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The Orders and Rules of Racing

PART 3 - RACING PROGRAMMES - (F)20 to (F)46


29. General restrictions on flat races

29.1 No yearling may run in a flat race.
29.2 No horse may carry less than 8st in a flat race unless

29.2.1 a rider's allowance is claimed as provided in Rule 140, or
29.2.2 in a race confined to Apprentice Jockeys, as provided in the conditions of the race.

29.3 No flat race may be run over less distance than five furlongs.
29.4 No flat race may be run over a distance in excess of two miles and six furlongs.
29.5 For the period starting on January 1st and ending on July 31st in any year, there must not be

29.5.1 more than two flat races confined to two year olds races in a programme of six races, or
29.5.2 more than three such races in a programme of seven races.

29.6 On or after August 1st in any year, there must not be more than three flat races confined to two year olds in any programme.
29.7 Subject to Paragraph 29.8, no two-year old may run

29.7.1 before The Flat Season commences in any year,
29.7.2 more than five furlongs before the Saturday prior to the York May Meeting,
29.7.3 more than six furlongs before Derby Day,
29.7.4 more than seven furlongs before August 1st,
29.7.5 in a Handicap Race before July 1st,
29.7.6 in a Handicap Race with older horses.

29.8 No two-year old which, in the period starting on July 1st and ending on December 31st in any year, was foaled in the southern hemisphere may run

29.8.1 before September 16th;
29.8.2 more than five furlongs before November 1st;
29.8.3 more than six furlongs, or in a Handicap Race, at any time.

29.9 No three-year old, which, in the period starting on July 1st and ending on December 31st in any year, was foaled in the southern hemisphere may run

29.9.1 more than seven furlongs before February 1st;
29.9.2 more than eight furlongs before March 1st;
29.9.3 more than nine furlongs before April 1st;
29.9.4 more than ten furlongs, or in a Handicap Race with older horses, before July 1st.

29.10 Subject to Rule 29.11, no horse may carry more than 12st in a flat race.
29.11 No account will be taken of

29.11.1 a Rider's allowance claimed in accordance with Rule 140, or
29.11.2 a weight allowance claimed in accordance with the conditions of a race.