Amendments to National Racing Rules and Policies

Wednesday 8 December 2010

A review of the National Racing Rules (NRR) and policies occurs each year, with any recommendations, where deemed appropriate, adopted by the GA Board.

The application of NRR and policies provides for greater uniformity throughout Australasia and minimises the need for local rules. In this regard, the integrity of greyhound racing is dependent on NRR to ensure consistency for participants and Controlling Bodies.

Accordingly, Greyhounds Australasia (GA) today announced amendments to the National Racing Rules (NRR) and policies effective from 1 January 2011.

These amendments were adopted after consultation with the National Chief Stewards, the Australian Greyhound Racing Association, the Australian Greyhound Veterinary Association and the GA Rules Sub Committee.

The most significant amendments are:

  • Inclusion of rules to support the introduction of micro-chipping for all pups born on or after 1 January 2011
  • Inclusion of R79A Out of Competition Testing, previously adopted as a local rule by Greyhound Racing New South Wales and Greyhound Racing Victoria
  • Amendments to R80 Testing/swabbing procedure
  • Amendments to R106 Proper care of greyhounds
  • Amendments to R128 Service – type, restrictions and quotas
  • Amendments to R132 Breeding unit collection and registration Inclusion of a National Sire Registrations Policy

Regarding the Sire Registrations policy, it will be administered by GA on behalf of Controlling Bodies. The rationale behind the change is to address issues associated with the code’s dual system, such as participant confusion with dual sire registration fees and forms, jurisdiction confusion regarding reciprocation status where sires move between borders, and elimination of the practice of owners moving sires interstate to try and avoid registration fees.

The National Sire Registration fee is to be a life time fee increased progressively over the next three years, namely:

  • Effective 1 January 2011 = $600
  • Effective 1 January 2012 = $800
  • Effective 1 January 2013 = $1,000

With regard to sires registered prior to 1 January 2011, any sire that is registered prior to this date will be grandfathered to life time registration.

In noting the changes, it must be recognised that respective State and Territorial Legislation pertaining to individual jurisdictions may prevent the total adoption of all of the NRR and policies. In these cases, individual jurisdictions will adopt Local Rules to provide for such legislative requirements which shall take precedence.

Participants are reminded of their obligation to keep abreast of rule and policy changes, and are advised to contact GA or their respective Controlling Body if they have any questions.

For further detail regarding the changes please click here 

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PH: 03 9548 3500

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