Horsemen's
Handbook
EQUIPMENT

1.

Whips & Spurs

All whips used in races and in training must be of a design which complies with the requirements of the Club’s Stipendiary Stewards. No spurs may be worn in races or in track work.

2.

Nasal Dilators, Drop Nosebands and Other Unspecified Equipment

Nasal Dilators and Drop Nosebands are not permitted to be used on horses racing in Hong Kong. Any other unspecified equipment may not be fitted to a runner without prior permission from the Executive Manager of the Department of Veterinary Regulation and/or the Stipendiary Stewards.

3.

Bandages

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Trainers must ensure that bandages fitted to horses’ legs are securely fastened for both racing and training. The use of cotton wool under bandaging is not permitted.

 

4.

Equipment

Blinkers, Hoods, Pacifiers, Visors, Sheepskin Nosebands/Shadow Rolls, Sheepskin Cheekpieces, Crossed Nose Bands and Tongue Ties, all of which must be of a design approved by the Stipendiary Stewards, must be registered on the declaration form and submitted before declarations close at 8:00 am on the Thursday preceding raceday.

Any items of approved tack/gear which is to be worn in the Parade Ring and on the way to the start, but not in the race, must be notified to the Stipendiary Stewards before declarations close at 8:00 am on the Thursday preceding raceday. Any item of approved tack/gear to be worn in these circumstances must have previously been approved to be worn by a Recognised Racing Authority.

 

5.

Leather reins are not permitted to be used in races or in track work.

6.

The Stipendiary Stewards, in conjunction with the Department of Veterinary Regulation (“DVR”), will conduct an examination of the equipment intended to be worn in races and/or in the Parade Ring by overseas runners in the week leading up to the International race meeting.