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The Orders and Rules of Racing

Race Manual (B)


38. False starts

38.1 The Starter may declare a false start

38.1.1 if he considers that through any faulty action of a starting gate or a starting stall a fair start has not been effected,
38.1.2 when a horse has broken away before the race has been declared Off, or
38.1.3 if, for safety reasons, the Starter releases the tape of the starting gate but does not intend to start the race.

38.2 Where a false start has been declared the Starter will order the Riders to return to the starting post by using the Recall Procedures.
38.3 The Starter's decision on all matters covered by Paragraphs 38.1 to 38.2 is final.
38.4 Where the Recall Procedures are initiated without his orders, the Starter must nevertheless declare it a false start.