BHA Notices Section
Riding to Achieve the Best Possible Placing - Rule (D)45
For the avoidance of doubt the general requirement that a Rider must ride his horse throughout the race in such a way that he can be seen to have made a genuine attempt to obtain from his horse timely, real and substantial efforts to achieve the best possible placing, applies in all cases. This includes cases of gurgling or other breathing difficulties. It is not considered contrary to the welfare of the horse with symptoms of breathing difficulty to be ridden in accordance with the general requirement unless or until such time as the horse is shown to be unable to continue racing in which case it should be pulled up. Riding such horses tenderly as the race develops in the belief that this will give the horse a better chance of achieving its best possible placing is not acceptable.