems to be a variety of standards in play, depending on how important you are. Maybe that's why they stopped sending citizens to Christmas Island. The disparity is stark.