The repeal of “The Rules of Racing of Racing Queensland” hitherto in force shall not: (a) affect the previous operation of any rule so annulled or anything duly done or suffered there under; or (b) affect any right privilege obligation or liability accrued or incurred under any rule so annulled; or (c) affect any penalty or disqualification incurred in respect of any offence committed against any rule so annulled; or (d) affect any investigation, proceeding or remedy in respect of any such rights, privilege, obligation, liability or penalty as aforesaid.
Any such investigation, proceeding or remedy may be instituted, continued or enforced and any such penalty or disqualification may be imposed as if the Rules had not been passed.
Marginal notes and headings, where they appear, are for reference purposes only and shall not be regarded as being part of the Rules.
Words importing the singular include the plural and the plural the singular, unless the context requires otherwise; and words importing the masculine gender shall be deemed and taken to include females unless the contrary is expressly provided; and words importing the feminine shall be deemed and taken to include the masculine unless the contrary is expressly provided.
Expression of distances and weights: As from 1st August 1972, distances of races and weights shall be expressed in metres and kilograms as directed by Principal Racing Authorities in their respective territories [paragraph added 1.8.98] APPLICATION OF THESE RULES AR.2.
Any person who takes part in any matter coming within these Rules thereby agrees with the Australian Racing Board and each and every Principal Racing Authority to be bound by them. [amended 1.8.03] AR.4.
Any act done or decision made by a Committee of a Club or by Stewards in the exercise or intended exercise of any right power or authority conferred by or under any of the Rules shall except where otherwise provided in the Rules be final and conclusive.
POWERS OF A PRINCIPAL RACING AUTHORITY AR.7.
A Principal Racing Authority shall I.
Not have the reserved right to make new Rules (other than local Rules) or to rescide or alter these Rules, and a principal Racing Authority which does not comply with this requirement shall ipso facto cease to be a Principle Racing Authority; II.
Have the control and general supervision of racing within its territory; III.
In furtherance and not in limitation of all powers conferred on it or implied by these Rules, have power, in its discretion:IV.
To penalise:- 52 any person contravening the Rules or disobeying any proper direction of any official, or (ii) any licensed person or official whose conduct or negligence in the performance of his duties has led, or have led, to a breach of the Rules.
V. (e) At any time to exercise any power conferred on stewards by the Rules.
To assist in the control of racing, Stewards shall be appointed according to the Rules of the respective Principal Racing Authorities, with the following powers:(a) To make, alter, or vary all or any of the arrangements for the conduct of any race meeting under their control. (b) To require and obtain production and take possession of any mobile phones, computers, electronic devices, books, documents and records, including any telephone or financial records relating to any meeting or inquiry. [amended 20.11.02 & 1.3.05] (c) To enter upon and control all lands, booths, buildings, stands, enclosures, and other places used for the purposes of the meeting, and to expel or exclude any person from the same. (d) To regulate and control, inquire into and adjudicate upon the conduct of all officials and licensed persons, persons attendant on or connected with a horse and all other persons attending a racecourse. [amended 20.11.02] (e) To penalise any person committing a breach of the Rules. [amended 20.11.02; & 1.9.09] (f) To determine all questions arising or objections made in reference to racing at the meeting. (g) To order the examination of any horse for the purpose of ascertaining its age or identity, or for any other purpose connected with the Rules. (h) To disqualify any horse entered for any race at a meeting which is removed from the course contrary to the orders of the Committee of the Club or the Stewards, or which is not produced at their request. [amended 20.11.02] (i) To require any nominator to satisfy them that he and any horse nominated by him is subject to no disability under the Rules. (j) To take or cause to be taken any sample from any horse and to make or cause to be made any test to determine whether any prohibited substance is present in the system of the horse. [paragraph replaced 20.11.02] (jj) To take any sample or cause such sample to be taken from any rider either prior to or after riding in any race, official trial, jump-out or trackwork, and/or to appoint officials or other persons to take such sample.
Further, to make or cause to be made any test to determine whether any substance banned by AR.81B is present in such sample. [paragraph replaced 1.5.02] [amended 20.11.02][amended 14.6.07][amended 1.10.08.] [amended 1.9.09] (k) (i) To take possession on the course or elsewhere of any horse, whether dead or alive, and to detain and/or remove such horse in order to have conducted whatever tests and/or examinations as they consider necessary. [amended 1.12.05] (ii) On any course (whether a race meeting is being conducted thereon or not) to search any licensed person or any gear or equipment used by or about to be used by him and to take possession of any article or thing found as a result of such search which the Steward or Stewards making such search believe could afford evidence of a breach of or an offence under these Rules. (i) 53 (l) To order down any rider without assigning any reason and if they think fit to substitute another rider. (ll) To adjudicate on the claim by any rider that a nominator or trainer of a horse had refused to honour a riding engagement, and to make an order regarding the engagement and/or any compensation considered appropriate. [paragraph added 1.2.01] (m) To prohibit any horse from starting in any race. (n) To order the removal from any horse of any shoes, racing plates, equipment or gear which has not been approved or is in their opinion unsuitable, unsafe or ineffective. [amended 20.11.02] (o) To order any rider to alter the length of his stirrups. [amended 20.11.02] (p) In exceptional cases to extend the time allowed for weighing-out, declaring weight, for starting or for any other thing required by the Rules, or conditions of a race.
Racing Queensland Limited Australian Rules of Racing Local Rules (Thoroughbred) 20 (q) If the conditions are in their opinion unsafe for racing, or in case of urgent necessity, or with the permission of the Committee of the Club for any other reason, (i) to postpone any race or races whether before or after the commencement of the meeting to a later time on that day, or to such other day as the Committee of the Club may decide subject to the approval of the body responsible for allotting race dates in the area; and/or (ii) to alter the distance of any race. [amended 20.11.02 & 30.6.03] (r) To remove at any time during the hours of racing in their discretion the Judge, Starter, Clerk of Scales, Clerk of Course, Timekeeper, or other official and appoint a substitute for any such official. (s) To appoint any official or any deputy or assistant necessary for the conduct of a meeting if the Committee of the Club have failed or omitted to do so. [amended 20.11.02] (t) To refuse or reject the nomination of any horse at any time for any period and/or until such horse has participated to their satisfaction in an official trial or a jump-out or passed any required veterinary examination to their satisfaction. [added 30.6.03][amended 1.9.09] (u) To order the withdrawal of a horse from any race at any time before the start if in their opinion it is unfit to run or unable to start without unreasonable delay. (v) To inquire at any time into the running of any horse in a race upon any course or courses within the jurisdiction of the same Principal Racing Authority whether or not a report concerning the same has been made or a decision arrived at by the Stewards. [replaced 20.11.02] (w) To report within fourteen days of the holding of any race meeting to the Principal Racing Authority the running of any horse at such meeting which in their judgment is inconsistent with any previous or subsequent performance or performances of such horse. (x) To publish in any newspaper or elsewhere any penalty imposed or any decision made by them in the exercise of their powers under these Rules. [amended 1.9.09] (y) To exercise any other powers and duties laid down for them by the Principal Racing Authority concerned. (z) To refuse or reject the nomination of any horse at any time for any period and/or until such horse has participated to their satisfaction in an official trial or a jump-out or passed any required veterinary examination. [Para.
Added 18.6.09] AR.8A.
The powers given the Stewards under A.R. 8 (j), (l), (n), (o) and (u) may be exercised by the Chairman of Stewards, or the Steward acting as such, at any meeting, save and except that the power to penalise under A.R. 8 (e) may be exercised only by the Stewards. 54 [amended 20.11.02 & 1.9.09] RACE MEETINGS AR.39.
No person shall act in an official capacity as Steward, Veterinary Surgeon, Handicapper, Judge, Starter, Clerk of the Course, Clerk of the Scales, Farrier, Barrier Attendant or Timekeeper, or as Assistants or Deputies of any of the above in respect of any race in the result of which he has a pecuniary interest.
Yearlings shall not run for any race.
AR.45. [rule deleted 1.6.11] AR..
Two-year-olds shall not be allowed to start in any race before the First day of October, or such other date as the Principal Racing Authority concerned shall determine, and thereafter twoyear-olds shall not be allowed to start:(a) In a race over a distance exceeding 2,000 metres. (b) In a handicap for which horses over the age of two years are eligible run before the first day of January, or such other date as the Principal Racing Authority concerned shall determine. [rule amended 1.6.11] AR.45B.
A horse that is aged 12 or more years shall not be permitted to start in any race unless it has undergone a pre-race veterinary examination which satisfies the Stewards that the horse should be permitted to start. [rule amended 1.6.11] LR.31.
Two years old horses not to race before stipulated time (1) A two-years-old horse shall not start in a race before the second Saturday in September. (2) Until the thirty-first day of December, a two-year-old may start in a race, at other than a Metropolitan Race Meeting, for which horses over the age of two years are eligible, provided such a race is not run over a distance in excess of 1000 metres.
The age of a horse shall be reckoned as follows: (a) If it was foaled between the first day of July and the thirty-first day of December (i) from the first day of August in the year in which it was foaled if its dam was first covered on or after the first day of September in the previous year, as that covering is recorded by the Stud Book. (ii) from the first day of August in the year previous to the year in which it was foaled if its dam was first covered before the first day of September in the year previous to the year in which it was foaled, as that covering is recorded in the Stud Book. (b) If it was foaled between the first day of January and the thirtieth day of June, from the first day of August in the year previous to the year in which it was foaled. [replaced 1.8.00] Provided that the Australian Racing Board, in exceptional circumstances, may by Order vary the conditions provided by this Rule. [proviso added 27.8.07] [Note: Pursuant to this proviso the Board Ordered on 27.8.07: that the breeding season for the year 2007 commence on 27th August 2007 instead of 1st September 2007; and that a foal produced from a covering of a dam on or from 27th August 2007 shall have its age reckoned from 1st August 2008] NOMINATIONS AND ENTRIES 55 AR.53A. (1) An attack of bleeding shall be the appearance of blood at both nostrils, irrespective of quantity, unless in the opinion of the Stewards such bleeding was caused by external trauma. (2) If a horse suffers an attack of bleeding at any time the fact of such bleeding shall be reported by the Trainer without delay to the Stewards. (3) If any Principal Racing Authority advises in writing that any horse has suffered an attack or attacks of bleeding such advice shall be prima facie evidence that such horse has suffered an attack or attacks of bleeding. (4) A horse which has in the opinion of the Stewards suffered an attack of bleeding shall not without permission of the Stewards (a) be trained, exercised or galloped on any racecourse for a period of two months thereafter; (b) start in any race for a period of three months, and then only after a satisfactory gallop of at least 1,000 metres in the presence of a Steward. (5) If a horse suffers more than one attack of bleeding such horse shall be ineligible to start in any race. (6) If a horse displays blood at one nostril, the trainer shall without delay report such occurrence to the Stewards. (7) Unless the Stewards are satisfied that the presence of blood provided for in subrule (6) was attributable to external trauma, the horse shall before racing again be required to undergo a satisfactory gallop of at least 1,000 metres in the presence of a Steward.
Following a horse suffering a bleeding attack the Stewards shall -: (a) record such bleeding attack and any related embargo imposed on the horse in the National Stewards Embargo Register; and also, if applicable, record such bleeding attack and any related embargo imposed on the horse in the horse‟s Document of Description, which shall be presented by the trainer to the Stewards as soon as possible after the bleeding attack; and (b) record in the National Stewards Embargo Register any subsequent permission given for the horse to resume racing; and also, if applicable, in the horse‟s Document of Description, which shall be presented as soon as possible by the trainer to the Stewards for that purpose. [replaced 1.7.05] AR.64A. (1) A horse that is totally blind in one eye is ineligible for any race, official trial, jump-out or trackwork. [amended 1.9.09] (2) A horse that has partially impaired vision is ineligible for any race, official trial, jump-out or trackwork unless the Stewards are satisfied on specialist veterinary evidence that the impairment does not constitute a danger to such horse or other participants in a race, official trial or trackwork. (3) In the event of a horse being suspected of being blind or having impaired vision the owner of the horse or his agent shall as soon as practicable notify the Stewards, who shall then ensure that – (a) details of the horse‟s impaired vision and any related embargo are recorded in the National Stewards Embargo Register; and, (b) if applicable, details of the horse‟s impaired vision and any related embargo are recorded and are certified by the relevant veterinary surgeon on its Document of Description. 56 (4) Any person who, in contravention of subrules (1) or (2) of this rule, enters or runs a horse in a race, official trial ,or jump-out or permits a horse to engage in trackwork, or fails to notify the Stewards as required by subrule (3), commits a breach of these Rules unless he proves to the satisfaction of the Stewards that he was not aware, and should not reasonably have been aware, that the horse has the blindness or impaired vision specified in this rule. [rule replaced 1.11.99 & 1.7.05] AR.64B. (1) A horse that has had a limb neurectomy or any artificial form of permanent limb desensitisation is ineligible for any race, official trial, jump-out or trackwork. 1. [amended 1.9.09] 2.
A horse that has had any artificial form of temporary limb desensitisation is ineligible for any race, official trial, jump-out or to participate in trackwork for such time as the Stewards may specify. [amended 1.9.09] 3.
Notwithstanding the provisions of subrule (1) of this rule, a horse that had a palmar digital neurectomy prior to 1st September 1999 is eligible to race provided that prior to 1st September 1999 the details of the surgery undergone have been endorsed on the Document of Description for the horse, and the Stewards have received and accepted from a qualified veterinarian a written certificate of fitness of the horse to race. 4.
In the event of a horse undergoing neurectomy surgery or any artificial form of permanent limb desensitisation the owner of the horse or his agent shall as soon as practicable notify the details to the Stewards, who shall then ensure that: a.
Details of the surgery or artificial desensitisation and the horse‟s ineligibility to race are recorded in the National Stewards Embargo Register; and, b.
If applicable, the Document of Description for the horse is endorsed with details of the surgery or artificial desensitisation and the horse‟s ineligibility to race. [rule deleted & replaced 1.10.99][subrule (3) amended 1.7.05] [subrules (1), (2) & (4) amended 14.6.07] AR.64C.
A horse which has had a tracheostomy, with or without a tracheotomy tube inserted, is ineligible for any race, official trial, jump-out or to participate in trackwork. [rule added 17.6.98] [amended 1.9.09] AR.64D.
If at any time the Stewards have reason to doubt the fitness of any horse to race they may declare such horse ineligible to race until such time as its fitness is established by such trial or test or examination as they may specify. [rule added 1.11.99] AR.64E. (1) No mare or filly shall race or take part in any official trial, jump-out or trackwork after day 120 of its pregnancy. [amended 1.9.09] 5. (2) A trainer shall notify the Stewards in writing as soon as practicable – a.
The pregnancy of any mare or filly in his charge; and b.
The date of last service of such mare or filly. [rule added 1.11.99][para (b) amended 1.6.04] AR.64F. (1) A horse that has been subjected to a firing procedure in Australia is ineligible for any race, official trial, jump-out or trackwork.
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