AUCTION RACES

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.

  1. The "specified sales" referred to above for these races in 2018 comprise the following:-
    1. 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.),
    2. As two years old at any sales administered by the above mentioned sales companies, up to and including May 31st, 2017 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.
    3. 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.

(N.B.   A differential sales price will be applied for qualification purposes for those horses sold as yearlings prior to July 1st of the relevant year. Please refer to the individual race conditions for details).

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 resubmitted 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 relevant race.

Sales Company Country Buyer's Premium %
Arqana France 6
Baden-Badener AG (BBAG)  Germany 6
Fasig-Tipton Co. Inc  USA 0
Goffs Bloodstock Sales Ltd  Ireland 6
Goffs UK Ltd    Great Britain 6
Goresbridge Horse Sales Ltd  Ireland 6
Keeneland Association Inc  USA 0
Ocala Breeders Sales Co. Inc  USA 0
*Osarus Vente France 6
Societa Gestione Aste (SGA)  Italy 5
Tattersalls Ltd    Great Britain 0
Tattersalls (Ireland) Ltd Ireland / Great Britain 6
*Osarus Vente (Sales price of 15,000 Euros or below) France 7

Qualification for Nursery Handicaps

Updated 2nd July 2018

 

 

Trainers are reminded of the following qualifications which will apply for all
Nursery Handicaps run in Great Britain:-


For Nursery Handicaps, a British trained horse must have run at least three times
in Flat races in Great Britain and/or Ireland up to and including the Saturday prior
to the closing date for the race. However, a horse which has run twice only
(winning both) in Flat races in Great Britain and/or Ireland up to and including the
Saturday prior to the closing date for the race may also be qualified, provided that
at least one of those wins was in Great Britain.


A foreign trained horse must have run at least three times in Flat races in Great
Britain up to and including the Saturday prior to the closing date for the race.
However, a horse which has run twice only (winning both) in Flat races in Great
Britain up to and including the Saturday prior to the closing date for the race is
also qualified. (See Rule (F)32 of the Rules of Racing).


The individual race conditions should be referred to in all cases to determine any
other race specific qualifications, particularly in respect of any qualifying rating
bands, which may apply.


If an unrated horse is entered in a race with a qualifying rating band and the
handicap rating subsequently allocated by the Handicapper is outside of the rating
band specified in the conditions

Racecourse Clearance Notifications (RCN's) and Official Handicap Ratings

Trainers should be aware that they now have the option to apply for an RCN on-line, via the New Racing Administration Site. This process not only dispenses with the need to complete a paper registration form but also allows for the transaction to be processed in real time with an automated approval notification being generated in the ’Receipts’ area of the NRAS Communication Hub. Trainers can find this option by simply selecting ’Trainer’ Menu and then ’Register RCNs’.


In addition, the official handicap ratings for the horses in a yard can also be found from the Trainer menu, under the "My Ratings" option. Selecting this option will prompt a printable listing of all horses in the yard that have a current rating (with the latest amendment change in brackets). This listing is updated every Tuesday.

Race Qualification Enquiries

Owners and trainers with any qualification enquires, should contact the BHA Racing Department (0207 152 0050) , rather than the Racing Calendar Office at Weatherbys.