From the Stewards' Room

Recording of Treatments
Trainers are reminded of their obligations to accurately record treatments and/or medications administered to their horses in accordance with AR178F. A trainer must keep, and retain, for a period of 12 months, a record of any treatment administered to any horse in his/her care. Please see the Racing Victoria website for a template of the requirements of AR178F.

Should Trainers fail to record or maintain these records significant penalties may apply.

Rule introduced to ban all injections to horses within One Clear Day of competition.

Trainers and other thoroughbred racing industry participants are reminded of Australian Rule of Racing AR.178AB that became effective on the 1st October 2015. This Rule prohibits the use of injections of any type in horses during the One Clear Day prior to racing and official trials.
AR.178AB(1)
(1) "A person must not, without the permission of the Stewards, inject a horse, cause a horse to be injected or attempt to inject a horse, which is engaged to run in any race or official trial:

(a) at any time on the day of the scheduled race or official trial, prior to the start of such event; and

(b) at any time during the One Clear Day prior to 12.01am on the day of the scheduled race or official trial.

(2) Where there has been a breach of AR.178AB(1), or the Stewards reasonably suspect that there has been a breach of AR.178AB(1), the Stewards may order the withdrawal of the horse from the relevant race or official trial.

(3) Where there has been a contravention of AR.178AB(1), the horse may be disqualified from the relevant race in which it competed.

(4) Any person who breaches, or is a party to a breach of, AR.178AB(1), commits an offence and may be penalised.

(5) For the purpose of this rule:

(a) injection includes, but is not limited to, the insertion of a hypodermic needle into a horse;

(b) it is not necessary to establish whether any substance was injected, or the nature of any substance injected.”
Accepting in Two States
Under AR 114, a trainer of a horse which has accepted for races in more than one state on the same day must elect no later than 9am on the day prior to the race, and submit a notice of withdrawal where appropriate.  For example, if a horse is accepted to race in both Melbourne and Sydney on a Saturday, and the horse is to race in Sydney, the horse must be withdrawn from the Melbourne race by 9am on the Friday.

Compliance with this rule assists with providing punters with greater certainty as to final fields, and helps the growth of early fixed odds betting
Whips
Racing Australia amended the rules governing the use of the whip from 1 December 2015.

In respect to Australian Rule of Racing AR.137A, the amendment is below:
“(5) Subject to the other requirements of this rule:

(a) In a race, official trial or jump-out prior to the 100-metre mark;
(i) The whip shall not be used in consecutive strides.
(ii) The whip shall not be used on more than 5 occasions.
(iii) The rider may at his discretion use the whip with a slapping motion down the shoulder, with the whip hand remaining on the reins.

(b) In the final 100 metres of a race, official trial or jump-out a rider may use his whip at his discretion.”
Horse Identification Cards
Trainers are reminded that under AR59A that when presenting a horse to race or trial (including jump outs), the trainer must have the horse/s identification card in their possession. Failure to do so may result in a penalty being applied.
3 hours on course - Autumn Carnival
All horses engaged to race at the below race meetings for the Autumn Carnival are required to be on course Three (3) hours prior to the advertised starting time of their respective race, excluding races 1 and 2 which will remain at Two (2) hours.
  1. CF Orr Stakes Race Meeting Saturday 13 February 2015
  2. Lightning Stakes Race Meeting Saturday 20 February 2015
  3. Blue Diamond Stakes Race Meeting Saturday 27 February 2015
  4. Australian Guineas Race Meeting Saturday 5 March 2015
  5. Australia Cup Race Meeting Saturday 12 March 2015
2 hours on course - Mornington Cup
Please note, all horses engaged to race at the Mornington Cup meeting on Saturday 26 March 2015, are required to be on course Two (2) hours prior to the advertised starting time of their respective race.