There are 17 new rules being amended/introduced as of August 1st in relation to the Australian Rules Of Racinghttp://www.racingaustralia.horse/FreeServices/Upcoming_Australian_Rules_Of_Racing_1_August_2018.aspx
The cover bullying, specifications of what constitutes a whip and where it may be used (see whip rules thread), and non-starter declarations if suffering interference at the start. The stewards will have more power in regard to "unsafe horses".
175D says anyone coming under the rules must not bet with "non approved" wagering operators.
AR.177C, AR.178, AR.178G & AR.200A relate to Elevated hydrocortisone levels from endogenous origin.
AR.178F(2) states that trainers must log a treatment if they take a blood sample. AR.87A(2) officially permits the use of Stallion Chains.
AR.8E(1) extends the powers of "Investigators".
However my interpretation of this particular rule is that all jockeys can now have a half a kilo allowanceAR.143 – Weighing in light
AR.143(a) currently refers to a rider being allowed to weigh in light by a half kilogram “for the weight of his bridle”. This is creating confusion as to whether other items should be included and the reality is that the rider is simply allowed a half kilogram.
Accordingly, the reference to the bridle is being removed.
1. Amend AR.143 as follows:
“AR.143. Subject to AR.146, if a horse carries less weight than the weight it should carry -
(a) it shall be disqualified for the race, provided that a rider shall be allowed by the Clerk of the Scales a half kilogram; and
(b) notwithstanding paragraph (a), the rider and/or any person at fault may be penalised.”
And there is a rule covering fees:Trainer & Owner Reforms – TOR Rule 3
The purpose of TOR Rule 3 is to ensure that all owners are aware of the training fees for which they will be liable. The rule imposes an obligation on trainers to issue a fees notice to owners within a certain time of being appointed as trainer, and contains a mechanism under which the fees notice can be disputed or accepted. The fees notice then provides the basis upon which a trainer can rely on the “presumption of a training debt” under the TOR Rules and the Standard Training Agreement when an invoice is not paid.
As currently drafted, TOR Rule 3 is silent as to what occurs when a trainer has not provided the owners with a fees notice by the required time, or at all. Racing Australia is introducing a new subrule (3) which provides that a trainer who has not issued a fees notice on time is precluded from relying on the “presumption of a training debt” for any fees incurred prior to the provision of a fees notice.
This approach is fair in that it restricts the trainer’s ability to rely on the TOR processes to recover unpaid training fees where the owners were not aware of those fees. Importantly, the trainer can still seek payment from the owners for services provided prior to issuing the fees notice, just not under the TOR processes.
Subrule (1) is also being amended to remove the transitional provisions which only applied to issuing of fees notices during the first month of the TOR.