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International Rule Harmonisation Moves Closer

Wednesday, 16th December 2009

In an important step forward towards the “international harmonisation of raceday rules, notably those relating to interference,” is a step closer, according to racingpost.com. This follows a “working group put together by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities” during the Hong Kong International race meeting held last weekend. With global totalisator comingling a high growth area, finding common ground is important for international punters (and connections of horses). The major sticking point in finding agreement is France’s policy of demoting a horse which causes interference to finish behind the horse which was interfered with; in theory that could take a horse that wins but causes interference to another runner that subsequently finishes tailed off, to last place. “The working group's chairman, top South African administrator Rob De Kock, reported on Monday: "I think France is beginning to melt the ice. Their officials are starting to realise they need to make a move... I was really encouraged by this weekend's meeting. For the first time it looked as people were prepared to shift their position."

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