New rules to target non-triers will come into play this month
The Turf Club has unveiled its new regulations to target non-triers, with implementation commencing on January 20.
The Turf Club believes they will stress the importance of horses being seen to have been given every chance to achieve the best possible placing, conferring responsibility on everyone involved in a horse to keep the public informed.
Rule 212A deals with running and riding offences, broken down into four sub-rules. One deals with intentional stopping of a horse; part two covers jockeys not being seen to ensure a horse finishes in his best possible place.
Part three relates to running a horse in a condition which would preclude its chance of running its race or being out for a schooling session. The final part punishes riders for misjudgement such as getting the winning post wrong.
Rule 212B deals with dramatic improvement in form, while Rule 212C "deals with general matters under Rule 212, such as the instructions given, provision of veterinary evidence, provision of new evidence, betting patterns and running and/or riding of horses associated with a person the subject of a stewards' enquiry or investigation".
The changes amend the powers of race-day stewards. The maximum fine possible is increased from €6,000 to €10,000 and the maximum suspension that can be imposed on a horse is up from 60 days to 90.
Turf Club CEO Denis Egan said stewards "had greater discretion to ensure an appropriate rule is used in dealing with any transgression". The new rules "should alleviate difficulties which arose in the past where the same rule wording was used for minor and major rule breaches".
The news comes just days after it was revealed the Pyromaniac "non-trier" case of 2016 resulted in no penalties for the horse or trainer Tony Martin.
In July, a stay on a 42-day ban confirmed by an appeals and referrals committee hearing was imposed in the High Court. This allowed Pyromaniac to run in the Galway Hurdle. He finished seventh.
The horse had firstly received a 42-day ban at Killarney. Martin was fined €2,000, jockey Patrick McGuigan banned for seven days.
Meanwhile, Martin's Long Call (3/1) won the juveniles' maiden hurdle at Hereford yesterday, his rider Davy Russell recording a double. At Kempton, well-backed Almoner (13/8f) took the fillies' maiden for Tracey Collins.