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The BHA have announced a new rule which requires trainers to declare when a horse has had wind surgery.
The declaration of wind surgery will be required for horses which have previously raced and must be made prior to their first run after wind surgery.
The new rule will be implemented for races run on, or after, 19 January 2018
The types of wind surgery required to be declared are:-
After the rule is implemented, racecards will be enhanced to include WS to indicate wind surgery has been undertaken since a horse’s last run. WS will begin appearing in racecards from 19 January 2018.
This change to the rules will have implications for trainers, who will be responsible for declaring that the surgery has taken place.
The BHA state:
“We are implementing this change to the rules because it’s important that we are open and transparent with customers of our sport, particularly bettors, about information which may influence their betting behaviour. The provision of data is becoming more and more important in modern betting marketplaces, and if racing is to remain an attractive betting product then it is essential that we keep up to speed with our competitors in terms of the data we are providing to our customers”.
“The implementation of the rule will also help to ensure our high standards of integrity are upheld in betting markets, and will allow us to collect research data on the nature, frequency and impact of wind surgeries on racehorses”.
“The stakeholders of British racing were consulted during the process of implementing this rule, which is already mandatory in some of the other major racing jurisdictions”.
Guidance for trainers
The BHA have provided the following details of the steps trainers will be required to take – which include some immediate actions, and some on an ongoing basis – these are outlined below.
From Wednesday 22 November, an enhancement to the Racing Administration website will allow you to input information about wind surgery.
You should now input wind surgery information against horses in your yard which have had wind surgery since their last start and before they are next declared to run.
By updating this information, you will be in compliance with the new rule after it is enforced from 19 January.
Please follow the below steps in order to declare wind surgery.
The declaration of wind surgery will be required for horses which have previously raced, regardless of whether previous races were in Great Britain or elsewhere. The declaration of wind surgery will be required prior to declaring for that horse’s first start after it has had wind surgery.
Where a horse is subjected to wind surgery on multiple occasions, the declaration will be required on each occasion.
The requirement to declare wind surgeries will apply equally to horses trained in Great Britain and horses trained overseas which are racing in Great Britain.
British trainers will have access to a new tab within the Horse Management section of the Racing Administration website. The information is submitted against a horse’s individual profile, under a new ‘Horse and Veterinary’ tab. By clicking on the blue circle to the right of screen, you will be able to declare a wind surgery for a horse in your yard.
Foreign trainers wishing to declare a previously raced horse for a race run in Great Britain, will be asked if the horse has had a declarable wind surgery since its last race start, regardless of which country that race was in, when contacting Weatherbys to make a declaration.
Racecards will display WS to identify a horse which has had wind surgery since its last performance.
WS will only appear in the racecard for a horse’s first start following wind surgery and not for subsequent race starts.
The racecard will not display the specific type of wind surgery.
The BHA Equine Health and Welfare Department will collect data on the nature, frequency and impact of wind surgeries on racehorses. The intention is for this information to be for research purposes only and not to be made public.
In instances when the surgeries are not declared, and of which the BHA becomes aware, there will be a framework within the Rules to enable the non-compliance to be addressed.