Tuesday, March 27, 2018 - Verity Malcom
ADDITION TO RULE (C)33
Application of ice pre-race, on raceday in the racecourse stables
The application of ice has a short-term analgesic (pain-killing) effect in the horse. The following amendment to the Rules of Racing will prevent the icing of horses pre-race in the racecourse stables on raceday.
Addition to Rule (C)33. Restrictions applying in relation to a horse whilst on racecourse property
33.8 It is not permissible to stand a horse in ice or iced water, nor is it permissible to apply a cooling device to any part of the horse (including ice boots or bandages, or ice bags), unless a Veterinary Officer grants a special dispensation. The use of such treatments is permitted post-race, or following withdrawal from a race.
AMENDMENT TO RULE (C)33A
Manipulative therapy may have a short-term analgesic (pain-killing) effect in the horse. Under the following amendment to the Rules of Racing it will not be permissible for any horse to receive Manipulative Therapy on raceday.
Amendment to Rule (C)33.
33A.1 On the day of the race in which the horse is declared to run, it is not permissible for the horse to receive Manipulative Therapy until such time as the horse has either run in the race or has been withdrawn.
33A.2 In this Rule, Manipulative Therapy includes physiotherapy, osteopathy, chiropractic and acupuncture.
ADDITION TO SCHEDULE (B)3 AND ADDITIONAL RULE (C)17D
Cyclosporine implants are used in the treatment of immune mediated corneal disease and autoimmune uveitis, in particular Equine Recurrent Uveitis. This relatively uncommon condition results in recurrent inflammatory episodes in the eye and may cause blindness. A suprachoroidal cyclosporine implant is a device which delivers a sustained therapeutic level of cyclosporine for approximately three years, and studies have shown that systemic uptake of the implanted drug is poor. In order to place and remove the implants, horses must undergo ocular surgery under general anaesthetic. It is not considered to be in the interests of horse welfare to mandate that they must be removed for racing.
Addition to Schedule (B)3
8.1 The horse must not have any implant apart from one that is pharmacologically inactive.
8.2 Paragraph 8.1 does not apply where the implant is a suprachoroidal cyclosporine implant for the treatment of immune mediated corneal disease or autoimmune uveitis in specific, documented and monitored cases.
Additional Rule (C)17D
17D Information about suprachoroidal cyclosporine implants
17D.1 Where a horse undergoes surgery for the placement of a suprachoroidal cyclosporine implant, a Licensed or Permitted Trainer must notify the BHA Equine Health and Welfare Department within 7 days of surgery with a certificate, signed by a veterinary surgeon to this effect.
Penalty range for Rule (C)17
Entry Point: £650
Range: £400 - £1500
AMENDMENT TO RULE (B)6
Withdrawals on veterinary advice
Amendment to Rule (B)6 - Horses that are withdrawn by the Stewards on veterinary grounds will now be subject to the same three-day restriction as horses declared as non-runners with a vet's certificate.
6.4 Any horse withdrawn under paragraph 6.1.9 or 6.1.13 will be suspended from running in future races in Great Britain for the period of three days, starting with the day of the race.
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