NHA Gets Serious About Feature Race Rule-breakers

The National Horseracing Authority has reviewed its approach to dealing with incidents in Feature Races.

Any incident in any feature race, which is perceived by the Stipendiary Stewards to constitute a possible infringement of Rules 62.1, 62.2.1, 62.2.2, 62.2.3, 62.2.4, 62.2.5, 62.26 or 62.2.7 (“the running rules”), shall be referred to an Inquiry Board for investigation and adjudication.

Inquiry Boards in addition to the other factors which are usually taken into account when a suitable penalty is considered, will also take into consideration the consequences which may flow from an infringement of the running rules, the nature and importance of the race in question, the perception of the public and the interests of the various stakeholders.

Having regard to the above consideration which will be taken into account, it is probable that more serious penalties will in future be imposed in feature races for infringements of the running rules.

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