PENALTY GUIDELINES FOR TROTTERS BREAKING GAIT
Note – Starting Offences shall constitute the score-up to 100 metres after the start.
Fractious in the score-up (mobile) or at the barrier (standing start), races roughly at the start or out of position at the start:
First offence - Warning issued (WI)
Subsequent offence within 3 starts – Last chance draw (LCD)
Subsequent offence within 3 starts – ODM or ODS
Breaks in the score up not causing interference and in position at the start (mobile), gallops out (standing start), breaks after start (standing start):
First offence – Warning issued (WI)
Subsequent offence within 3 starts – ODM of ODS
Breaks in score-up causing a false start, breaks at/after the start (mobile):
Races roughly or gallops in running:
Subsequent offence within 3 starts – Last chance to race truly (LCRT)
Subsequent offence within 3 starts – Stood down one trial (SD1T)
Subsequent offence within 3 starts – Stood down one trial + 10 days (SD2T SD10D)
Subsequent offence within 3 starts – Stood down two trials + 14 days (SD2T SD14D)
Subsequent offence within 3 starts – Stewards discretion
Notwithstanding the above guidelines, where the Stewards deem a performance of any horse to be unsatisfactory, uncompetitive, inconsistent, intractable, gallops excessively or consider that a horse has re-offended, more severe action may be taken.
o For the purpose of the term ‘intractable’ in this policy, Stewards will consider hanging, over racing or behaving in a manner that materially affects or could materially affect the performance of a horse or others.
For the purposes of this Policy, once a horse has successfully completed three (3) consecutive starts without offence, the horse will be considered to have a clear record.
Unless otherwise permitted by ORI, horses may be presented to requalify after one clear day has elapsed from the day on which it last raced.
In regard to all penalties issued against a horse, the Stewards may apply discretion in the application of the Policy depending on the circumstances.
In the context of the Policy, "gallop" refers to a horse breaking gait other than as a consequence of interference.
Note – The term "EXCESSIVE" above shall mean where a horse gallops for 100 metres or more, or in an instance where a horse gallops twice in running.