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The Orders and Rules of Racing

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


41. General restrictions on jump racing

41.1 No horse may run in

41.1.1 a hurdle race until May 1st of the year in which it is three years old,
41.1.2 a steeple chase until July 1st of the year in which it is four years old, or
41.1.3 a Hunters' Steeple Chase until January 1st of the year in which it is five years old.

41.2 No horse may carry less than 10st in a hurdle race, steeple chase or National Hunt Flat Race unless

41.2.1 a rider's allowance is claimed as provided in Rule 141 or 142, or
41.2.2 if the race is confined to Conditional Jockeys, as provided in the conditions of the race.

41.3 No horse may run in a National Hunt Flat Race

41.3.1 unless the horse is trained by a Person who is authorised (whether by licence, permit or otherwise) to train for steeple chases, hurdle races and National Hunt Flat Races,
41.3.2 if it has previously run in a total of four races, each of which was a National Hunt Flat Race run under these Rules, an Irish National Hunt Flat Race or a French AQPS Race, except that a horse may run in a fifth and in a sixth National Hunt Flat Race if both of such races are Pattern Races.

41.4 No steeple chase or hurdle race may be run over a distance of less than two miles.

41.5. Once it has run in a Hunters' Steeple Chase, a horse under the care of a Licensed trainer may not run in any steeple chase other than a Hunters' Steeple Chase, the Grand Military Gold Cup and the Royal Artillery Gold Cup, during that same Hunters' Steeple Chase Season.

41.6 With regard to Hunters' Steeple Chases

41.6.1 no race may be run before January 1st of any season,
41.6.2 the qualification in any race is limited to the particular period specified in the Hunters' Certificate, and
41.6.3 no horse may be entered for or start in a race if

41.6.3.1 within 15 months prior to the start of the Hunters' Steeple Chase Season it has won a Class 1 or Class 2 steeple chase in Great Britain which was not confined to Amateur Riders, or any other steeple chase run outside Great Britain which was not confined to Amateur Riders and which in the opinion of the Authority is the equivalent of a Class 1 or Class 2 steeple chase, or
41.6.3.2 within 15 months prior to the start of the Hunters' Steeple Chase Season it has been placed first, second or third in a Grade 1 or Grade 2 steeple chase in Great Britain or Ireland or in any other steeple chase run outside Great Britain or Ireland which in the opinion of the Authority is the equivalent of a Grade 1 or Grade 2 steeple chase.

41.7 Subject to Rule 41.8, no horse may carry more than 13st in a steeple chase, hurdle race or National Hunt Flat Race.

41.8 No account will be taken of

41.8.1 a Rider's allowance claimed in accordance with Rule 141 or 142, or 41.8.2 a weight allowance claimed in accordance with the conditions of the race.