Channel Islands Horseracing Authority

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2020 Fixtures

Cancellation of Racing in 2020

14 May 2020

In light of the Government's Safe-Exit Protocols and the inability to hold gatherings of more than 25 people when Level 1 is reached, the Jersey Race Club has requested that all of its fixtures in 2020 be cancelled. We agree with the Jersey Race Club that there is little prospect of Government permitting large public gatherings in the timeframe of the season and Government advice indicates an expectation that any sports which resume will be behind closed doors for a considerable period of time.

The Channel Islands are one of the few jurisdictions in the world that receive no public funding, whether through state ownership, grants or betting levies. Consequently, it is not financially viable for the Jersey Race Club to race behind closed doors.

The CIHA has therefore reluctantly agreed to this request pursuant to its powers under Rule (F) 10.3.1. of the Rules of Racing.

Coronavirus update

16 April 2020

In light of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, the Jersey Race Club has requested that its fixtures on Sunday 14 June and Friday 26 June be cancelled. 

The CIHA has acceded to this request pursuant to its powers under Rule (F) 10.3.1. of the Rules of Racing.

Equine Influenza - Vaccination Period

3 April 2020

The Channel Islands Horseracing Authority (CIHA) has today approved a proposal from its vets regarding the vaccination schedule for equine influenza in Channel Island trained racehorses. 

The move has been made in order to help trainers, owners and vets tackle the significant logistical challenges caused by the coronavirus pandemic, and provide clarity for all. 

During the remainder of 2020, for a horse to be eligible to compete in the Channel Islands it will be necessary to have received an approved equine influenza vaccination within a year, instead of the existing eight-month requirement.

Coronavirus update

28 March 2020

In light of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, the Jersey Race Club has requested that its fixtures on Sunday 10 May and Monday 25 May be cancelled. 

The CIHA has acceded to this request pursuant to its powers under Rule (F) 10.3.1. of the Rules of Racing. 

The Jersey Race Club has requested a replacement fixture on Sunday 13 September. The CIHA has (subject to the permission of the Bailiff) granted this request pursuant to its powers under Rule (F) 10.2. of the Rules of Racing and this date has been added to the Racing Calendar.  Details of the race programme for 13 September will be published in due course.   

16 March 2020

The CIHA has been liaising with other racing authorities across Europe in respect of the outbreak of coronavirus and has been keeping the Jersey Race Club up to date regarding developments across Europe. 

Notwithstanding that there are no restrictions in place yet in Jersey on public gatherings, it became clear over the course of the weekend that the direction of travel across Europe is such that there was no realistic prospect of the Jersey Race Club’s fixture on 13 April being able to go ahead. 

The CIHA therefore acceded to the request of the Jersey Race Club to cancel the Easter Monday fixture pursuant to its powers under Rule (F) 10.3.1. of the Rules of Racing. 

The CIHA will continue to monitor the position and will comply with whatever directions are issued by the States of Jersey regarding sporting events on the Island. 

Equine Strangles

3 February 2020

It has been confirmed on social media that there is another case of strangles in Jersey in a non-racing yard in the north west of the Island. As ever, we ask all trainers to observe strict bio-security measures at their yards. 

Rule Changes

2 January 2020

The changes to the Rules of Racing proposed in the consultation are now in effect. Further details can be found here.

Consultation on Rule Changes

21 October 2019

The Authority is launching a consultation into its proposed changes to the Rules of Racing for 2020. Details of the rule changes and how to comment can be found here.

Equine Influenza - Vaccination Period

30 September 2019

The Authority is granting an additional grace period of one month in respect of equine flu boosters for the remainder of 2019 meaning 9 months between boosters for practical purposes. The period will revert to 8 months on 1 January 2020.  

Equine Influenza - Vaccination Period

19 August 2019

The Authority has amended Rule (E)17 of the Rules of Racing  regarding the maximum time permitted between booster vaccinations for equine influenza. The period has been increased from 6 months to 8 months in line with the British Horseracing Authority.  

Clarification for UK Trainers entering horses to race in the Channel Islands

11th June 2019

The Channel Islands Horseracing Authority (the Authority) has received a number of requests from trainers based in the United Kingdom regarding the qualifications required for running a horse in the Islands.

If a trainer holds a ‘National Hunt Permit Licence’ or a ‘National Hunt Trainers Licence’ issued by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) then the CIHA will allow that trainer to enter dual purpose or flat horses to run at L’Ancresse or Les Landes Racecourse in flat races. 

BHA licensed flat trainers are not allowed to enter hurdle races. 

No Point-to-Point licensed trainers or jockeys may participate in racing in the islands. 

All jockeys must hold a recognised BHA licence. Amateur Riders must hold a Category B amateur riders permit and will not be allowed to ride if they only hold a Category A riders permit. 

Fully fledged professional flat jockeys are permitted to ride over hurdles. Apprentice jockeys are not. 

For any further clarification please contact the Registry Office. 

Jersey Race Club, Les Landes Racecourse

Monday 13 April - Cancelled

Sunday 10 May - Cancelled 

Monday 25 May - Cancelled

Sunday 14 June - Cancelled

Friday 26 June (evening) - Cancelled

Friday 10 July (evening) - Cancelled

Sunday 26 July- Cancelled

Sunday 16 August - Cancelled

Monday 31 August - Cancelled

Sunday 13 September - Cancelled

Guernsey Race Club, L'ancresse Racecourse 

No fixture in 2020