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The Orders and Rules of Racing

PART 3 - THE START - (B)31 to (B)44


32. Method of start

32.1 Subject to Paragraph 32.3, all flat races must be started

32.1.1 from starting stalls of a design approved by the Authority, or
32.1.2 if starting stalls are not available, by a starting gate approved by the Authority.

32.2 Subject to Paragraph 32.3, all steeple chases, hurdle races and National Hunt Flat Races must be started

32.2.1 by a starting gate approved by the Authority, or
32.2.2 with special permission from the Authority, by flag.

32.3 In a case of emergency, any race may be started with a flag if

32.3.1 the Starter decides to do so, or
32.3.2 the permission of the Stewards is obtained.

32.4 In loading horses for races, the Starter may call upon additional assistance from other handlers if they are available and he considers it appropriate to do so.
32.5 Schedule 5 makes further provision about the use of starting stalls, starting gates and starting flags.