The following abbreviations are used in the publication of the race conditions. These are located, where applicable, at the foot of each individual race and have the following meanings:-
"A" The Riders' allowances under paragraphs 52 – 54 of the Weights and Handicapping Code CANNOT be claimed.
"EBF" indicates a race which is confined to 'EBF eligible' horses.
"SS" indicates that the race will be started from Starting Stalls.
"FSL" indicates the limit on the field size which may need to be applied to a race in order to restrict the number of declared runners so as not to exceed the Stabling Capacity at the racecourse for the fixture.
The Field Size Limit will only be used to restrict the number of runners in a race below the Safety Factor/Maximum Figure when the number of declared horses for all races, including divisions, exceeds the Stabling Capacity for the fixture. The runners will be reduced by addressing each race in turn in a specified sequence order, until the total number of declared horses is no longer above the Stabling Capacity.
The provisional Field Size Limits published in the Races to Close section of The Racing Calendar and on the Racing Administration Internet Site may be subject to further revision at the entry/confirmation stage and at the declaration to run stage, once the final entry and declaration numbers are known, but in no circumstances will they exceed the Safety Factor/Maximum Figure for each race.
"HC" indicates a Steeple Chase confined to certified Hunters. The following qualification applies to all Hunters' Steeple Chases. Details of any variations or additional qualifications are added to individual races:- For horses which have been regularly hunted in Great Britain with any recognised pack of foxhounds, staghounds, harriers or draghounds during the current season and for which Master of Hounds certificates have been registered at the Racing Calendar Office, Weatherbys Ltd., Sanders Road, Wellingborough, Northants, NN8 4BX, by 12 Noon on the working day prior to closing in accordance with paragraphs 16 to 19 of the Running Requirements Code.
Note:- "No horse shall be qualified to be entered for or to start in Hunters' Steeple Chases that within 15 months prior to the start of the Hunters’ Steeple Chase Season it has won a Class 1 or Class 2 steeple chase in Great Britain which was not confined to Amateur Riders, or any other steeple chase run outside Great Britain which was not confined to Amateur Riders and which in the opinion of the Authority is the equivalent of a Class 1 or Class 2 steeple chase, or within 15 months prior to the start of the Hunters’ Steeple Chase Season it has been placed first, second or third in a Grade 1 or Grade 2 steeple chase in Great Britain or Ireland or in any other steeple chase run outside Great Britain or Ireland which in the opinion of the Authority is the equivalent of a Grade 1 or Grade 2 steeple chase (See paragraph 18 of the Running Requirements Code).
For the year 2020, the term "Novice" for Hunters' Steeple Chases is defined as a horse which has not won a Steeple Chase before June 1st 2019.
"SNC" (Sponsored Number Cloth) indicates Number Cloths to be carried in this race have been sponsored. These number cloths will carry the sponsors name/logo and must be carried by all horses running in the race. The sponsorship income will be divided in proportion to the number of horses which have started (as defined in the Rules of Racing), each horse's share being paid in accordance with paragraphs 24 to 27 of the Stakes and Prize Money Code.
"AC" (Attendants Clothing) indicates attendants' clothing branded, if race sponsor has an historic agreement to provide attendants' clothing, which overrides owners' sponsorship arrangements. In such circumstances attendants cannot refuse to wear the clothing provided.
"SF/MF" The Safety Factor/Maximum Figure number appearing underneath the conditions of the race is the greatest number of horses which can normally be started for that race, subject to the Field Size Limit, and above which Rules (I)9 and (I)10 will come into force, i.e. elimination or division will take place. The number is published for information only and may be subject to variation in accordance with the General Instructions.
At the declaration to run stage, if the number of horses remaining engaged in any race exceeds the Safety Factor/Maximum Figure, but is less than 18, the race will NOT be divided, and the number of horses will be reduced to the number permitted by the Safety Factor/Maximum Figure or the Field Size Limit, as appropriate, by elimination or ballot in accordance with the provisions of Rules (I)9 and (I)10, and the Race Administration Code.
The Stabling Capacity published at the head of each day's race programme indicates the total number of racecourse stables in the secure stable yard available to runners on a specified day, as notified by the Managing Executive of the Racecourse. The number is published for information only and may be subject to variation in accordance with the General Instructions. Unless otherwise directed by the British Horseracing Authority, the final total number of declared runners on any one day shall not exceed the Stabling Capacity.