A Novice Flat race is a Flat race for 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 in Schedule (F)2 to the Rules of Racing.

For races run on or after July 9th, 2018, winning horses which have run in three or more Flat races will be excluded from Novice Flat races  open to three years old and upwards. Maiden horses which have run more than three times will be eligible to run in Novice Flat races and the programme for two-year-olds will remain unchanged. 

Note: For the avoidance of doubt, "Novice" for Flat races is as defined in the relevant race categories which make reference to Novice in the title.

Unless specified otherwise in the individual race conditions, the term "Novice" for Jump races shall be defined as follows for the 2019/2020 Season:

(i)

For Hurdle Races, is a horse which has not won a Hurdle Race before April 28th, 2019.

(ii)

For Steeple Chases, other than Hunters' Steeple Chases, is a horse which has not won a Steeple Chase before April 28th, 2019.

Any horse which wins a Hurdle Race or Steeple Chase for the first time from February 1st, 2020 until April 25th, 2020 (both dates inclusive) will be regarded as a "Novice" and eligible to run in Novice Hurdle Races or Novice Steeple Chases as the case may be until November 30th, 2020.

And as follows for the 2020/2021 Season:

(i)

For Hurdle Races, is a horse which has not won a Hurdle Race before April 26th, 2020.

(ii)

For Steeple Chases, other than Hunters' Steeple Chases, is a horse which has not won a Steeple Chase before April 26th, 2020.

Any horse which wins a Hurdle Race or Steeple Chase for the first time from March 1st, 2021 until April 24th, 2021 (both dates inclusive) will be regarded as a "Novice" and eligible to run in Novice Hurdle Races or Novice Steeple Chases as the case may be until October 31st, 2021.

HUNTERS' STEEPLE CHASES

For the year 2021, the term "Novice" for Hunters' Steeple Chases is defined as a horse which has not won a Steeple Chase before May 30th, 2020