|Australian Harness Racing Rules 175-180|
|Objections and Protests|
175. (1) A person who questions the eligibility of a horse to start in a race may lodge an objection with the Stewards.
(2) A person upon coming into possession of information which might establish a horses ineligibility to race shall immediately lodge an objection with the Stewards.
(3) A person who fails to comply with sub rule (2) is guilty of an offence.
(4) For the purpose of this rule "person" means a person licensed under these rules, an official of the club conducting the meeting, an owner of a horse competing in the race, or such owners authorised agent.
176. (1) A person who considers that a horse is not entitled to be placed in a race as the judge has decided, may lodge a protest with the All clear steward.
(2) A protest can relate only to an incident which occurred during the running of a race.
(3) A protest must state the grounds.
(4) A protest must be made before the declaration of all clear.(5) For the purposes of this rule "person" means a steward, the starter of the race, a connection or driver of any horse competing in the race or an authorised agent.
(6) Where a protest has been lodged in accordance with this Rule and a horse or its driver causes interference to another horse or its driver and the Stewards are of the opinion that the horse interfered with would have finished ahead of the first mentioned horse had such interference not occurred they shall place the first mentioned horse immediately after the horse interfered with.
177. (1) A person may after the declaration of all clear lodge with the Stewards an objection against the judge's placings in a race.
(2) An objection must be lodged within 7 days of the race.
(3) An objection does not affect settlement of bets or wagers.
(4) An objection cannot relate to an incident which occurred during the running of a race.
(5) For the purposes of this rule "person" means a person licensed under these rules, an official of the club conducting the meeting, an owner of a horse competing in the race, or an owners authorised agent.
178. (1) Upon lodgment of a protest the Stewards shall immediately make a public announcement of the nature of the protest and the horses involved and proceed with an inquiry.
(2) At the inquiry the owners or authorised agent and the trainers and drivers of the horses involved are entitled to be present.
(3) Persons entitled to be present may address the Stewards, but may question witnesses only with the Stewards permission.
(4) The Stewards may disqualify any horse from the race or give it a lower placing and otherwise decide the protest in such manner as they see fit.
179. If a protest is upheld, stakes and bets shall be paid in accordance with the Stewards' decision.
180. A person who lodges a frivolous protest or objection is guilty of an offence.
Rules Effective from 1st September 1999 (State Controlling Bodies must adopt)
Rules Approved - 16th March 1999 (AHRC Meeting)