Amendments to the Rules of Racing – Application of ice pre-race, on raceday in the racecourse stables; effective from 2 April 2018.
The application of ice has a short-term analgesic (pain-killing) effect in the horse. The following amendment to the Rules of Racing will prevent the icing of horses pre-race in the racecourse stables on raceday.
Addition to Rule (C)33. Restrictions applying in relation to a horse whilst on racecourse property
33.8 It is not permissible to stand a horse in ice or iced water, nor is it permissible to apply a cooling device to any part of the horse (including ice boots or bandages, or ice bags), unless a Veterinary Officer grants a special dispensation. The use of such treatments is permitted post-race, or following withdrawal from a race.