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The Orders and Rules of Racing

Race Manual (B)


PART 1 - THE STEWARDS

6. Horses

6.1 The Stewards may

6.1.1 prevent from running any horse which cannot be shown to be qualified under these Rules or under the conditions of the race;
6.1.2 call for proof that a horse is not

6.1.2.1 in any respect ineligible to run,
6.1.2.2 nominated by a Disqualified Person, or
6.1.2.3 in the ownership or part-ownership of a Disqualified Person;

6.1.3 where they are not satisfied by proof called for under Paragraph 6.1.2, prevent the horse from running;
6.1.4 order an examination (including the taking of samples) by such Person or Persons as they consider appropriate of any horse

6.1.4.1 which has been declared to run under Rule (F)89, or
6.1.4.2 which is on the racecourse;

6.1.5 direct that the sampling is to include the taking and storage of samples for subsequent analysis,
6.1.6 require that the horse be kept in the official racecourse stables for more extensive examination for any period ending up to 24 hours after the time of the race which the horse ran or was entered to run,
6.1.7 if any Person prevents a horse which has been declared to run under Rule F)89 from being examined before the race in question, order the withdrawal of the horse from the race;
6.1.8 refer to the Authority any conduct preventing an examination, as described in Paragraph 6.1.4;
6.1.9 order the withdrawal from a race of any horse which has been declared to run under Part 2 where they have reason to be concerned about the medical or physical condition of the horse;
6.1.10 order the withdrawal from a race of any unruly horse as to which they have reason to be concerned;
6.1.11 order the withdrawal from a race of any horse which, for any reason, they consider is or will be unable to start without there being an unacceptable delay to the start of the race.
6.1.12 order the withdrawal from a race of any horse which takes charge of or dislodges its rider on the way to the start.
6.1.13 order the withdrawal from a race of any horse which has suffered a fall or other major incident either at or on its way to the start that may adversely affect its welfare.

6.2 Before making any order under Paragraph 6.1.9

6.2.1 the Stewards must have obtained the opinion of the Veterinary Officer at the meeting, and
6.2.2 the Veterinary Officer must have recommended that the horse be withdrawn on grounds of concern about its medical or physical condition.

6.3 The Stewards must immediately notify the Clerk of the Scales and the Starter in any case where a horse is withdrawn by order under Paragraph 6.1.10, 6.1.11 or 6.1.12.
6.4 Any horse withdrawn under Paragraph 6.1.9 or 6.1.13 will be suspended from running in future races in Great Britain for the period of 3 days starting with the day of the race.