A model interference rule was approved unanimously by the Executive Council of the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA), modifying its International Agreement on Breeding, Racing and Wagering (IABRW), the organization announced Tueday. The change was recommended by the IFHA’s International Harmonisation of Raceday Rules Committee (IHRRC).
“Achieving greater uniformity in raceday rules is important to the development of an international fanbase, and it has been identified as essential to the simulcasting and commingling arrangements which are increasingly significant for the revenues of the sport,” said Louis Romanet, Chairman of the IFHA. “The inclusion in the International Agreement of this Model Rule on deciding protests/objections represents a significant achievement in the IFHA’s quest for major racing rules to be harmonised across all member countries.”
The IHRRC has been geared, since its beginning, toward achieving a harmonised approach across all major racing jurisdictions relating to deciding protests/objections.
Below is the new model rule in its entirety:
If, in the opinion of the Staging Authority’s relevant judicial body, a horse or its rider causes interference and finishes in front of the horse interfered with but irrespective of the incident(s) the sufferer would not have finished ahead of the horse causing the interference, the judge’s placings will remain unaltered.
If, in the opinion of the Staging Authority’s relevant judicial body, a horse or its rider causes interference and finishes in front of the horse interfered with and if not for the incident(s) the sufferer would have finished ahead of the horse causing the interference, the interferer will be placed immediately behind the sufferer.
Racing Authorities may, within their Rules, provide for the disqualification of a horse from a race in circumstances in which the Staging Authority’s relevant judicial body deems that the rider has ridden in a dangerous manner.