Please see below Rule amendments that have been approved by the BHA Board and will become effective from 1 January 2016, appearing on the ‘Forthcoming Rule Changes’ section of the on-line Rule Book on Thursday 5 November.

(E)19.6 Any passport or vaccination record must be completed by a Veterinary Surgeon who satisfies the following conditions:

19.6.1 The Veterinary Surgeon must not be:

 19.6.1.1 the Owner of the horse or any person related to the Owner of the horse;

19.6.1.2 the Trainer of the horse or any person related to the Trainer of the horse; or

19.6.1.3 a Person shown in the Register of Stable Employee Names as being employed by the Trainer; and

 

19.6.2. The Veterinary Surgeon must be independent of the Owner and Trainer of the horse.

19.6.3 Where the Authority is not satisfied that the Veterinary Surgeon is independent of the Owner and the Trainer of the horse, it may reject any passport or vaccination record. This Paragraph applies whether or not the Authority subsequently commences an enquiry to consider possible Disciplinary Action.  

(C) 31.1 The Trainer must produce a certificate of non-contagiousness for any horse under his care or control which he brings onto Racecourse Property if it appears to be affected with any form of ringworm.

31.2 The certificate must be completed using the Prescribed form and signed by a Veterinary Surgeon.  That Veterinary Surgeon must satisfy the following conditions:

 31.2.1 The Veterinary Surgeon must not be:

 31.2.1.1 the Owner of the horse or any person related to the Owner of the horse;

31.2.1.2 the Trainer of the horse or any person related to the Trainer of the horse; or

31.2.1.3 a Person shown in the Register of Stable Employee Names as being employed by the Trainer; and

31.2.2. The Veterinary Surgeon must be independent of the Owner and Trainer of the horse.

31.2.3 Where the Authority is not satisfied that the Veterinary Surgeon is independent of the Owner and the Trainer of the horse, it may reject any certificate of non-contagiousness. This Paragraph applies whether or not the Authority subsequently commences an enquiry to consider possible Disciplinary Action.  

31.3 Any horse brought to the racecourse with any form of ringworm is liable to be withdrawn from any race by order of the Stewards.

31.4 Skin scrapings may be taken from any horse which appears to be affected with any form of ringworm and if the culture of these scrapings subsequently proves positive, Disciplinary Action may be taken.

(E)7.1 An age and markings certificate in respect of a horse is a certificate signed by a Veterinary Surgeon which

7.1.1 specifies the markings of the horse, and
7.1.2 states the age of the horse.

 7.2 The Veterinary Surgeon must satisfy the following conditions who is

 7.2.1 The Veterinary Surgeon must not be

 7.2.1.1 the Owner of the horse or any person related to the Owner of the horse;

7.2.1.2 the Trainer of the horse or any person related to the Trainer of the horse; or

7.2.1.3 a Person shown in the Register of Stable Employee Names as being employed by the Trainer; and

7.2.2. The Veterinary Surgeon must be independent of the Owner and Trainer of the horse.  

7.2.3 Where the Authority is not satisfied that the Veterinary Surgeon is independent of the Owner and the Trainer of the horse, it may reject any age and markings certificate. This Paragraph applies whether or not the Authority subsequently commences an enquiry to consider possible Disciplinary Action.