Tasmanian Racing & Licensing Information

ACCEPTANCES

  • Acceptances may only be lodged by Fax on 6336 2484 or by HarnessWeb. Preferences may be lodged by Fax on 6336 2484 or by brief (max 25 characters) note in ‘Nomination Comments’ if nominating by HarnessWeb.
  • If accepting by fax trainers should ensure their fax machine displays the correct time, date and ID facsimile number.
  • If using HarnessWeb all nominations should be checked by using the ‘My Noms’ icon and either printed out or saved to a folder on your computer.
  • By ensuring the above advice is followed disputes regarding nominations should be avoided.
 

TRIAL NOMINATIONS

How to nominate for trials

  • Nominations to be lodged with the Office of Racing Integrity either by fax nomination on 6336 2484 or by HarnessWeb. 
  • Telephone nominations will only be accepted if the horse is stood down from the weekends meeting immediately prior to the trial date.
  • It is preferable a driver be named on the nomination but it is not essential.
  • A horse’s Assessment Certificate (not a copy) must be presented to stewards to qualify or undergo any required inspection.

To determine the trial-code you need, just follow the step-by-step instructions below

Step by step instructions to compile a trial-code

Example

Write down the three letter club code

EHQ, CKQ, DVQ, BEQ NNQ……

Add the six figure date of trial meeting (ddmmyy)

EHQddmmyy

Add the two digit code from the list below

EHQddmmyy01

The end result is a complete trial-code for the trial of your choice. (Example Only- Ensure date of trial meeting used)

EHQddmmyy01

 

Purpose

Mobile Start

Standing Start

To Trial

EHQddmmyy01

Mob trial Hob

EHQddmmyy03

SS trial Hob

To Qualify

 (including ODM/ODS and Stewards trials)

EHQddmmyy02
Mob Q trial Hob

EHQddmmyy04

SS Q trial Hob 

Trial Nomination deadlines

  • Saturday and Monday trial nominations close on the previous Friday 12:00 noon
  • Wednesday trial nominations close on prior Monday 12:00 noon
  • These may vary to previous working day if a public holiday falls on the usual nomination day.
  • Please note late nominations will not be accepted.

 

FIELD SELECTION POINTS

1.Qualifying to Race

An un-raced horse must satisfy the Stewards of its manners and competitiveness in two satisfactory Qualifying Trials in order to race at a registered meeting and to gain Field Selection Points.

2.Field Selection Points

Horses which are “qualified to race” will be allocated field selection points in accordance with the following table:

  1. Field Selection Points Table:

Placing

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

Career

10

8

7

6

5

4

3

2

1

0

Restricted

8

7

6

5

4

3

2

1

0

0

 

  1. A bonus four points are added to a horse’s field selection points for Metropolitan Penalty races.
  2. When a horse qualifies to race it will be initially allocated a point score of 24   points (4 “gifted” starts x 6 points)

The point score of a newly qualified horse will then be calculated in the same manner as for a horse with a racing history, that is: by considering the horses last five performances and discarding the least points earning effort so that the total of the remaining four performances become the points score used in the Automatic Field Selection System.

 

BALLOT POINTS

Horses are to be given 4 points to add to their earned points for every meeting from which they miss a start due to being balloted or the race being deleted, unless they are transferred to another race or have accepted ‘Out of Class’ above their assessment. Once a horse gains a start in a race, the ballot points they had previously been given are deleted and the horse’s performance determines its points. Horses named as emergencies, which do not gain a start, are allocated 4 ballot points. In races where horses are selected in reverse points order ballot points accrued shall not apply.

 

DRIVER NOTIFICATION

If you do not have a driver engaged at the time of acceptances, you have until the deadline advertised in the Harness Racer to confirm a driver.

If nominated on more than one horse in a race a driver will be left on all horses in that race. Trainers must confirm the engagement with a driver and then advise the Office of Racing Integrity before the deadline.

A claiming concession will be applied if an eligible concession driver is nominated and the race is one in which a claim is permitted. If you have not confirmed a concession driver but would like a claim for one, you must specify it when accepting.  Once you have requested a driver concession, you must then engage an eligible concession driver for your horse. 

A trainer is allowed to drive another horse in a race if a horse from his own stable is using a novice driver claim to become eligible for the race.

 

COLOURS NOTIFICATION

If a trainer has multiple starters in one race colours preference must be advised by the driver change deadline or Racing Operations will allocate colours from those available.

 

RACE FIELD SELECTION

The Handicapper will make the final decision regarding the makeup of fields.

If a race is extended industry notification will be by SMS Text message and on the Office of Racing Integrity website www.racingintegrity.tas.gov.au

If a race condition is altered trainers of acceptors may withdraw without penalty subject to the following guidelines:

  1. If a new race is to be created from balloted acceptors or a two-year-old race is downgraded to a restricted penalty stake, eligible balloted horses or two-year-old acceptors will be automatically transferred to this race unless the Racing Office has been advised to the contrary by the trainer on the acceptance form or by email to operations@racingintegrity.tas.gov.au prior to acceptances closing.
  2. The only exceptions to this will be if a new race is for a restricted penalty or in a two-year-old race downgraded to a restricted penalty, Racing Operations will only attempt to contact the trainers of eligible horses who live outside of the telephone area code of the track where the meeting is to be held.   

 

SELECTION OF STARTERS

  1. Regular Races – After acceptances close, the horses for each race are sorted by points.  Should acceptances exceed the permissible number of starters, horses will be selected in points score order until a full field, including one emergency, is established.  Should there be two or more horses on the same number of points, with only one going into the race, the computer system will perform a ballot.  In advertised race conditions some field selections may alter from the above conditions.
  2. Restricted Races – Restricted Races not conducted as heats of a series, or made up from ballots of programmed races, will be selected from the lowest point score to the highest, unless otherwise notified in the race conditions.
  3. Manual Field Selection – Races advertised as “Manual Field Selection” will be selected by the Handicapping Panel. Manual Field Selection applies to all races with prize money of $15,000 or more.
  4. Field Selection Points – Points used for field selection will be those as at the original acceptance deadline for a meeting.

 

FIELD SIZES

Tasmanian Pacing Club

Mobile Start

12 Starters & 1 Emergency

 

Standing Start

14 Starters & 1 Emergency

 

 

 

Launceston Pacing Club

Mobile Start

12 Starters & 1 Emergency

 

Standing Start

14 Starters & 1 Emergency

 

 

 

Devonport Harness Racing Club

Mobile Start

10 Starters & 1 Emergency

 

Standing Start

12 Starters & 1 Emergency

 

HORSE ELIGIBILITY

  • If by winning or incurring such penalties that a horse becomes not eligible for a race in which it is an acceptor the trainer must clearly advise the Handicapper of any preferred options that may include scratching, moving to another race or, provided the race is one in which a  concession may be claimed, the engaging of a concession driver to keep the horse eligible, by 9:00 am on the day advertised for field release or the horse will be placed, as an original acceptor, at the discretion of the Handicapper.
  • It is a trainer’s responsibility to know when a horse has dropped back in class after 10 (ten) consecutive non winning performances and nominate accordingly. The Handicapper will only deal with the horse as it was nominated and normal handicapping policies shall apply.
  • A ‘Dead Heat’ for first placing shall not incur a handicapping penalty.

 

NON WINNERS RACES

If the stake money is $3000 or less winners of a restricted, career or metropolitan penalty race are ineligible.

If the stake money is $3001 or more, restricted penalty race winners are eligible, while career and metropolitan penalty race winners are ineligible.

 

EXTENDED RACES

When acceptances are extended horses accepted for any programmed race by the original acceptance time will be selected ahead of acceptances taken in the extended period, regardless of points or current form unless otherwise notified at the time of extending.

Points used for field selection will be those as at the original acceptance deadline for a meeting.

 

SCRATCHINGS OUTSIDE BUSINESS HOURS:

All scratchings outside of business hours must be lodged with the Office of Racing Integrity on 6777 1900 stating Club, Meeting Date, Race Number, Horse Name & number and reason for scratching, Licence Number and contact Phone Number. During business hours ring Racing Operations on 6777 1900.

  • A 10 day ban will be applied to a horse which is withdrawn after acceptances if AR31 is applicable. A 28 day ban will be applied to a horse which is withdrawn after acceptances or after scratching time on Race Day unless a veterinary certificate is lodged (Rule 31), or other documentation which satisfies the Stewards that the reason for the scratching is valid.
  • Horses scratched due to a Transfer/Sale will be stood down for 28 days which may be reduced to 10 days following lodgement of a notification of Transfer of Ownership form.

 

CLAIMING RACES

In order to be eligible to enter a horse in a claiming race, trainers must ensure that a correctly filled out Claiming Authority Form has been lodged with and accepted by the Office of Racing Integrity, prior to the close of acceptances for the race. Once accepted the claiming amount may be varied upwards in multiples of $1000 (including GST), from the minimum amount shown on the most current Claiming Authority Form lodged with the Office of Racing Integrity without the need to submit a new Claiming Authority Form.

If a claiming amount is not notified when accepting the minimum amount stated on the current Claiming Authority form will be used.

 

PREFERENCES

Trainers may accept for more than one race at a meeting.  Preferences must be clearly advised on the Fax Acceptance Form or on HarnessWeb by a brief (max 25 characters) message in “Nomination Comments”.  While preferences will be considered the handicapper may place a horse at his discretion to maximise race numbers or field sizes. If preferences are not advised by the closing time for acceptances the Handicapper will place the horse at his discretion. A horse with a preference (2nd) will be moved to that race rather than left as the emergency in its first preference.

 

IMPORT CLEARANCES 

A horse requiring a clearance must be fully cleared to Tasmania by the close of business on the final working day prior to the day on which acceptances close for any race they may wish to accept for.

 

STABLE RETURNS

  1. A Stable Return, with all sections correctly completed, must be lodged with the Office of Racing Integrity immediately a horse comes under the control of a trainer with the intention of preparing the horse to participate in racing.
  2. Any alteration to Stable Return details after accepting for a race must be lodged no later than close of business on the last working day prior to the race meeting.
  3. Trainers wishing to race or trial a horse must have a Stable Return processed by close of business on the last working day prior to the close of acceptances for the race or trial.

 

HORSES LEAVING A TRAINERS CARE

Trainers are required to advise the Office of Racing Integrity immediately upon a horse leaving their care.

 

GEAR AMENDMENTS

Gear amendments, if a horse is engaged to race, must be advised by 9am on the final working day prior to the meeting.

 

UNFULFILLED ENGAGEMENTS

Any horse engaged in a race yet to be run shall not gain a start in a race at another meeting if in doing so it deprives a start to a horse that does not have a pending engagement except in feature races with a stake of $15,000 or more or if waived in the race conditions. A restricted penalty race shall be ignored for the purpose of unfulfilled engagements unless for another restricted penalty race.

 

MARES CONCESSION

A Mare is entitled to a lift of one class in all races except 2YO and 3YO races, races for non winners, C0 front races, races based on LTE of $3000 or less, discretionary handicaps, free for all’s, classics, listed feature races with stakes of $15,000 or more, and mobile races combining more than three classes.

In mobile races combining three consecutive classes as the main condition that may also allow horses in from outside of those classes with Also Eligible clauses, a concession may be used for barrier draw purposes but only within the three main condition classes and not to become eligible for the race. For example, a concession claim may be used on a C5 horse to draw with the C4’s in a C4 – C6 race but a C7 horse could not use a concession to become eligible for the race nor could C7+ horses that may be also eligible for the race use a concession for the barrier draw.

A mare shall be entitled to a barrier draw concession of $1000 in claiming races.  For example, a $5000 claimer will draw with $4000 claimers but maintain a $5000 claiming price.  (May not be used with any other concession or for eligibility purposes.)

 

NOVICE DRIVER CONCESSIONS

A Novice Driver is entitled to a lift of one class in all races except 2YO and 3YO races, races for non winners, C0 front races, races based on LTE of $3000 or less, discretionary handicaps, free for all’s, classics, listed feature races with stakes of $15,000 or more, and to become eligible for mobile races combining more than three classes.

In mobile races combining three consecutive classes as the main condition that may also allow horses in from outside of those classes with Also Eligible clauses, a concession may be used for barrier draw purposes but only within the three main condition classes and not to become eligible for the race. For example, a concession claim may be used on a C5 horse to draw with the C4’s in a C4 – C6 race but a C7 horse could not use a concession to become eligible for the race nor could C7+ horses that may be also eligible for the race use a concession for the barrier draw

A claiming novice driver shall be entitled to a barrier draw concession of $1000 in claiming races. For example, a $5000 claimer will draw with $4000 claimers but maintain a $5000 claiming price. (May not be used with any other concession or for eligibility purposes.)

 

“OUT OF CLASS” RACING

  1. Where a horse is engaged to run “Out of Class”, for the purpose of the barrier draw, it will be deemed to have the assessment of the slowest front of the race - e.g.  a C2 accepting for a C4 & Better will be drawn with the C4’s.
  2. When a ballot is necessary to determine a field, horses racing above their assessment (Out of Class) and Also Eligible horses racing below their assessment shall be eliminated first.
  3. In any race advertised as an Open Discretionary or Open Free For All, with prize money of less than $15,000, pacers assessed C7 or Better will be selected first.
 

ALSO ELIGIBLE

Horses which are ‘Also Eligible’ for a race only if balloted from another race will be automatically transferred to the other race if balloted UNLESS they have already accepted for another race or the trainer has advised Racing Operations on the fax acceptance form, by Harness Web message or by email to operations@racingintegrity.tas.gov.au prior to the close of acceptances for the race in question that the horse is not to be transferred to the other race. 

 

GENERAL CONDITIONS FOR RACES CONDUCTED AS HEATS AND FINAL/CONSOLATION

  1. A race may be conducted as Heats and a Final and may have a non-compulsory Consolation/s.
  2. Heats and finals will be programmed to finish within 21 days of the first heats unless otherwise approved by the Controlling Body.
  3. Heats for a final must be completed prior to the acceptance deadline for the meeting at which the final is to be conducted.
  4. A horse that has qualified for a final shall not be eligible to compete in heats of another series that conclude with a final at the same meeting as the final for which the horse has already qualified. 
  5. Novice Driver and Mare concessions apply in Heats and a Final/Consolation, unless otherwise stated in the race conditions or it is a race in which concessions are not normally permitted.  If a novice driver concession is used in a Heat it must be used in a Final/Consolation.  If no novice driver concession is used in a Heat none may be claimed in a Final/Consolation.
  6. Horses competing in the Heats are deemed to be acceptors in the Final and will be liable for any penalties if scratched.
  7. If any qualified horse is scratched from a Final prior to the close of acceptances, the next qualified horse from the Heats will be the replacement and so on. It is the responsibility of the trainer to ascertain whether or not such a horse has qualified for the Final.
  8. The number of horses, selected in finishing order, to qualify from each Heat will depend upon the field limit for the Final and how many Heats are run.
  9. Qualifiers for Finals will retain their handicap in any other Heat and/or the Final/Consolation and unless the race conditions state otherwise shall not be penalised in any other Heat or the Final/Consolation for wins outside a Series between Acceptance time for the Heats and the running of the Final/Consolation. A horse which is OD in a heat or prelude may be placed back in the draw for subsequent heats and/or the final if so determined by the stewards.
  10. Horses may contest more than one Round of Heats unless otherwise stated in the race conditions.  Order of Preference in field selection will be as follows:
    1. Horses which have not contested a Heat.
    2. Horses which have not qualified for the Final.
    3. Horses which have qualified for the Final.
  11. If a horse that has already qualified for the Final contests another Heat, and again finishes in a qualifying position, the next placed horse from the same heat will be declared the qualifier and so on.
  12. Horses that qualify for a Final will not be permitted to start in any other race on the day the Final is scheduled, unless approved by the Controlling Body.
  13. Fields for Consolation races will be selected on finishing order in the Heats.
  14. The type of barrier draw applied in the Heats will also apply to the Final, unless otherwise approved by the Controlling Body.
  15. Where a horse contests a Heat and qualifies for the Final, the driver for the Final may be changed from the driver in the Heat.
  16. In the event of any Heat being abandoned after the declaration of Acceptances, the horse/s to qualify from that heat will be selected by points with ties being separated by random draw.
  17. In the event of there only being sufficient acceptors to conduct one race if heats have been programmed, a Prelude may be conducted.

 

GENERAL CONDITIONS FOR PRELUDES

  1. A prelude may be conducted in the following circumstances:
    1. If heats have been programmed, but there are only sufficient acceptors for one race. \
    2. As a lead in race to an Open class feature event with stake money for the final of $15,000 or more in order to exempt a predetermined number of finishers from ballot if subsequently nominated for the feature final.
    3. A Tasbred series race according to published conditions.
  2. Where a Prelude is conducted all horses must nominate for the Final or Feature Event whether competing in the Prelude or not. A horse which is OD in a heat or prelude may be placed back in the draw for subsequent heats and/or the final if so determined by the stewards.
  3. The barrier draw for a Prelude will be preferential based on assessment unless otherwise noted in the race conditions.
  4. A horse taking part in a prelude will retain its handicap for the final except in Open class races with a final stake of $15,000 or more that may be subject to a re-handicap.
  5. Horses participating in a prelude shall have preference in field selection for the final except in Open class races with a final stake of $15,000 or more where the final field is selected by the Handicapping Panel.

 

TASRACING – CLAIMING NOVICE DRIVER CONCESSIONS

A novice reinsperson (CND) is a licensed reinsperson who is eligible for a handicapping concession and, where applicable a concession in preferential barrier draws subject to the following provisions which may be varied from time to time by Tasracing.

 

CONDITIONS

  1. Only an endorsed CND will be eligible for a handicapping concession.
  2. CND’s are eligible for a concession until they have driven a career total of fifty (50) winning drives at licensed harness racing meetings or for seven (7) continuous years from the date of the first issue of a licence whichever shall occur first. The seven (7) year period shall apply regardless of any period of suspension, disqualification or similar disability imposed by the Stewards or the Controlling Body.
  3. CND’s aged 24 or younger at the start of a racing season are eligible for a concession until they have driven a career total of fifty (50) winning drives. The age limit of 24 or younger shall apply regardless of any period of suspension, disqualification or similar disability imposed by the Stewards or the Controlling Body.
  4. A racing season limit of 20 wins applies after which a CND concession is no longer applicable for the remainder of that season.
  5. Where a CND is injured, suffers an illness or other condition, and such matter prevents his/her active participation as a Driver for a period of greater than one month, then upon the receipt of a medical certificate from a medical practitioner in the relevant field of medicine confirming such status, the Stewards shall, upon application, extend the period of eligibility by an amount of time equal to the period lost due to the condition. In such circumstance, a medical certificate of clearance will be required prior to resuming active duty as a Driver, which the Stewards shall be guided by in determining, in their opinion, the period of the extension of time.
  6. A CND who is prevented from driving by virtue of rule 153, or who confirms in writing that as a result of pregnancy they wish to cease driving for an elected period of time, shall have that period of time added to their CND eligibility.
  7. A CND who does not renew their licence for a season, or who voluntarily relinquishes their licence for a period of time greater than six months for whatever reason, and resumes at some later stage, shall not have that period of time used in calculation of the expiration of CND eligibility.
  8. The horse to be driven by a CND is eligible for a 10 metre concession in standing start handicap events, and one class in mobile events unless otherwise stated in the conditions of the race.
  9. A CND is eligible to claim a concession in any race excluding 2 or 3 year old races, races for non-winners, discretionary handicapped races, free for alls, classics, listed feature events or races with a front slower than C1, or races based on life time earnings of $3000 or less.
  10. If at acceptance time a CND claim is affected then any subsequent replacement must be another approved CND.
  11. All CND’s are issued with a sheet to notify and record winning drives.  Every CND is to notify the stewards within 24 hours of driving a winner, or dead heat for first.  Failure to lodge this concession sheet with the Chairman of Stewards may result in the holder being fined, suspended or having their concession withdrawn.
  12. There is no penalty against the CND concession for dead heat wins.
  13. An interstate CND shall only be eligible for a claim if they are eligible for a claim in Tasmania.
  14. If a horse wins after acceptance time for a meeting thereby making it ineligible for a race in which it is accepted at the meeting, then provided that such race is one in which a CND concession may be claimed, a CND who is eligible to claim a CND concession may be engaged for, or substituted for, the engaged driver of such horse so that it remains eligible for the race.

This Licence may be withdrawn at any time by the Stewards for any breach of the rules or if at any time the Reinsperson’s sheet indicates that the driving performances are not of a sufficiently high standard.  Such reinsperson may be required to complete a number of trial drives at organised trials before becoming eligible to re-apply for a Novice Reinsperson’s Licence.

 

CONCESSIONS - RACES HANDICAPPED ON LIFE TIME EARNINGS

The horse driven by a CND will, for the purpose of handicapping for that particular race, be regarded as winning $2,000 less in stakes provided that at no time will the earnings of the horse be reduced to less than $3,001.

e.g. earnings:

$  4,050 with a Novice Reinsperson  $  3,001

$  6,000 with a Novice Reinsperson  $  4,000

$14,500 with a Novice Reinsperson  $12,500

 

APPLICATION FOR HARNESS LICENCE REQUIREMENTS 2015/2016

The below listed Tasracing licensing requirements must be read carefully prior to completing an application for licence.

COMPULSORY PERSONAL ACCIDENT INSURANCE IS COVERED IN ALL LICENCE FEES, SUCH COVER BEING LIMITED TO THE CONDITIONS OF THE POLICY. DRIVER’S LICENCE FEES ALSO INCLUDE A COMPONENT FOR DRIVER-TO-DRIVER LEGAL LIABILITY INSURANCE.  INFORMATION CAN BE FOUND ON THE HARNESS RACING AUSTRALIA WEBSITE AT www.harness.org.au/hra/hranational.htm or http://jlta.com.au/jdt/harnessracing/ or http://harnessracing.jltsport.com.au/

 

PART A - LICENSING REQUIREMENTS

GENERAL INFORMATION APPLICABLE TO ALL LICENCE CATEGORIES

  1. Applicants for each category of licence should obtain a copy of the Rules of Racing.
  2. All applicants will be issued with documentation to allow capture of a photograph for licence identification purposes.
  3. First time applicants, over the age of eighteen (18) years, applying to be licensed in any category of licence, other than trainer or driver are required to submit a Statutory Declaration with respect to personal criminal history information which will include details of any previous convictions, any matters which are currently before a Court of Law and any other offence which may be dealt with in a Court of Law.
  4. NATIONAL CRIMINAL HISTORY RECORD CHECK
    For persons over the age of eighteen (18) years a current National Criminal History Record Check must accompany an application for licence if –
    1. Applying to be licenced as a trainer or driver if not provided within two (2) years of the date of the application. (NB:  If the applicant holds a current harness driver’s licence a criminal history check will not be required as part of a trainer application.)
    2. Returning from a period of disqualification, if not provided within two (2) years of the date of the application.
    3. When the Director has reasonable cause to require any person to submit a criminal record check.

NB: For the purpose of item 4,if a Criminal History Report has not previously been provided within two (2) years of the date of the application, currency shall be defined as having a date of issue no more than 3 months previous to the application being lodged.

 

Where applicable the following units comprise the TASRACING SKILL SET (4 UNITS)

  • RGRCOMN001A – Comply with the Rules of Racing and other related protocols.
  • RGRPSH203A – Perform basic driving tasks.
  • RGRPSH201A – Handle Horses
  • RGRCM201A – OHS Procedures and Observe Environmental Work Practices

 

Trainers

Grade A and Grade B and Grade C Trainer’s licences are issued at the discretion of the Director of Racing to a person who must have: -

 

General Requirements (All Categories)

  • Attained the age of eighteen (18) years.
  • Lodged a completed application form with the prescribed fee.
  • Provided an Extract of Birth Certificate or other evidence of identity if a new applicant, if not previously submitted.
  • Submitted a current National Criminal Record Check if required.  (See above listed requirements)
  • For a licence renewal, submitted a Statement of Attainment for the Tasracing Skill Set (4 Units) or equivalent as approved by Tasracing if not previously provided.
  • For new applicants, completed the training and submitted a Statement of Attainment for the Tasracing Skill Set (4 Units) or equivalent as approved by Tasracing within six (6) months of being licensed.
  • Lodged a fully completed medical examination form completed by a Medical Practitioner showing appropriate fitness and every following five (5) years thereafter.
  • Had a successful interview with the Director of Racing. (New applicants, upgrades or other persons determined by the Director)
  • Suitable facilities for housing standardbred horses, which are subject to inspection and approval by the Stewards.

 

Trainer A Requirements

The holder of a Grade A Trainer licence may train any registered standardbred horse.

  • In the case of an upgrade to a Grade A Trainer must have -
    • Held a Grade B Trainer licence for the preceding 12 month period and during that time trained three (3) individual winners or demonstrated to the satisfaction of the Director of Racing a level of success commensurate with the number of horses that have been trained by the applicant. 
    • Submitted one (1) written reference from a currently licensed A Grade Trainer.

 

Trainer B Requirements

The holder of a Grade B Trainer licence may train any registered standardbred horse which that person owns or partly owns or which is owned by the person’s spouse, other domestic partner, parent, sibling or child, or any horse approved by the Controlling Body upon the written application of the person. 

  • Satisfactorily completed the Grade B Trainer’s Questionnaire
  • In the case of an applicant for a B Grade Trainer’s licence who has not been licensed as a trainer previously, the following additional requirements apply:

Must have been an active stablehand for the preceding twelve (12) month period and provide a written reference from the trainer they have been working for or from a currently licensed A or B Grade Trainer.

  • In the case of an applicant for a B Grade Trainer’s licence who has previously been licensed as a trainer in the harness industry but has not been licensed in any category during the last ten (10) years:

Must have been an active stablehand for the preceding six (6) month period and provide a written reference from the trainer they have been working for or from a currently licenced trainer.

 

Trainer C Requirements

The holder of a Grade C Trainer licence can break in, educate and exercise horses but cannot nominate a horse for races or trials.

  • Satisfactorily completed the Trainer’s Questionnaire
  • In the case of an applicant for a C Grade Trainer’s licence who has not been licensed as a trainer previously, the following additional requirements apply:

Must have been an active stablehand for the preceding six (6) months period and provided a written reference from the trainer they have been working for or a currently licensed trainer.

  • In the case of an applicant for a C Grade Trainer’s licence who has previously been licensed as a trainer in the harness industry but has not been licensed in any category during the last ten (10) years:

Must have been an active stablehand for the preceding three (3) months period and provided a written reference from the trainer they have been working for or a currently licensed trainer.

 

DRIVERS

Grade A Driver (Metropolitan)

The holder of a Grade A Driver licence may perform all stablehand duties and has the driving rights of both B and C Drivers and additionally is permitted to drive at metropolitan meetings.

Driver A applicants must have –

  • Held a Grade B Driver’s licence  and fulfilled at least two of the following:-
    • Grade B Drivers licence for not less than 18 months in the period directly preceding the application Minimum of 200 drives
    • Minimum of 30 Winning Drives

A Grade A Driver licence is issued at the discretion of the Director of Racing to a person who has:

  • Attained the age of sixteen (16) years.  (Parental consent required for applicants under the age of 18 years.)
  • Lodged a completed application form with the prescribed fee.
  • Provided an Extract of Birth Certificate or other evidence of identity, if not previously submitted.
  • Provided Emergency Medical and Next Of Kin information.
  • Submitted a current National Criminal Record Check if required.  (See above listed requirements)
  • Lodged a fully completed medical examination report completed by a Medical Practitioner showing appropriate fitness to drive.
  • For a licence renewal, submitted a Statement of Attainment for the Tasracing Skill Set (4 Units) or equivalent as approved by Tasracing if not previously provided.
  • For new applicants, completed the training and submitted a Statement of Attainment for the Tasracing Skill Set (4 Units) or equivalent as approved by Tasracing within six (6) months of being licensed.
  • Been approved to the satisfaction of the Stewards, and/or if deemed necessary attended an interview with the Director of Racing.

 

Grade B Driver (Country and Provincial)

The holder of a Grade B Licence may perform all stablehand duties, drive in trials, and is also licensed to drive in provincial and country meetings, including provincial and country meetings at metropolitan sites, but is not permitted to drive in races of a metropolitan class without prior permission.

Driver B applicants must have –

  • In the last 12 months completed a minimum of twenty (20) satisfactory trial drives, with a minimum of six (6) trial drives in standing starts, all of which must have been in fields of more than two (2) horses.  Furthermore, wherever possible, the last five (5) satisfactory drives are to be in the presence of an ORI full time Steward.
  • For King Island Resident Applicants Only who have been licensed as an active driving Stablehand for at least the preceding six (6) month period, completed a minimum of eight (8) satisfactory trial drives, including a minimum of three (3) trial drives in standing starts.
  • A full Grade B Driver licence may be granted to a person who obtained their licence under the King Island resident criteria once the person has completed at least 20 King Island race drives and meets any other requirements determined by Stewards.
  • Demonstrated competent use of whip and hopple shorteners.
  • Completed all driving related requirements to the satisfaction of Stewards.

A Grade B Driver licence is issued at the discretion of the Director of Racing to a person who has:-

  • Attained the age of sixteen (16) years.  (Parental consent required for applicants under the age of 18 years.)
  • Lodged a completed application form with the prescribed fee.
  • Provided an Extract of Birth Certificate or other evidence of identity, if not previously submitted.
  • Provided Emergency Medical and Next Of Kin information.
  • Submitted a current National Criminal Record Check if required.  (See above listed requirements)
  • Lodged a fully completed medical examination report completed by a Medical Practitioner showing appropriate fitness to drive.
  • For a licence renewal, submitted a Statement of Attainment for the Tasracing Skill Set (4 Units) or equivalent as approved by Tasracing if not previously provided.
  • For new applicants, completed the training and submitted a Statement of Attainment for the Tasracing Skill Set (4 Units) or equivalent as approved by Tasracing within six (6) months of being licensed.

 

Grade C Driver (Trials)

The holder of a Grade C Driver licence may perform all stablehand duties, drive at trials, and is permitted to carry out track work on registered tracks and to drive at any meeting to prepare a horse to race at that meeting other than during the horse’s immediate pre-race preliminary.

Driver C applicants must have –

  • Been licensed as an active driving Stablehand for the preceding twelve (12) month period and provided a satisfactory written reference from a trainer they have worked for confirming competence and knowledge.

A Grade C Driver licence is issued at the discretion of the Director of Racing to a person who has:

  • Attained the age of fifteen (15) years. (Parental consent required for applicants under the age of 18 years.)
  • Lodged a completed application form with the prescribed fee.
  • Provided a Birth Certificate or an extract of same or other evidence of identity, if not previously submitted.
  • Provided Emergency Medical and Next Of Kin information.
  • Submitted a current National Criminal Record Check if required.  (See above listed requirements)
  • Lodged a fully completed medical examination report completed by a Medical Practitioner showing appropriate fitness to drive.
  • For a licence renewal, submitted a Statement of Attainment for the Tasracing Skill Set (4 Units) or equivalent as approved by Tasracing if not previously provided.
  • For new applicants, completed the training and submitted a Statement of Attainment for the Tasracing Skill Set (4 Units) or equivalent as approved by Tasracing within six (6) months of being licensed.
  • Had a successful interview with the Director of Racing. (New applicants, upgrades or other persons determined by the Director)

 

Stablehand

The holder of a Stablehand licence may, under the supervision or instructions of a licensed A or B grade trainer, carry out trackwork, assist with his training, management, care and control of horses and assist with pre-race preparation of, and post race procedures affecting a horse.

A Stablehand licence is issued at the discretion of the Director of Racing to a person who has:-

  • Attained the age of fourteen (14) years.  (Parental consent required for applicants under the age of 18 years.)
  • Lodged a completed application form with the prescribed fee.
  • Lodged a fully completed medical examination report completed by a Medical Practitioner showing appropriate fitness if you wish to perform driving duties of any kind and every five (5) years thereafter.
  • Provided an Extract of Birth Certificate or other evidence of identity, if not previously submitted.
  • Provided a written reference from a licensed person.
  • Submitted a current National Criminal Record Check if required.  (See above listed requirements)
  • For a licence renewal, submitted a Statement of Attainment for the following units if not previously provided.
    • RGRPSH201A Handle Horses
    • RGRCMN201A Follow OHS procedures and observe environmental work practices
  • For new applicants, completed the training and submitted a Statement of Attainment for the following units within six (6) months of being licensed.
    • RGRPSH201A Handle Horses
    • RGRCMN201A Follow OHS procedures and observe environmental work practices
  • Been interviewed to the satisfaction of the Stewards.

 

International Applicants

Applicants who are not the holders of Australian citizenship must provide the following with their application in addition to the requirements of the particular licence:

  • Copy of passport.
  • Copy of Visa which indicates permission to work in Australia.
  • Clearance from the International Controlling Body where last licensed, which shows –
    • The licence/s held;
    • Offence history;
    • If applying for driving licence, performance record including number of winning drives.
  • Full medical examination report issued by an Australian Registered Medical Practitioner (if necessary for particular licence).

 

PART B – LICENSING PROCEDURES

The Director of Racing, considers all licence applications and may be assisted in that process by a Stipendiary Steward (preferably the Chairman of Stewards) and a Licensing & Registration representative.  The Director reserves the right to interview, in person, any applicant applying for either an initial licence or renewal.

The Director also reserves the right to interview-

  • any licensed person at any time who has been convicted in a court of law for a misdemeanour that, in the opinion of the Director, may prejudice the image of racing; or
  • a person who has been charged and found guilty by the Stewards of any offence that again, in the opinion of the Director, may be detrimental to the image of racing; or
  • any licensed person, upon the recommendation of Stewards or Licensing and Registration Officer.
  • All persons applying for a licence following the completion of a period of disqualification must appear, in person, for an interview before the Director.

 

NEW APPLICANT

  • Person who is applying for a licence of any category in Tasmania for the first time; or
  • Person who has been licensed previously in the harness code but not in the preceding season.

 

RENEWAL

  • Person who was licensed with the same category of licence in the preceding racing season.

 

LICENSING GUIDELINES

The following guidelines should be viewed as a general rule of thumb with each applicant being assessed on their individual merits with the Panel reserving the right to have any person appear before it.

 

Trainers:                              First time applicants or persons applying for upgrades are to be approved by the Director.

Drivers:                                First time applicants applying for an initial Driver’s licence to be approved by the Director.

                                                Applicants wishing to upgrade to A Grade Driver may need to attend for an interview with the Director.

                                                Applicants wishing to upgrade to B Grade Driver are to be approved by the Director on the recommendation of the Chairman of Stewards.

Stablehands:                      To be approved by the Director of Racing.

Renewals:                          All categories to be approved by the Director of Racing.

Interstate Applicants:         Each interstate applicant will be assessed on their merits given the licence held and experience obtained through the appropriate jurisdiction where the individual has been licensed.  

 

LICENSING REVIEW GUIDELINES

All licences are subject to review, at least on an annual basis, subject to the following guidelines:

  1. Participants who continually are found guilty of breaches of the Rules of Racing.
  2. Trainers whose horses are not presented in a manner in which public confidence can be guaranteed.
  3. Anyone whose actions are detrimental to the image of the industry and public perception.
  4. Participants who have a level of activity which is not commensurate with their licence category.

The above guidelines refer to all licences, whether they are a new applicant, an upgrade or a renewal.

 

Personal Information Protection Statement

You are providing personal information to the Office of Racing Integrity (ORI), which will manage that information in accordance with the Personal Information Protection Act 2004.  The personal information collected here will be used by ORI for the purpose of processing your application for a licence and/or registration and associated purposes, pursuant to the Racing Regulation Act 2004, associated legislation and the Rules of Racing as adopted by Tasracing from time to time.  Failure to provide this information may result in your application not being processed or records not being properly maintained.  ORI may also use the information for related purposes, or disclose it to third parties in circumstances allowed for by law.  You have the right to access your personal information by request to ORI and you may be charged a fee for this service.

 

FINE PAYMENT POLICY

  1. A fine notification is presented to the participant either at the time the fine is issued by stewards, or forwarded to the participant by mail.
  2. Once a fine notification has been issued, the participant is required under the Rules of Racing to pay the fine within the following time periods, unless the Director of Racing (DOR) determines otherwise:
    1. Thoroughbred (LR 21.10)              - 14 days of the issue of the fine
    2. Harness (AHHR 310)                     - 28 days of the issue of the fine
    3. Greyhound (GAR 96)                     - 14 days of the date upon notification of the penalty
  3. Within the specified period from the issue date detailed on fine notice, the participant must do one of the following:
    1. pay the fine in full; or
    2. apply to the DOR to pay the fine by instalments;
  1. If the participant is unable to pay their fine in full by the due date, or need more time to pay their fine they must apply to the DOR to pay by instalments:
    1. prior to the original due date of their fine payment; and 
    2. if a payment schedule is subsequently approved, pay the agreed instalments on time.
  1. A payment schedule will only be approved by the DOR under the following circumstances:
    1. there are reasonable circumstances that prevent the participant from paying their fine in full by the due date; and
    2. the amount of the individual fine imposed is more than $200; and
    3. the participant has not defaulted on payment of a previous fine; and/or
    4. the participant has not defaulted on a previous payment schedule.
  1. If a payment schedule is approved by the DOR, the amount of each instalment will be based on the following:
    1. total amount of outstanding fine/s; and
    2. minimum fortnightly instalments of 20% of the total outstanding amount; and
    3. the participant’s ability to pay.
  1. In the event a fine remains unpaid after the time period provided for under the Rules of Racing, and no contact has been made with the Office of Racing Integrity (ORI) as to reasons for non-payment or to arrange a payment schedule, the participant’s name is to be referred to the DOR with a recommendation they be immediately placed on the Forfeits/Defaulters List in accordance with the Rules of Racing.
  2. In circumstances where the participant has lodged an appeal with the Tasmanian Racing Appeal Board (TRAB) to have the conviction set aside or the penalty varied, and a stay of proceedings has been granted by the Chairman of the TRAB, the requirement to pay the fine is deferred until a decision is handed down by the TRAB. 
  3. In the event an appeal is dismissed and the imposition of the penalty (fine) is upheld, either in whole or in part, the participant must pay that fine within 14 days (thoroughbred and greyhound) or 28 days (harness), as applicable, of the date of the TRAB’s decision.
  4. As a courtesy, the Business & Corporate Manager (BCM) will send a reminder notice to the participant immediately following the expiration of the time periods referred to in paragraphs 2 and 9 above) and give them an additional 7 days to pay their fine in full.  No consideration will be given to permitting a participant to pay their fine by instalments if they have failed to contact ORI prior to the due date of their fine payment.
  5. Should a fine remain unpaid after this additional 7-day period, the BCM is to recommend to the DOR that the participant’s name be placed on the Forfeits/Defaulters List in accordance with the Rules of Racing.
  6. Once a participant’s name is placed on the Forfeits/Defaulters List by the DOR, they are considered a disqualified person and subject to the same disabilities and penalties as specified under the Rules of Racing. 
  7. The Licensing and Registration Officer is to notify all principal racing authorities and clubs of participants placed on the Forfeits/Defaulters List.
  8. Subject to paragraphs 15 and 16 below, the participant’s name is to remain on the Forfeits/Defaulters List until payment of the fine is made in full, plus an administration fee of $30 or 10% of the fine amount, whichever is the greater.
  9. To have their name removed from the Forfeits/Defaulters List, the participant must make a written application to the DOR.
  10. The removal of a participant’s name from the Forfeits/Defaulters List does not automatically occur upon payment of the outstanding amounts (fine and administration fee).  The DOR may require a participant to attend a meeting of the licensing panel before the DOR authorises the removal of the participant’s name from the Forfeits/Defaulters List.

 

TASMANIAN RACING APPEAL BOARD

INFORMATION BULLETIN

INTRODUCTION

The following information is an outline of the current processes and procedures of the Tasmanian Racing Appeal Board (TRAB).  Please note that this information is provided as a guide only and any person considering lodging an appeal should familiarise themselves with the relevant legislation.

  1. PURPOSE OF TRAB
    The TRAB is an independent body.  The purpose of the TRAB is to hear appeals by persons who are:
    1. aggrieved by a decision of the stewards to impose a fine on the person or impose a suspension or disqualification on the person or on a horse or greyhound owned, leased or trained by the person, or
    2. aggrieved by a decision of Tasracing or a registered club to issue the person with a warning-off notice, or
    3. aggrieved by a decision of Tasracing with regard to wagering operators approvals and conditions (refer Section 28A(2) of the Racing Regulation Act 2004, or
    4. aggrieved by a decision of the Director of Racing with regard to licensing matters (refer Section 28A(1) of the Racing Regulation Act 2004.

The operations of the TRAB are governed by Sections 23 – 34 inclusive of the Racing Regulation Act 2004.  Copies of the Racing Regulation Act 2004 may be obtained from www.thelaw.tas.gov.au.

 

  1. BOARD COMPOSITION
    Members of the TRAB are appointed by the Governor.  The current members are:

Chairperson:

Tom Cox

Deputy Chairpersons:

Kate Cuthbertson

 

Kate Brown

Members:

Graham Elliott

 

Sue Martin

 

Rod Lester

 

 

 

  1. ADVISERS TO THE TRAB

    Section 23(4A) of the Racing Regulation Act 2004 (“the Act”) states that “persons with experience in each code of racing are to be appointed by the Governor to attend hearings of the TRAB, when requested by TRAB, to provide advice on racing matters.”

    The appointees are:

    Thoroughbred:

    Chris Taylor

    Harness:

    David Arnott

    Greyhound:

    Robert Higgins

 

  1. APPEALS TO THE TRAB

    Section 29 the Act provides for persons to lodge a Notice and Grounds of Appeal Form with the TRAB following the imposition of a penalty by stewards, Tasracing, a club or the Director of Racing.

    An appeal cannot be made to the TRAB in respect of a stewards’ decision which alters the result of a horse race or greyhound race if the decision was made before the declaration of “correct weight” or “all clear”.

    In accordance with Section 34 of the Act after hearing an appeal the TRAB may affirm, vary or quash the decision that was the object of the appeal and must make an order regarding the disposal of the prescribed deposit lodged on appeal.

    Appeals before the TRAB shall be determined upon the evidence at the original hearing when the decision or finding appealed against was made, but, if the presiding member considers it to be proper, expert or other evidence may be required or admitted.

 

  1. APPEAL REPRESENTATION

    A party to an appeal may be represented by an Australian legal practitioner or any other person.

    The TRAB may appoint an Australian legal practitioner or other person with appropriate expertise or skills to help it conduct an appeal.

 

  1. TIME LIMIT FOR LODGING APPEALS

    Appeals must be lodged with Secretary of the TRAB as follows:

    1. in the case of a minor appeal, (a fine not exceeding $500 or a suspension for a period not exceeding 30 days) 7 days after the taking of the relevant decision; or
    2. in the case of any other appeal , 14 days after the taking of the relevant decision.
  1. STAY OF PROCEEDINGS

    The chairperson may suspend the operation of a penalty pending the hearing and determination of an appeal.

    The chairperson must not suspend the operation of a penalty if:

    1. the appeal is in relation to the penalty only; or
    2. the appeal is intended to be heard within 7 days of lodgement, unless the chairperson considers that extenuating circumstances require otherwise.

 

  1. SCHEDULING OF APPEALS

    The chairperson will make every endeavour to ensure that:

    1. a minor appeal is heard within 7 days of lodgement of the appeal; and
    2. any other appeal is heard within 21 days of the lodgement of the appeal.

 

  1. PROVISION OF INFORMATION FOR APPEALS

    The secretary will:

    1. give the parties to the appeal a copy of the notice of appeal,
    2. give the parties to the appeal, as soon as practicable, a copy of the transcript of the proceedings at which the decision that is the object of the appeal was made, and
    3. give the appellant, where applicable and as soon as practicable, a copy of the race patrol film relating to the matter that is the object of the appeal.

 

  1. CONDUCT OF HEARINGS

    In accordance with legislation an appeal is to be heard and determined upon the evidence presented at the stewards’ inquiry but the Board may inform itself on any matter and admit any evidence considered by the presiding member to be relevant. 

    The appellant will be required to give evidence in the first instance and call their witnesses.  The stewards then have an opportunity to respond.

 

  1. DEPOSIT

    Each appellant must lodge a deposit as follows:

    1. in the case of a minor appeal an amount of $200,
    2. in the case of an appeal under Section 28A, an amount of $200,
    3. in the case of any other appeal an amount of $500.

    The deposit shall be refunded in the following manner:

    • Appeal dismissed – not less than 50% withheld.
    • Penalty varied – not less than 25% withheld.
    • Appeal upheld – refunded in full.
    • Appeal withdrawn (with no application for a stay of proceedings) – refunded in full.
    • Appeal withdrawn (after an application for a stay of proceedings) – not less than 50% withheld.

 

  1. COSTS

    Each party to an appeal shall pay their own costs.  With respect to the provision of transcripts the appellant will be required to pay:

    1. not less than 50% of the cost if the appeal is dismissed,
    2. not less than 50% of the cost if the appeal is withdrawn or abandoned, and
    3. not less than 25% of the cost if the penalty is varied.

    Please note:  If the transcript is prepared in-house the cost is $4.40 per page.  If it is prepared by an outside party the cost will be as invoiced (usually between $25.00 and $40.00 per hour).

 

  1. APPEAL ABANDONMENT

    An appeal is not capable of being withdrawn or abandoned except by leave of the chairperson.

    An application for leave to withdraw or abandon an appeal is to be made on the appropriate form and lodged with the secretary.

 

  1. APPEAL VENUE

    Appeals are conducted at a place and time determined by the TRAB.  Most hearings are conducted at Level 2, Henty House, 1 Civic Square, Launceston.

 

  1. TRAB ADDRESS

    Appeals should be directed to the Secretary, Tasmanian Racing Appeal Board:

     

    P O Box 821

    LAUNCESTON  TAS  7250

    Level 2

    Henty House, 1 Civic Square

    LAUNCESTON  TAS  7250

    Tel: (03) 6777 1904

    Fax: (03) 6334 9528

    Email: TRAB@racing.tas.gov.au