Trainer Manual (C)
Schedule 5 - Stalls tests
Stalls test certificates
1.1 The Starter will inform the Racing Calendar Office once a horse has satisfactorily passed a stalls test. The location and conduct of the stalls test must be approved by the BHA.
1.2 If the Trainer wishes to conduct the stalls test at a race meeting, the Trainer must advise the Clerk of the Course by noon on the day before that on which the horse is to be tested.
1.3 Stalls tests at a race meeting will be conducted 30 minutes before the first race and will take place at the stalls position for the start of that race.
1.4 Where a Trainer or his representative presents a horse to be tested, he must
- 1.4.1 report to the Starter 15 minutes before the stalls test is conducted,
1.4.2 present the horse's passport to the Starter for inspection before the horse is put into the stalls, and
1.4.3 ensure that either he or a responsible member of his staff is present (in addition to the Person riding the horse) when the horse is passed through the stalls.
1.5 A horse will not be passed if it is only in the care of one or more inexperienced stable employees.
1.6 A horse shall be regarded as having passed satisfactorily through stalls only if
- 1.6.1 it is capable of being led in by one handler, with assistance from no more than two handlers at the rear, or
1.6.2 for a horse which is seeking to be certified as suitable to be loaded with the front gate open or reversed into the stalls, loads to the satisfaction of the starter,
and in either set of circumstances
1.6.3 it remains in the stall for a minimum of one minute without becoming unruly.
1.7 At the discretion of the Starter a horse may be blindfolded while the test is carried out.
Sampling of horses taking starting stalls tests
2.1 This Schedule applies where a horse is presented for a starting stalls test
- 2.1.1 following a Starter's report under Rule (B)41.2;
2.1.2 under Paragraph 4 (Debutant Tests); or
2.1.3 under Paragraph 5 (Pre-Race Assessments).
2.2 Where a horse is presented for a stalls test, it may be required to provide a sample.
2.3 On arrival the BHA Official on duty will identify the horse and inform the Trainer, or his representative, if the horse is to be sampled.
2.4 A stalls test will not be passed in any case where:
- 2.4.1 the horse cannot be identified from its passport;
2.4.2 a Sample is required from the horse but has not been obtained satisfactorily by the relevant BHA Official; or
2.4.3 the horse is brought to the racecourse for a Pre-Race Assessment.
2.5 If a Sample is required from the horse but has not been obtained, the horse may not be re-submitted for a further stalls test until such time as the Authority may direct.
Penalties for failing starting stalls tests
3.1 This Schedule applies where
- 3.1.1 in order to comply with Rule (B)44 (effect of Starter's report), a horse which is the subject of a Starter's report takes a stalls test, and
3.1.2 the horse fails one or more stalls tests in any 12 month period.
3.2 The Authority will impose a financial penalty on the Trainer of the horse in accordance with Paragraphs 3.3 and 3.4.
3.3 If the horse fails a stalls test following its first Starter's report
- 3.3.1 a financial penalty of £650 will be imposed if the test takes place within 7 days of the Starter's report;
3.3.2 a financial penalty of £290 will be imposed if the test takes place at any time between 8 and 14 days (inclusive) of the report;
3.3.3 no financial penalty will be imposed if the test takes place 15 days or more from the report.
3.4 If the horse fails a stalls test following its second Starter's report
- 3.4.1 a financial penalty of £1,300 will be imposed if the test takes place within 14 days of the second Starter's report;
3.4.2 a financial penalty of £290 will be imposed if test takes place at any time between 15 days and 28 days (inclusive) of the second report;
3.4.3 no financial penalty will be imposed if test takes place 29 days or more from the second report.
3.5 Subject to Paragraph 3.8, the third time the horse is reported by the Starter, the horse will be prevented from having a stalls test for 6 months.
3.6 The horse may not be re-submitted for a further stalls test within 14 days of any failure.
3.7 Subject to Paragraph 3.8, if a horse fails two consecutive stalls tests it will be prevented from having a further stalls test for 6 months.
3.8 If a horse which is prevented from having a stalls test for 6 months runs outside Great Britain in the interim on two occasions without causing problems at the start, the Trainer may submit an application to the Authority requesting that the remainder of the 6 month restriction be lifted.
Additional disciplinary action
4.1 In this Paragraph
Defined Percentage means the percentage referred to in Paragraph 4.3 or 4.4;
Notified Period is the period that
- 4.1.1 starts on the date specified in a written notice given to a Trainer by the Authority under this Paragraph, and
4.1.2 ends on the next following 31 December.
Debutante Test is the stalls test referred to in Paragraph 4.4.
4.2 Subject to a discretionary review carried out by the Authority at the end of any notified period, the restrictions in Paragraphs 4.3 and 4.4 apply where, in any notified period, either or both of the following conditions are met in connection with all horses under the care of a Trainer
4.2.1 a defined percentage (or more) of the horses are withdrawn by the Starter or are the subject of a Starter's report under Part (B)3 (reports to the Stewards);
4.2.2 a defined percentage (or more) of the horses are the subject of a warning (criteria failure) under Rule (B)43 (power to issue warnings to trainers).
4.3 Subject to Paragraph 4.5, where the defined percentage of the trainer's horses is 10% or more, the Trainer will not be permitted to present any horse under his care or control for a stalls test for at least 14 days after it has been referred for the test.
4.4 Where the defined percentage of the trainer's horses is 15% or more, the Trainer will not be permitted to run in a flat race any horse which has not previously run in a flat race run under these Rules or the rules of another Recognised Racing Authority until the horse has successfully passed a stalls test.
4.5 The 14 day restriction does not apply to a horse that is entered in
4.5.1 a Pattern race,
4.5.2 a Listed race,
4.5.3 a Heritage Handicap, or
4.5.4 a race that closes more than 6 days before running,
before it has been referred for a stalls test.
5.1 In this paragraph
Pre-Race Assessment means an assessment by a Starter on a horse through stalls on a raceday
5.2 An unraced horse may be presented by a Trainer on a raceday to the Starter for a Pre-Race Assessment.
5.3 A horse that has raced and has shown a significant behavioural issue may also be presented by a Trainer on a raceday to the Starter for a Pre-Race Assessment provided that approval has been obtained from either the BHA Manager (Scales, Starters, Judges) or Team Principal (Starters).
5.4 A Trainer wishing to have a Pre-Race Assessment for an unraced horse, or a horse for which approval has been obtained, must follow the same procedure for a stalls test set out in Paragraphs 1.2, 1.3 and 1.4.
5.5 A horse may not run in a race from stalls on the day on which the Pre-Race Assessment takes place.
5.6 On the first occasion that an unraced horse races following a satisfactory Pre-Race Assessment, the Trainer may request a late load without incurring a criteria failure (see Schedule (B)5 Paragraph 4.5).