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Consistent interference rules targeted.

Byline: Michael Clower

THE Turf Club has been having

discussions with the Jockey Club in a bid to reach uniformity on the rules governing interference during races, writes Michael Clower.

Turf Club senior steward Ray Rooney said: "We've held a number of meetings on this and agreed it is not acceptable for different rules to apply in relation to interference, and it is hoped a definitive announcement will be made shortly."

However, it is by no means certain that the two sides will reach agreement. Rooney implied that any rule changes were more likely to be made by the Jockey Club than by its Irish counterpart.

Furthermore, other Turf Club representatives at yesterday's press conference in Dublin spoke about the inflexible approach in the stewards' interpretation of the interference rules in Britain.

The Turf Club has appointed retired judge John Buckley and senior counsel Henry Bourke to act as legal assessors in appeals as so many trainers and jockeys are now legally represented. Buckley has also been asked to rewrite the Rule Book.

nTHE minimum weight in Flat races in Ireland will be upped by 2lb to 7st 12lb in October. The stewards also expect to increase the bottom weight - currently 9st 7lb - in jump races.
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Aug 21, 2002
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