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The Orders and Rules of Racing

SCHEDULES


Schedule 1 - Registration of horse names

1.1 The following names are not available for registration for a horse

1.1.1 subject to Paragraph 3, a name already registered in the register of horse names under Part 2;
1.1.2 subject to Paragraph 4, a name followed by one or more numbers;
1.1.3 a name on the International and Domestic Lists of Protected Names;
1.1.4 a name of more than 18 characters, including signs or spaces;
1.1.5 a name made up entirely of initials, or include figures, hyphens, full-stops, commas, signs, exclamation marks, inverted commas, forward or backward slash, colon and semi-colon;
1.1.6 a name that starts with a sign other than a letter;
1.1.7 a name containing more than seven syllables;
1.1.8 a name the pronunciation of which the Authority considers to be identical or unacceptably similar, to
1.1.8.1 a name that is on the International or Domestic Lists of Protected Names, or
1.1.8.2 a name that is already registered for a horse foaled in a year that is within 10 years of the year of foaling of the horse to which the application relates;
1.1.9 a name which the Authority considers
1.1.9.1 is suggestive or has a vulgar, obscene or insulting meaning,
1.1.9.2 is in poor taste,
1.1.9.3 may be offensive to religious, political or ethnic groups,
1.1.9.4 may otherwise cause offence,
1.1.9.5 may cause confusion in the administration of racing or betting, or
1.1.9.6 is the name of a well-known horse.

1.1.10 a name already registered to a sibling or parent of the horse in question;

1.2 For the purposes of Paragraph 1.1, the use of the definite or indefinite article does not constitute a different name.
2.1 The following names are available for registration for a horse if the conditions specified are met

2.1.1 the name of a public Person may be registered if the Person or his family have given permission;
2.1.2 a name which the Authority considers to be of commercial significance may be registered if appropriate permission has been obtained;
2.1.3 a name which the Authority considers to be that of a prominent company, product or trade name may be registered if
2.1.3.1 the written approval of the company or body associated with the name has been obtained, or
2.1.3.2 the Authority is satisfied that the name has an alternative meaning in common usage.

3.1 A name which has already been entered in the register of horse names shall become available for registration for a different horse at the end of the month of the relevant year during which it became available, as determined in accordance with Paragraphs 3.2 to 3.4.
3.2 Where the name was registered to a brood mare, the relevant year is whichever of the following first occurs

3.2.1 10 years after the mare's death,
3.2.2 10 years after the last recorded year in which the mare was covered or produced a foal, or
3.2.3 when the mare attains 30 years of age.

3.3 Where the name was registered to a stallion, the relevant year is whichever of the following first occurs

3.3.1 15 years after the stallion's death,
3.3.2 15 years after the last recorded year in which the stallion covered one or more mares, or
3.3.3 the year when the stallion attains 35 years of age.

3.4 Where the name was registered to any other horse, the relevant year is whichever of the following first occurs

3.4.1 5 years after the horse's death, or
3.4.2 the year when the horse attains 20 years of age.

3.5 An exception may be made where the name of a horse which has been reported dead and has not raced is sought for re-use by the same applicant.

4. Where a name is not available for a horse, a numeral may only be added to the name if
4.1 the horse was foaled in Great Britain, Ireland or the Channel Islands, and
4.2 it is not in the Stud Book maintained by the Stud Book Authority of Great Britain and Ireland.
5. If the same name is simultaneously claimed for two horses, the order of priority shall be determined by lot at The Racing Calendar Office.