REGULATIONS RELATING TO CLAIMING RACES
1. All horses that run in a claiming race may be claimed by any person, subject to these Regulations.
2. The claiming price for every horse shall be declared to Horse Racing Ireland by the time of closing of entries and this price may not be changed. If no claiming price is declared then the top claiming price shall be taken as the advertised claiming price. The claiming price will be printed on the race card.
3. The weight to be carried by a horse entered for a Claiming Race is linked to the price at which he may be claimed. The price/weight relationship is set out in the conditions of the Race as published in the Irish Racing Calendar and printed on the race card.
4. A horse which is the subject of a registered Lease may not be entered or run in a Claiming Race without the written consent of the lessor.
5. Any person disputing the ownership of a horse listed to run in a Claiming Race must notify Horse Racing Ireland of the nature of the dispute at least twenty-four hours before the advertised starting time of the race. In such a case the Stewards of the Governing Bodies, may at their absolute discretion, decide whether the horse shall be allowed to run in the said race.
6. Any horse declared for a Claiming Race must be available for inspection at its training stables at any reasonable time prior to the race. During this time the Passport should be available for inspection.
7. A horse may not be claimed for less than or more than the advertised claiming price.
8. Duplicate claims (submitting more than one claim by the same person for the same horse) are not allowed.
9. Claims may only be made:
(a) on the special form, available from the Clerk of the Scales, which shall be completed in full by the claimant, accompanied by a Bankers Draft made payable to the Turf Club and placed in a sealed envelope and lodged in the designated claim box in the weigh room or
(b) by telephone to Horse Racing Ireland on the following designated telephone number - 045 455444.
not more than 10 minutes after the “Winner All Right” announcement has been authorised under Rule 41:
10. Claims received by telephone shall only be accepted from a currently registered Owner or a licenced Trainer, subject to that person being authorised by Horse Racing Ireland to make a claim.
11. The telephone claiming system will be operational every time there is a Claiming Race and the dedicated telephone number shall be the only valid number for receipt of claims. Claims may be made by telephone from one hour prior to the advertised starting time of the race until 10 minutes after the “Winner All Right” announcement has been authorised.
Sufficient details must be given at the time to identify the person making the claim and the horse which is the subject of the claim.
12. Any claim received by Horse Racing Ireland shall be forwarded to the Security/Investigations Officer or his designated deputy at the Race Meeting not more than 15 minutes after the “Winner All Right” announcement has been authorised.
13 A claim made by telephone and subsequently transmitted to the Security/Investigations Officer or his designated deputy at the Race Meeting, may not be withdrawn
14. The various envelopes containing the claims will be collected from the claim box 15 minutes after the “Winner All Right” announcement has been authorised and will then be opened by the Security/Investigations Officer or his designated deputy and collated with any claims received by telephone. Any claim, the documentation for which is incomplete or inaccurate, is void.
15. The successful claimant(s) shall then be determined by the Security/Investigations Officer in the presence of one or more of the Stewards, subject to paragraph 16 of this Regulation.
16. If there is more than one claim for the same horse the successful claimant will be determined by lot in the presence of one or more of the Stewards. The identity of any claimant will not be disclosed to the public until after the time for making claims has elapsed.
17. If a successful claim is made by telephone the claiming price shall be debited to the claimant’s Horse Racing Ireland account.
18. Title to the claimed horse shall be vested immediately in the successful claimant and the claimant then becomes the legal owner of the horse regardless of the result of any test that may have been taken in accordance with Rule 18 or the physical condition of the horse.
19. Any objection lodged against any horse subsequent to the race being run will have no effect on any claim made.
20. Arrears due as a consequence of a successful claim shall be subject to Rule 165.
21. The advertised claiming price of a horse successfully claimed shall be subject to a 5% payment by the original Owner(s) of the horse to Horse Racing Ireland and The Governing Bodies.
22. When a successful claim is made by telephone, Horse Racing Ireland shall immediately inform the claimant. It is then the claimant’s responsibility to contact the Racecourse Executive, without delay, to confirm travel arrangements for the claimed horse.
23. After unsaddling, all horses that have run in a Claiming Race shall be taken straight to the racecourse stables and may not be removed from there without clearance from the Turf Club Veterinary Officer or the Veterinary Assistant.
24. The prize money for a Claiming Race is for the benefit of the Owner(s) of the horse recorded with Horse Racing Ireland. A horse’s eligibility for claiming is not affected by his “walking over”.
25. In the event of a claimed horse holding any subsequent engagements, such engagements shall pass to and become the liability of the successful claimant.
26. It shall be a breach of these Regulations for any person to attempt to prevent another individual from claiming a horse or for any person to refuse to release a claimed horse to the successful claimant.
27. In the event of a Claiming Race being declared void by the Stewards, any claims in such race will be annulled.
28. Any person who commits a breach of this Regulation shall be reported to the Stewards or the Referrals Committee who shall deal with the matter using their general powers, which may include the annulling of any claim(s) on a horse.
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