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New Rule Banning UK Pre-Dawn Gallops Starts Tomorrow

Tuesday, 6th November 2007

In the UK, the "exercising of horses on the gallops & canters in the dark in Newmarket will not be allowed from tomorrow, with trainers facing fines & even the prospect of being banned from the training grounds if the Jockey Club Estate rules are not adhered too," reported racingpost.co.uk. The directive was issued by the Jockey Club's Health & Safety Executive. The "possible dangers of horses moving around in the dark was illustrated by an accident on the horse crossing on the Bury Road in December last year when Sir Mark Prescott's head groom Colin Nutter was injured (& the horse he was riding Maunik fatally injured) after they were hit by a car". Jockey Club Estates managing director William Gittus commented: "As part of a Health & Safety review carried out over our entire business, it is considered by Jockey Club Estates & the vast majority of trainers that exercising horses in the dark on gallops & canters is dangerous. From November 7 trainers will be allowed on the horse walks & warm-up rings, but will not be allowed on any gallop or canter until 7am."

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