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The Orders and Rules of Racing

Trainer Manual (C)


SCHEDULES

Schedule 8 - Suspending horses from running

General

1. The Authority may suspend a horse from running in specified races, or races of a specified description, if the horse's previous performance(s) suggest that it may be a risk to itself, other horses or Riders during the course of a race.

2.1 In any case where the Authority proposes to suspend a horse, its Disciplinary Department will

2.1.1 notify the Trainer, and
2.1.2 invite him to explain any mitigating circumstances there may be for the Authority not to suspend the horse.

2.2 Any explanation by the Trainer must be in writing and submitted to the Authority within two working days of the date of the notification under Paragraph 2.1.1.
2.3 After taking account of any explanation, the Authority must notify the Trainer in writing of its decision and, if the Authority decides to suspend the horse, specify

2.3.1 the time when the suspension is to commence,
2.3.2 the descriptions of races to which it is to apply, and
2.3.3 the steps that could be taken to lift the suspension.


2.4 Any horse that has been suspended as a result of concerns over its jumping ability will be required to satisfactorily pass an assessment under this Schedule before it can race again.

2.5 The suspension will continue until two clear days have elapsed after the horse satisfactorily passes an assessment.

Assessment procedure

3.1 When a horse is required to have its jumping assessed before it can race, the assessment

3.1.1 will be conducted by two assessors approved by the Authority, and
3.1.2 will, unless otherwise directed by the Authority, take place at the Trainer's premises or at the place where the Trainer normally schools his horses, and
3.1.3 may also include a veterinary assessment.


3.2 After the test the Trainer or his representative will be informed whether or not the horse has satisfactorily passed the assessment.
3.3 The fee payable in respect of each assessment

3.3.1 is specified in Schedule (A)1, and
3.3.2 must be paid by the owner of the horse at the time the test is conducted.

3.4 The Trainer must notify the owner of this charge.

Failing an assessment

4.1 Where a horse fails an assessment, it may not be submitted for re-assessment before the end of the period of four weeks starting with the day after the date of the failure.
4.2 If a horse fails two consecutive assessments no further assessment may be made for a period of six months after the date of the most recent failure.

Further assessments

5.1 Where a horse, having passed an assessment, is subsequently referred under this Schedule it will be automatically suspended without the procedures in paragraphs 2.1 - 2.3 needing to be followed.
5.2 The assessment required under Paragraph 2.4 will take place no sooner than six months after the referral.
5.3 Any suspension under this Paragraph will continue until two clear days have elapsed after the horse satisfactorily passes an assessment in accordance with Paragraph 3.

6.1 If a horse is referred under this Schedule on a third occasion, it shall be suspended from running in specified races, or races of a specified description, indefinitely.