As at 1st March 2020 the Harness Maximum Number of Starters Policy was introduced.
To clarify the introduction of this policy:
- The first 30 day period will start from 1st March 2020;
- E.g. The first time the 5 starts will be evaluated will be in the period up to 30th March and the 30 days is a rolling 30 days
- Trials are not included in the 5 starts, this is races only.
- If a horse has had 4 starts and then nominates for dual meetings the following will apply:
- If they are deemed a Starter at the premier meeting then they will not be eligible to draw into the secondary meeting.
- If they are deemed an emergency at the premier meeting, they will be eligible to draw into the secondary meeting under the following conditions.
- If a scratching occurs prior to the running of the secondary meeting the horse must take the run in the premier meeting scratching no penalty from the secondary meeting.
- If a scratching occurs after the running of the secondary meeting the horse will be eligible to take it’s place in the premier meeting.
- No 2YO shall be permitted to start in two races taht are less than two (2) clear days apart:
- If a 2YO has been drawn as a starter at the premier meeting and then nominates for the secondary meeting, and that meeting is within 2 clear day of the premier meeting, the nomination for the secondary meeting will be deemed ineligible.
- If a 2YO has been drawn as an emergency for the premier meeting, they will be eligible to draw into the secondary meeting, under the following conditions:
- If drawn as a starter in the secondary meeting, the horse will be scratched from the premier meeting with no penalty.
- If also drawn as an emergency in the secondary meeting, the following conditions apply:
- If the horse gains a start in the secondary meeting due to a scratching, then they will be scratched as an emergency from the premier meeting.
- If the horse gains a start in the premier meeting due to a scratching, then they weill be scratched as an emergency from the secondary meeting.