Nails - Update AR 107

Updated: 1 August 2022
Issued: May 2014


Please be reminded of your obligations under AR 107

AR 107 Plates and tips

(1) The trainer is at all times responsible for ensuring that horses with race engagements comply with the following requirements from the time when they arrive on course, except where the Stewards permit otherwise:

(d) plates and tips must be securely and properly fitted and must not protrude beyond the perimeter of the hoof;
(e) plates must be secured by a minimum of 5 nails and tips by a minimum of 3 nails;
(f) heads of nails must not protrude more than 2mm from the surface of a plate or tip;

The use of oversized nails which protrude more than 2mm is not permitted and poses a significant risk to the horse and others in the race.

Where nails in shoes or tips do not comply with provisions of AR 107 (as above), the horse will be required to be re-shod on course, time and temperament of horse permitting. This may also result in a penalty being imposed by the Stewards.

Thank you for your cooperation.

If you have questions please contact Racing Victoria Veterinary Services on email: