Australian Harness Racing Rules
Dictionary
Please Note:   All forms mentioned in the Rules are available from State Controlling Bodies.  

Please Note:  On 1st March 2008 Harness Racing Australia Inc (HRA) replaced Australian Harness Racing Council Inc (AHRC) as the organisation's name.  All AHRC's formal structures, rules, regulations, policies, processes etc., now pertain to HRA, and any reference to Australian Harness Racing Council Inc, AHRC, Council or The Council shall mean Harness Racing Australia Inc or HRA.
 

"Anabolic Androgenic Steroid Clearing Certificate" means a certificate from a person or drug testing laboratory approved by the Controlling Body certifying that a sample is free of anabolic androgenic steroids or that any anabolic androgenic steroids that are present are at or below the relevant concentration set out in Rule 188A(2).

"Approved Instrument" means the apparatus known as the Beckman EL-ISE auto analyser or Beckman DxC600 analyser.

"Arrears" mean moneys owed for not less than 30 days.

"Artificial breeding station" means a place where artificial breeding is attempted or carried on.

“Australian Racing Board” means the Australian Racing Board Limited constituted in accordance with AR208 Australian Rules of Racing.

"Authorised agent" and "Authorised person" means a person recognised as such by the Controlling Body.

"Bet" or "betting" means to make either directly or indirectly a monetary investment on the outcome of a race. 

"Birdcage" means an enclosure or place on a racecourse where horses are stabled, marshalled or paraded for events.

"Body" includes a corporation, a body corporate, an unincorporated association and a recognised harness racing authority.

"Competing" for the purposes of insurance has the following applications -

a driver, who is not also the trainer of a horse or the trainer’s agent, is deemed to be competing in a race from the time that the driver first sits in the sulky of the horse for the purpose of parading the horse for the race until the reins of the horse are taken by the trainer or the trainer’s agent following the finish of a race;

a driver, who is also the trainer of a horse or the trainer’s agent, is deemed to be competing in a race from the time that the driver first sits in the sulky of the horse for the purpose of parading the horse for the race until the horse leaves that part of the racecourse on which the race takes place following the finish of the race.

“Connections” includes the persons who are the owners or lessees of a horse or who otherwise have a legal interest in it, a trainer, a manager of a syndicate, a joint ownership manager, a stud master, and the authorised agents of such persons.

“Controlling Body”  means

(a)  Save and except for paragraph (b) an organisation which by convention, recognition or law is or is deemed to be in control of harness racing in a State or Territory of Australia or in part of or the whole of a country; and

(b)  in respect of the State of Queensland, the Racing Queensland Board unless a rule provides for the Controlling Body to perform a function that is a function of the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission under the Racing Integrity Act 2016 (Qld) in which case the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission must perform the function.

"Determination" includes requirements, orders, directions, decisions, and the like, made, given or imposed on or about any subject matter, person, group or class of persons, or any club, organisation or body, with or without sanctions attaching thereto.

"Disqualification" means a penalty that imposes the restrictions contained in Part 16.

"Driver" means a person who is on a racetrack or a registered or unregistered training track for the purpose of driving or riding a horse.

“Drug of Abuse” (repealed, approved 11.12.2015)

"Family interest" refers to a situation other than a bet on a horse in a race, where if a steward or handicapper were to exercise a power under the rules, the spouse, domestic partner, parent, sibling or child of, or person residing with, the steward or handicapper would have, or be likely to have, a financial or other significant interest in the outcome.

"Handicapper" means a person appointed by the Controlling Body to handicap.

"Harness racing association" or "association" means any organisation which represents harness racing clubs or other bodies which promote or conduct races or meetings.

“Harness Racing Australia” or “HRA” is the body which on 1 March 2008 replaced the Australian Harness Racing Council being the body incorporated in accordance with the Australian Capital Territory Associations Ordinance 1953 under the name Australian Harness Racing Council Incorporated.

"Harness racing club" or "club" means any body, other than a Controlling Body, which promotes or conducts races or meetings.

"Horse" means a horse bred, cared for, managed, trained, raced or otherwise dealt with for purposes connected with the harness racing industry.

"Interest" in respect of a horse for any purpose under these Rules includes membership of a syndicate which owns or leases a horse or has any interest direct or indirect in a horse.

"Jurisdiction" means that country or State or Territory of Australia in which a Controlling Body or recognised harness racing authority has by law the power to control and regulate harness racing.

"Legal Practitioner" means a person who has been admitted to practice law pursuant to the relevant Statute of a Controlling Body jurisdiction. 

"Licence" includes permit

"List" means the unpaid forfeit list except where some other list is identified in the rules.

"Log Book" means any book or register including an electronic format used for the purposes of recording the information required by Rule 190B.

"Meeting" means a meeting at which harness racing horses race or participate in events or were scheduled to do so and includes official trials and training at tracks registered by a Controlling Body.

“Microchip” means an electronic identifier transponder of a type approved by the Controlling Body with a unique unalterable number.

"Official" includes an official of a club

"Person" includes an individual, a syndicate, a corporation, a body corporate, and an unincorporated association.

"Place" means the official finishing position of a horse in a race. 

"Race" means a race or official trial or official time trial or event in which harness racing horses race or participate.

"Racecourse" or "course" means a place at which harness racing horses race or participate in events, and includes all the land and improvements - such as stands, seats, stables, enclosures, rooms, offices, betting and recreational areas, carparks - used in connection with the conduct or observation of races, meetings or events by persons engaged in the harness racing industry or by members of the public.

"Race day" or "day of the race" means the period commencing at midnight on the day of the race for which the horse is nominated and concluding at the time the horse is lawfully removed from the racecourse after competing in the race for which it was nominated. 

"Racetrack" or "track" means that part of a racecourse on which harness racing horses race.

"Racing year" means the period commencing 1st September in a calendar year and ending 31st August in the following calendar year.

"Recognised harness racing authority" means an organisation accepted by the Controlling Body as controlling the harness racing industry in a State or Territory of Australia or in part of or the whole of a country.

“Registered training establishment” means a property approved by a Controlling Body to be used for the purposes of conducting harness racing activities.

"Reprimand" includes caution and means an official censure or rebuke. 

"Semen" includes frozen, and chilled semen.

"Sprint Lane" means a clearly identified inward expansion of the inside of the straight immediately preceding the winning post.

"Standardbred" when used with reference to a horse means a horse which is the progeny of a registered sire and registered dam.

“Start” – The Start means the point at which the starter declares by whatever means determined by the Controlling Body the commencement of the race.

 "Stewards" means stewards appointed under these rules.

"Stud" means a place where the breeding of horses is attempted or carried on.

"Suffering" means to intentionally hurt or cause pain, distress or hardship to a horse. 

“Suspension”-

(i)  In relation to a licensed person means the temporary or permanent withdrawal of all rights provided by any licence issued by a Controlling Body.

(ii)  In relation to a horse means the temporary or permanent withdrawal of its right to participate in any race.

(iii) In relation to a non-licensed person means the temporary or permanent withdrawal of a right to participate in a facet of the Harness Racing Industry. 

"Swab" means the taking, or a procedure for the taking, of blood, urine, saliva, or other matter or sample or specimen from a horse for the purpose of testing for the presence of a prohibited substance and "positive swab" means that the swab, when tested, reveals such a presence.

"TAB" means the organisation appointed or established by or under the law in the jurisdiction of the Controlling Body to regulate off course betting and when used in connection with a race or meeting means off course betting so regulated.

"Therapeutic Substances" - A Therapeutic substance means any substance used for the prevention, diagnosis or treatment of a disease, ailment, defect or injury or used to affect physiological process.

"Trainer" includes a person who though not holding a licence granted under these rules trains a horse or does other things which are only done or usually done by trainers.

"Training" includes the preparation, education and exercising of a horse to race, but not the mere process of keeping a horse in good health.

"Training Track" means a track that is registered with a Controlling Body and authorised for use as a training track for horses.

"Warned Off" or "Warning Off" means a decision or penalty prohibiting a person from entering any racecourse or place under the control of a club or the Controlling Body and a person "warned off" shall be subject to the same prohibitions as a disqualified person mentioned in rule 259 sub rule (1). 

Notes:

(1) Part headings and brief descriptions in bold type are inserted in the rules solely for ease of reference and do not form part of the text.

(2) Offence provisions are found throughout the rules and are not confined to those in Part 14 or under the bold type heading "Offences". An offence provision is identified by use of the words in it, or with reference to it, that failure to comply or contravention of it makes a person guilty of an offence.

(3) In the interpretation of these rules nothing turns on the fact that in some instances capital letters may be used and in others letters in lower case.

(4)  On 1st March 2008 Harness Racing Australia Inc (HRA) replaced Australian Harness Racing Council Inc (AHRC) as the organisation's name.   All AHRC's formal structures, rules, regulations, policies, processes etc., now pertain to HRA.

 

PLEASE NOTE:
Rules Effective from 1st September 1999 (State Controlling Bodies must adopt)
Rules Approved - 16th March 1999 (AHRC Meeting)
 

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