Handicap Rules & Regulations

1. All racing under BHRC rules must adopt the following system from 1st January 2017.

2. Prize Money

  1. System includes any place money or prizes (all non-monetary prizes above £100 in value to be included).
  2. Every race will have a value of £250 to the winner. Promoters may pay less as first place prize money but a minimum of £250 will be calculated under the handicap.
  3. Promoters are encouraged to offer prize money on a staggered scale increasing for high grades.
  4. It is recommended that Promoters allocate a maximum of 70% of total purse per race to the winner (including any monetary prizes and particularly where the purse exceeds £1000). Remainder of purse to be allocated at the Promoters discretion.

3. Grades

Handicap Grade Grade Conditions Money Range
Maiden Maiden horses on race win horse moves to Novice grade
Novice horses with one win Race Win
After Novice race win all horses enter Grade system as Grade 1 [£0] (save for section 10)
Grade 1 1 race win and £0-349 earnings £349 max
Grade 2 1 race win and £350-699 earnings £349
Grade 3 1 race win and £700-1099 earnings £399
Grade 4 1 race win and £1100-1499 earnings £399
Grade 5 1 race win and £1500-1999 earnings £499
Grade 6 1 race win and £2000-2499 earnings £499
Grade 7 1 race win and £2500-3099 earnings £599
Grade 8 1 race win and £3100-3699 earnings £599
Grade 9 1 race win and £3700-4449 earnings £749
Grade 10 1 race win and £4450-5199 earnings £749
Grade 11 1 race win and £5200-6199 earnings £999
Grade 12 11 race wins and over all other monies

All horses must be over the win and money threshold in each grade to advance (save for section 4).

4. Cap
Horses winning a final over £2000 will automatically advance two grades (i.e. if not a heat winner, 2 grades advance. NB. horse winning heat and final advances two grades).

5. Juvenile Racing

  1. Two Year Olds competing in Two Year Old races within the UK and Ireland will have the penalty value imposed reduced by 70%
  2. Three Year Olds competing in Three Year Old races within the UK and Ireland will have the penalty value imposed reduced by 50%
  3. Four Year Olds competing in Four Year Old races within the UK and Ireland will have the penalty value imposed reduced by 50%.

6. Claiming races

  1. Claiming Races will be held under the conditions set out in the BHRC Rules and Regulations (Appendix VIII)
  2. Claiming Races will be offered as Penalty Free
  3. Preferred draw based on money
  4. Races run in lines with £500 division for each line
  5. Horses permitted to win a maximum of three races under current owner. Once claimed the horse can continue to win three races under new owner
  6. Minimum first prize to be £300
  7. Claiming Races will not be considered eligible for the lift system in place
  8. Promoters are encouraged to utilise claiming races where possible to keep horses competitive
  9. All Promoters are encouraged to advertise claiming races in advance of close of entries

7. Condition Races

  1. Conditioned racing can apply to any grade or mixture of grades. It may refer to races won, monies won or race times, or a combination
  2. Race condition will dictate any handicap or gate position
  3. Races for Non-Winners in the last eight (8) outings will be offered as Penalty Free
  4. Horses will only be permitted to win two of such races in any one season
  5. Minimum first prize £300
  6. Preferred Draw with lowest money inside. Races may be run in lines for each Grade
  7. General non-winners race will not be Penalty Free
  8. Non-Winners races offered as Penalty Free will not be considered eligible for the lift system in place
  9. Promoters are encouraged to utilise conditioned races where possible to keep horses competitive
  10. Conditions for races must be clearly advertised in advance of entry being received or accepted

8. Mixing of Grades and Gait

  1. No limit on number of grades that can race together
  2. Trotters and Pacers are not permitted to race together under any circumstances

9. Draw for starting position

  1. It is advised that under this system all races should be staged with preferred draw – lowest money to inside
  2. Promoters may use ballot for position within grade but must advertise in advance
  3. Race Framers may frame races to best suit their circumstances

10. Imported and Visiting horses

  1. Imported or horses visiting the UK for the purpose of racing, will need to provide a detailed lifetime history of races and monies won, and will be graded as per section 3
  2. Horses from America, Canada and Australasia. All earnings will be included in working out a handicap mark. The horses total earnings will be converted to £ sterling, and this will determine the horses position within the handicap system
  3. Horses from mainland Europe (generally speaking Trotters) – All earnings will be included in working out a handicap mark. The horses total earnings will be converted to £ sterling, then divided by 5, and this will determine the horses position within the handicap system
  4. Horses from b or c above that have not won a race, enter the system as Maiden but the figure calculated using b or c will be banked. This figure will then be added to a horses mark when it wins its Novice race to determine its future handicap mark.
  5. For the purpose of conversion the current rate of exchange on the 1st January in the year of racing will be used.
  6. Horse will be ineligible for entry until the Handicap Panel have reassessed its mark (maximum 28 days)

11. Horses Previously Running with Other Organisations

Horses previously running with other organisations (i.e. unaffiliated) will need to provide a detailed lifetime history of races and monies won. No relief will be applied and horses will be graded as per section 3. Horse will be ineligible for entry until the Handicap Panel have reassessed its mark (maximum 28 days).

12. Young Drivers, Driving Championships
BHRC C class drivers may seek drives in any handicap race not exceeding £1000 first prize

  1. Horses will receive a relief of two grades with a driver that has three or less wins
  2. Horses will receive a relief of one grade with a driver that has between four and seven wins
  3. Promoters are advised such horses are to be included in the draw in Ballot for Position races or in position determined by handicap earnings in preferred draw races
  4. Not available in heats that qualify for a final of £1000 or more first prize
  5. Driver must be declared at point of entry. Driver may only be replaced with one that meets the same criteria. If no driver available on raceday then the horse will be declared a non-runner

For the avoidance of doubt, the driver allowance of one grade can only be claimed on horses Grade 2 and above and the allowance of two grades can only be claimed on horses Grade 3 and above

13. Allowances/Lift System

  1. All horses on reaching their 10th year (and subsequent years) will have their handicap reduced to the bottom of the grade below.
  2. Horses will receive a one grade relief for every completed ten runs. Horses after completion of the tenth run will have their relevant handicap reduced by one grade, handicap earnings remain the same. These will be applied in-season
  3. Only one run per horse can be banked per day
  4. Runs in Maiden and Novice races are not eligible towards the lift system
  5. Horses in Grade 1 will revert to Grade 1 [0] on completion of tenth run
  6. Horses must complete races for the run to be eligible towards the lift system any performance pulled up, fallen or disqualified will not be eligible)
  7. Once race cards are published, the handicap lift system cannot be applied to these races. Therefore, if a horse completes a 10th run and qualifies for a lift between publication of race card and declaration for the race, the horse will race on the handicap it was framed on (save for section G8 of the BHRC Rules and Regulations). The lift will be applied for the next fixture venue the horse is entered at.
  8. Horses completing their 10th run in a Heat will race in the final from the handicap mark applicable in the heat. The lift will be applied for the next fixture venue the horse is entered at (see section G8 of the BHRC Rules and Regulations).
  9. Banked runs at the end of the season will be carried forward
  10. Performances deemed as unsatisfactory or uncompetitive by Race Day Stewards or Officials will not be eligible towards the lift system and the number of runs applicable to the horse will be automatically reset to ’0′
  11. Where a licence holder is penalised under section M3b or M4k of the BHRC Rules and Regulations, the horse named on the Racetrack Stewards Enquiry Report shall have all banked runs removed and reset to ’0′

14. Horses must retire by 31st December of their 14th Year (Owners/Trainers can request, in writing to the BHRC, an extension to a horses racing career)

15.The Handicap Panel have attempted to cover all possibilities in the above rules and regulations. Should a situation arise that is not covered, the Raceframer should contact a member of the handicap panel for clarification.

16. The Handicap Panel reserve the right to review and alter conditions of this system