The Rules of Racing currently states that “The horse must not have been subject to a neurectomy” and that “a Neurectomy means the surgical removal of a nerve or part of a nerve”. This wording was believed by the BHA Veterinary Committee to be ambiguous, and further clarity was sought. Following consultation with the BHA Veterinary Committee, the National Trainers Federation and the Racehorse Owners Association, the following addition to Rules (E)26A.1, 26A.2 &26A.3, and Schedule (B)3 has been approved and will be effective from 3 January 2017 (new wording in bold):

26A.1 In this Rule, a Neurectomy is defined as a procedure which permanently interferes with a specific and anatomically recognised nerve using surgery, cryosurgery, chemical interference or any other means resulting in desensitisation of any part of the limb.

26A.2 When a horse that is under the care or control of a Licensed Trainer or Permitted Trainer undergoes a Neurectomy, that Trainer must notify the Racing Calendar Office no later than 7 days after the horse has undergone the Neurectomy, and ensure that the surgeon endorses
the horse’s passport.

26A.3 Where a horse that is not under the care or control of a Licensed Trainer or Permitted Trainer undergoes a Neurectomy

26A3.1 the Owner must notify the Racing Calendar Office no later than 7 days after the horse has undergone the Neurectomy and ensure that the surgeon endorses the horse’s passport, and

26A3.2 in the event that the horse subsequently comes under the care or control of a Licensed Trainer or Permitted Trainer, that Trainer must notify the Racing Calendar Office no later than 7 days after the horse has come under his care or control.

26A.4 To establish a contravention of Paragraph 26A3.2 it is not necessary that knowledge of the Neurectomy on the part of the Licensed Trainer or Permitted Trainer be demonstrated, although the Authority may decide not to take Disciplinary Action in respect of a contravention of Paragraph 26A3.2 if the Licensed Trainer or Permitted Trainer satisfies the Authority that he took all reasonable precautions and exercised all due diligence to ascertain whether or not the horse had previously undergone a Neurectomy.

26A.5 Notification of a Neurectomy to the Racing Calendar Office must be accompanied by the horse’s passport.

26A.6 When a Neurectomy is notified in accordance with this Rule, the Neurectomy shall be recorded by the Racing Calendar Office and the horse’s passport shall be endorsed accordingly.

26A.7 A horse which has been subject to a Neurectomy shall be permanently ineligible to race.


Schedule (B)3
11.1 The horse must not have been subject to
11.1.1 a Neurectomy as defined in Rule (E)26A.1 or
11.1.2 a laparoscopic sterilisation on or after April 1st 2010