(Updated 20th January 2019)
The following guidelines have been drawn up to ensure that the qualification of horses for these races is clear.
The definition of a Maiden Auction race is “a flat race restricted to two year old or to three year old Maiden horses which have been sold or bought in by public auction under the hammer at specified sales”.
The definition of a Novice Auction race is a Flat race restricted to horses which have not won more than two flat races AND have not won a flat race which is classified as Class 1 or more than one flat race which is classified as Class 2 or 3 in Schedule 2 AND have been sold or bought in by public auction under the hammer at specified sales.
For the avoidance of doubt horses which are unsold having failed to reach their reserves do not qualify, nor do private sales.
(i) The “specified sales” referred to above for these races in 2019
comprise the following:-
a) Those yearling sales administered by Arqana (France), Baden-
Badener Auktionsgesellschaft (BBAG) (Germany), Goffs UK
Ltd. (G.B.), Fasig-Tipton Co. Inc. (U.S.A.), Goffs Bloodstock
Sales Ltd. (Ireland), Goresbridge Horse Sales Ltd. (Ireland),
Keeneland Association Inc. (U.S.A.), Ocala Breeders Sales Co.
Inc. (U.S.A.), Osarus Vente (France), Societa Gestione Aste
(SGA) (Italy), Tattersalls Ltd. (G.B.), Tattersalls (Ireland) Ltd.
(Ireland), Tattersalls (Ireland) Ltd. Cheltenham (G.B.), Tattersalls
(Ireland) Ltd. Ascot (G.B.),
b) As two years old at any sales administered by the above
mentioned sales companies, up to and including May 31st, 2018
or, for the races where the closing date is before June 1st, up to
and including the day prior to the closing date of the race.
c) As three years old at any sales administered by the above
mentioned sales companies, up to and including the day prior to
the closing date of the race.
ii) The last sale will govern the price if the horse is sold more than once,
up to and including the relevant qualifying date as stated above.
iii) A horse will only be considered as having been sold by public auction
(under the hammer) if that sale is subsequently published, or notified
in writing to the Racing Calendar Office, by the Sales Company. The
auction price used will be the first published/notified sales price from
the relevant auction, unless notification is subsequently received from
the Sales company indicating that, for a reason acceptable to the
British Horseracing Authority, a different Sales price should be used.
An amended Sales price will only be used to calculate a horse’s weight
in an Auction race if such notification has been received by the Racing
Calendar Office and accepted by the British Horseracing Authority no
later than 24 hours prior to the first scratching stage deadline in the
case of an early closing race or no later than 24 hours before the
declaration deadline in the case of a normal closing race.
A horse initially sold under the hammer but whose sale was subsequently
cancelled for whatever reason will still be qualified for Auction races. Such
instances include the horse failing a veterinary examination, a void sale, disputed
bids, etc. The auction price used will be the initial price unless notification has
been received from the Sales companies indicating that the horse has been
re-submitted as the result of a void sale. If the horse was not re-submitted it will
still be qualified but will be assessed on the auction price of its void sale.
iv) In the case of any dispute the official sale return will be used to
determine the validity of the sale. The Authority will be the final
arbiters of qualification for entry.
v) Any sale conducted outside the sales ring (private sale) will not be
considered to qualify the horse for an auction value.
vi) Where horses are sold through the ring at specified sales outside
Great Britain, the following procedure will apply:-
1. The purchase price in local currency will be converted to pounds
sterling using the rate of exchange shown in Schedule (F)14. The
rate of exchange at the time of the sale will not be used.
2. Since practices differ between sales in Great Britain and those
staged overseas in the inclusion or otherwise of Buyers’
Premiums within the published sales price, and in order to
reflect more fairly the total price paid, the appropriate Buyer’s
Premium, as set out below, will then be added to the converted
sterling price. This resulting figure will then be used to determine
eligibility, weights, etc., for any relevant race.
vii) For sales staged in Great Britain which sell horses in pounds sterling
with an additional Buyer’s Premium, in order to reflect more fairly the
total price paid, the appropriate Buyer’s Premium, as set out below,
will be added to the price. This resulting figure will then be used to
determine eligibility, weights, etc., for any relevant race.
(viii) For sales staged in Great Britain which sell horses in guineas sterling,
the purchase price will be converted to pounds sterling. This resulting
figure will then be used to determine eligibility, weights, etc., for any
||Buyer's Premium %
|Baden-Badener AG (BBAG)
|Fasig-Tipton Co. Inc
|Goffs Bloodstock Sales Ltd
|Goffs UK Ltd
|Goresbridge Horse Sales Ltd
|Keeneland Association Inc
|Ocala Breeders Sales Co. Inc
|Societa Gestione Aste (SGA)
|Tattersalls (Ireland) Ltd
||Ireland / Great Britain
|*Osarus Vente (Sales price of 15,000 Euros or below)