Lyons backing for claimers as new rules introduced
Ger Lyons has called for more claimers and fewer low-grade handicaps after the authorities introduced fresh regulations to stamp out skulduggery.
The number of claimers run in Ireland almost trebled last year, during which time the Irish Racehorse Claiming Association - which advocates more races of this type - was formed.
The most significant rule changes will deter or stamp out claimants submitting multiple claims. It is well-established that one owner can make several claims through different names. Claimants must now furnish the name of the designated trainer with their claim.
Lyons said: "I am all in favour of more claimers - in fact instead of low-grade handicaps. I also agree with no multiple claims; if you run, you should be prepared to lose the horse.
"The sooner we get used to it the sooner the claiming race will become accepted, part of the programme and the norm. It's a great way to move horses along."