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Amendments to the New Zealand Rules of Racing

Pursuant to section 29 or section 34 of the Racing Act 2003, New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing Incorporated (NZTR) has made the following changes to the Rules of Racing which will come into effect on 7 May 2018.

Industry consultation has taken place on these proposed amendments and NZTR’s Integrity Committee has sought the views of the Judicial Control Authority (JCA) and the New Zealand Racing Board Dates Committee (NZRB). The NZRB, the JCA and the NZTR Board have approved these amendments.

The purpose of the amendments is to modernise the system of apprentice claims and to clarify when an apprentice’s claim changes.

The amendments to the Rules of Racing are set out below in red as follows:

542 (1) In every Flat Race which is not:

(a) a Group Race;

(b) a Listed Race;

(c) a Highweight Race; or

(d) a Race in which allowances may not be claimed;

an Apprentice Jockey, who is not prevented by any of these Rules from riding in that Race and who has ridden not more than 139 winners, shall be entitled to claim an allowance which shall be determined according to the number of winners ridden by that Apprentice Jockey and computed as follows

(e) if the Apprentice Jockey has ridden 9 or fewer winners – 4kg;

(f) if the Apprentice Jockey has ridden at least 10 winners but no more than 39 winners – 3kg;

(g) if the Apprentice Jockey has ridden at least 40 winners but no more than 79 winners – 2kg; or

(h) if the Apprentice Jockey has ridden at least 80 winners but no more than 139 winners – 1kg.

Subject to the provisions of the Racing Policy relating to the lowest weights to be carried in certain Races, such allowances may be claimed notwithstanding that the effect of such may be to allow the horse ridden by an Apprentice Jockey to carry less than the minimum weight specified in the conditions of the Race.


(5) That notwithstanding Rules 542(1) (2) and (3) a rider may claim during a race meeting the same allowance to which he was entitled at 12.01am on the day when declaration of riders for that race meeting officially closed.