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QRIC Notice: Lay Betting

Commission reminds connections that lay betting is a breach in all three codes of racing

The Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) is warning all racing participants that lay betting is a breach of the rules, for all connections including owners.

The warning comes after several recent investigations into lay betting were opened by stewards.

Each of the three codes of racing has rules against betting on racing animals to lose if you have a connection to that animal. 

In thoroughbred and harness racing, the rule also extends to ‘place lay betting’, or betting on a horse to place rather than win.  

In greyhound racing, the rules state that if you are directly involved or employed in the nomination, training or care of a greyhound, or if you have provided a service connected to a greyhound within 21 days prior to an event, you cannot place a lay bet on the greyhound.

Thoroughbred rules

QRIC Chief thoroughbred steward Josh Adams said the Commission is concerned about reports of owners lay betting against a horse in which they were connected. 

"Under no circumstances are the connections of a thoroughbred racehorse permitted to lay a horse in their care and or ownership," he said.

"If connections breach AR 237 they may be penalised by QRIC Stewards. See the Thoroughbred rule here.

AR 237 Prohibition on persons laying horses

(1) A trainer must not lay any horse that is either under the trainer’s care, control, or supervision, or has been at any time in the preceding 21 days.

(2) A person employed by a trainer in connection with the training or care of horses must not lay any horse under the care, control or supervision of the trainer for whom the person is or was employed while employed and for a period of 21 days after ceasing to be employed.

(3) An owner or nominator must not lay any horse that is or may be entered by that owner or nominator or on that person’s behalf, provided that a bookmaker may lay a horse in accordance with the bookmaker’s licence.

(4) A rider’s agent must not lay any horse to be ridden by a rider for whom that person is an agent.

(5) A person who has provided a service/s connected with the keeping, training or racing of a horse must not lay that horse within 21 days of last providing that service.

(6) A person must not offer an inducement to a participant in racing with the intention of profiting from a horse not participating in an event to the best of its ability.

(7) In circumstances where it is a breach of this rule for a person to lay a horse, it is also a breach of this rule for that person to: (a) have a horse laid on his or her behalf; or (b) receive any money or other valuable consideration in any way connected with the laying of the horse by another person.


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