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The Orders and Rules of Racing

PART 1 - GENERAL INTRODUCTORY - (F)1 to(F)9


7. Novice horses

7.1 A horse is a Novice, in respect of a flat race, if the horse is permitted to run in the race in accordance with the definition of any novice flat race category defined in Rule 4.7.
7.2 A horse is a Novice, in respect of a Hunters' Steeple Chase, if the horse is permitted to run in the race in accordance with the definition of Novice Hunters' Steeple Chase in Rule 5.5.2.
7.3 In respect of any steeple chase which is run in The Jump Season 2017/2018 and is not within Paragraph 7.2, a horse is a Novice if the horse has not won a steeple chase before April 30th, 2017.
7.4 In respect of a hurdle race which is run in The Jump Season 2017/2018, a horse is a Novice if the horse has not won a hurdle race before April 30th, 2017.
7.5 Where, in the period starting on March 1st, 2018 and ending on April 28th, 2018, a horse wins a hurdle race or a steeple chase for the first time, it shall be regarded as a novice and is eligible to run in novice hurdle races or novice steeple chases as the case may be until October 31st, 2018.
7.6 Any additional wins during the period March 1st, 2018 to April 28th, 2018 will not affect the horse's qualification to run in novice hurdle races or novice steeple chases before November 1st, 2018.
7.7 Paragraphs 7.3 to 7.5 apply to a steeple chase or hurdle race which is run in the period starting on April 30th, 2017 and ending on April 28th 2018.