143. No person shall, without special leave from the Stewards, be admitted to the Weighing Room except the owner, trainer, and rider or other person having the care of a horse engaged in the race and any person refusing to leave shall be reported to the Stewards.

144.(a) Every rider must be weighed for a specified horse by the Clerk of the Scales at the appointed place not less than half an hour before the time fixed for the race. Should a rider not report for Weighing Out at the appointed place within the stipulated time, the Stewards at their discretion may order the declared rider to be substituted by another rider as in their absolute judgment is of near equal caliber. In exceptional cases, or where the delay of a previous race has rendered punctuality impracticable, the Stewards may suitably extend the time allowed for weighing out.

(b) No rider shall ride in any race unless he is wearing a skull cap and body protector both of a pattern approved by the Stewards.

(i) To compensate for their being required to wear body protectors the weight of all riders will be calculated at 0.5 kg. less than the weight which is registered in the scale.

(ii) No rider shall weigh out for any race unless he is wearing a body protector of a pattern approved by the Stewards.

(iii) The sole responsibility for wearing and the serviceable conditions of the skull cap and the body protector is that of the rider and of no other body or person save as provided by sub-paragraph (iv)hereof.

(iv) In the case of an apprentice or Gentleman rider or where a stable employee rides for the Trainer who employs him, the responsibility for the wearing and serviceable condition of the skull cap and body protector is that of the trainer.

(v) The use of unserviceable skull cap or body protector shall be regarded as breach of the Rules of Racing by the rider or as provided in sub-paragraph (iv) above, the trainer, either of whom shall be liable to a fine.

Pending the introduction of a British Standard, Stewards Of the Club have approved the following patterns of body protector:

Air-O-Wear Porter

Besafe Ransome

Chase Designs Robin

How's Racesafe Tipperary

(c) Every horse must be ridden in front of the stands and down to the post by the rider declared for him. Should the Stewards be satisfied that after reasonable endeavor, a jockey is unable to comply with this regulation, they may exempt him from doing so and before he has been under Starter's orders is incapacitated by accident or illness from riding in races, another jockey may be substituted provided there is no unreasonable delay.

145. When the numbers have been exhibited no alteration or addition can be made without leave of the Stewards. Should any horse not start, whose number has been exhibited, the owner and any other person responsible may be fined or otherwise dealt with at the discretion of the Stewards.

146. If a rider intends to carry overweight, he must declare the amount thereof at the time of weighing out, or, if in doubt as to his proper weight, he may declare the weight he intends to carry.  Provided, however, that he shall not carry more than 2 kgs overweight except with the prior written permission of the Stewards.

147. If extra or special weight, or any variation from the weight appearing in the program, be declared for any horse, such weight shall be exhibited with the name or number of the horse at some place outside the weighing room.

148. When weighing out or weighing in, the following pieces of equipment shall be excluded from the weight :-

        “Helmet/Skull Cap, Whip, Bridle, Plates, Number Cloth, anything worn on horse’s legs, Breast Plates, Muzzle, Horse’s head gear, Rings, Neck Strap, Breast Girth & Martingale”.
149. The Clerk of the Scales shall keep a record of weights carried in every race and of the names of the riders, specifying the extra or special weights, if any, carried before weighing out.

150. Trainers are responsible for their horses carrying all proper weight and penalties and in all cases where penalties have to be carried for winning or allowances claimed, the owner, nominator, trainer, jockey or rider must notify the same to the Clerk of the Scales previous to the jockey or rider being weighed out.

(a) It shall not be necessary to declare or notify fractions of a kilogram less than 500 grams.



151.(a) The horses must be started by the Official Starter or Assistant Starter or any other substitute authorised by the Stewards. All races shall be started from Starting Stalls provided that a race may be started with a flag in the case of an emergency by permission of the Stewards.

(b) In a start with a flag, the Starter shall give all orders necessary for securing a fair start. The Horses must be started as far as possible in a line but they may be started at such reasonable distance behind the starting post as the Starter thinks necessary.

(c)(i) Every horse shall be in the mounting enclosures at the prescribed time and at the post ready to start at the time appointed.

(ii) Every rider shall, unless excused by the Stewards, both walk and canter his horse past the Judge's box once at least before going to the post to start.

(iii) Horses may be led to the Starting Post or may be mounted at the Starting Post provided the sanction of the Stewards has first been obtained.

(iv) All riders who arrive at the Starting Post must immediately place themselves under the control of the Starter. The Starter shall call over the names of the runners and assign the horses to the places drawn by lot, all horses taking their places at the start in the order drawn for them. The rider who has drawn No. 1 must always be placed on the right and the other riders must take their places in consecutive numbers from the right.

(v) The Starter shall denote by a Signal that the horses are under Starter's Orders, when he has finally despatched the field in a race.

152. A horse is considered to have come under the Starter's orders when the field is finally despatched by the Starter.

153. The Starter is empowered to fine jockeys a sum fixed by the Stewards of the Club from time to time for such offences or misbehaviour at the gate as the Starter does not consider sufficiently serious for reference to the Stewards of the Club. He shall report to the Stewards any jockey who refuses to obey his commands in any respect whatever. No horse shall go back to the paddock except in the case of an accident or under the provisions of the rules.

154. Should the Starter consider that through any cause a horse is unable to start, he shall at once notify the Secretary or the Stewards of the Club that such horse must be withdrawn or whether such horse has come under his orders or not. Should the Starter consider that it is impossible to get a horse into a starting stall in reasonable time, or should he consider that a horse was prevented from starting in a race because of mechanical failure of the Starting gate, the Starter shall have been deemed to have withdrawn the horse from the race and such horse may then be declared a non-starter by the Stewards.

155. No horse shall on account of its unruly behaviour be permitted to start from any other stalls except the one drawn. Should the starter consider that it is impossible to get such horse into the starting stall in a reasonable time, such horse will be withdrawn and the Starter shall at once notify the Secretary of the Meeting or the Stewards accordingly.

156.(a) A horse which refuses to enter the stalls or after entering displays unruly behaviour which could cause damage to itself or the stall is liable to be with drawn by the Starter.

(b) In the event of a horse damaging the starting stall at which he is drawn, he shall be placed on the outside if there is an additional stall available. In the event the maximum number of horses are to be stalled and there is no stall available then the horse shall be withdrawn.

(c) In the event that a horse damages the starting stall of another horse so that stall is inoperative then the horse damaging such stall shall be placed on the outside if there is an additional stall available. In the event of the maximum stalls being utilised for that race then the horse that damages the stall shall be withdrawn.

157. The decision of the Stewards shall be final and conclusive upon any question that may arise as to whether the horses have been started for any race.

158.(a) Should the Starter consider that a fair start has not been effected, he shall declare it a false start and order the riders by means of a recall flag to return to the post and no horse would be deemed to have come under the Starter's orders. The Starter's decision on the point shall be final.

(b) A start in front of the starting post or on a wrong course or before the appointed time is void and the horses must be started again as soon as practicable, but in the event of any horse running the course from a void start or a false start, the owner may with the consent of the Stewards, withdraw his horse from the race and such a horse shall not be considered as having come under the Starter's orders.

(c) The Starter shall report to the Stewards the time at which each race was started and by whom or by what cause any delay was occasioned. He shall also report to the Stewards for transmission to the Club all cases in which the Starting Gate is dispensed with and the reason thereof.






159.(a) Every horse shall be run on its merits whether his owner runs another horse in the race or not.

(b) The rider of every horse shall take all reasonable and permissible measures throughout the race to ensure that, his horse is given full opportunity to win or to obtain the best possible place in the field.

(c) Any person who in the opinion of the Stewards has breached, or was a party to a breach of any of the rules Rule or part thereof may be punished, which includes fine, suspension or disqualification of any person, rider or Jockey and the horse concerned may also be disqualified.

160.(i) In a flat race, a horse which crosses another in any part of the race so as to interfere with that or any other horse's chance is liable to disqualification.

(ii)(a) In a flat race, if a horse or its rider jostle or in any way interfere with another horse or the rider of another horse, the aggressor is liable to be disqualified unless it be proved that the jostle or interference was wholly caused by the fault of some other rider or horse or that the jostled horse or its rider was partly at fault.

(b) If any horse be disqualified for crossing or interference, every other horse belonging to the same owner or in which he has an interest running in the race may also be disqualified at the Stewards discretion.

(iii) If any horse which, or the rider of which, is guilty of interference within the meaning of these rules is a Placed horse, and if the interference in their opinion has to a material extent affected the chances of another Placed horse, the Stewards may place the first mentioned horse immediately after the horse/s interfered with. For the purpose of these rules "Placed horse" includes the one placed fourth, fifth or sixth provided stakes are paid for such places.

161. Any rider shall be punished either by fine, suspension from riding or by disqualification for such period as the Stewards may think fit if, in the opinion of the Stewards :

(i) The rider of any horse rides in a dangerous, careless, reckless, improper, negligent or foul manner; or

(ii)The rider of any horse who rides in an incompetent, unsatisfactory, erratic, indifferent or an injudicious manner; or (iii) The rider of any horse fails to exercise proper control over his mount thereby crossing, crowding, jostling or interfering with another horse / horses in any stage of the race ; or

(iv) The rider of any horse who fails to persevere with his mount.

162. If a race has been run by all the horses at wrong weights, or over a wrong course or distance or before the appointed time on the official clock or if the Judge or his authorised substitute is not in the box at the time the horses pass the winning post, the Stewards shall order the race to be run again the same day, if practicable, but if otherwise it shall be void.

When such an order is made, any horse may be withdrawn from the race and Rule 142 shall not apply.

163. If a horse runs on the wrong course or track he shall be disqualified for that race.

164. In a race a horse shall on an objection be disqualified if his rider by foul riding jeopardised the chances of any other horse in the race.

165. If a race be never run or be void, the stakes, forfeits and entrance money shall be returned.

166.(a) The Stewards may punish a rider if in their opinion he has used his whip or spurs in excess or in an improper manner.

(b) Any person found guilty of carelessness or neglect in the saddling and/or presenting of a horse for a race may be punished by the Stewards.

167.(a) The Trainer or other person in charge of a horse shall report to the Stewards in writing as soon as practicable and in any event not later that one hour before the advertised starting time of a horse, any condition which may affect the running of their horse in a race.

(b) The Owner and/or trainer and/or rider shall report to the Stewards as soon as practicable anything might have affected the running of their horses in a race.

(c) Should anything which might have any bearing on the past or the future running of the horse come to the notice of the trainer, it must be reported as soon as practicable to the Stewards.

(d) Any loss or breakage of gear during a race, or any unusual happening in connection therewith, shall be reported by the owner and/or trainer and/or rider to the Stewards immediately after the race.

168.(a) Fixed martingales must not be used in any race.

(b) Any bit and/or attachments or additional gear not generally used including tongue-tie, bandages and boots shall not be worn by a horse in any race without the approval and permission of the Stewards. Any such gear approved and used on a horse in a race shall continue to be used on that horse without variation until permission to remove or vary the same has been obtained from the Stewards.

169. Blinkers may be used in races in accordance with such directions as may from time to time be issued by the Stewards.


170. In a race, other than a match, if only one horse shall have been declared to start, it shall be sufficient if that horse is weighed out, mounted and ridden past the Judge's Box when he/she shall be deemed the winner and it shall not be necessary for the horse to complete the entire course.




171. When horses run a dead-heat, the dead-heat shall not be run off.

172. Each horse that divides a prize for first place, shall be deemed a winner (for penalties see Rule 138)

173. When two horses run a dead-heat for first place, all prizes to which the first and second horses would have been entitled shall be divided equally between them, and this principle shall be observed in dividing the prizes whatever the number of dead-heaters and whatever the place for which the dead-heat is run.

174. When a dead-heat is run for second place, and an objection is made to the winner of the race and sustained, the horses which ran the dead-heat shall be deemed to have run a dead-heat for first place.

175. If the dividing owners cannot agree as to which of them is to have a cup or other prizes, which cannot be divided, the question shall be determined by lot by the Stewards, who shall decide what sum of money shall be paid by the owner who takes such cup or other indivisible prize, to the other owner or owners.

176. On a dead-heat for a match, the match is off.