Rule 50 – Distance – qualification, Standard Long Distance, RST
i) A Greyhound to run in a Graded Race over a distance over which it has not run at that Racecourse within 12 weeks of the Race in question, shall first be given a Trial over that distance, except that;
a) any greyhound which has run in at least 4 Trials or Races in the previous 12 weeks, one of them within 29 days, over the Standard Distance at a Racecourse, may be entered for a race over the Sprint Distance, Standard “B” Distance or Standard Long Distance at that Racecourse without such a Trial or
b) any Greyhound which has run in at least 4 Trials or Races in the previous 12 weeks, one of them within 29 Days, over the Standard Long Distance at a Racecourse, may be entered for a Race over any longer distance at that Racecourse without such a Trial or
c) any greyhound which has run in at least 4 Trials or Races in the previous 12 weeks, one of them within 29 Days, over the four bend hurdle distance at a Racecourse, may be entered for a Race over any longer hurdle distance at that Racecourse without such a Trial.
In any instance the Racing Manager may insist on a qualifying trial for a distance over which that greyhound has not run at that Racecourse.
Where any Rule, or particular or condition of a Race, requires qualification over a certain distance, qualification over that distance on the flat or over a number of Hurdles shall be separate and no qualification for each other or for that distance over a different number of Hurdles.
A “no trial” or “no race” does not constitute a successfully completed Trial or Race for the purposes of this Rule.
The Sprint Distance, Standard Distance, Standard “B” Distance and Standard Long Distance shall be approved by the GBGB and such distances shall not be changed without their prior permission.
ii) Where a Greyhound, during the course of a Trial or Race over a distance which commences at the same starting position, reaches the winning line more than once, and provided that automatic or photo-timing equipment is used to record separately its time from the start to the winning line on the first circuit, that time may be shown in the Form Line as a qualification for that lesser distance in addition to the form for the full distance. Application of this Rule shall be recorded, in full detail, as a separate Form Line in Racecards, clearly marked ‘Relative Sectional Timing’ (RST). It shall not diminish the requirements of Rule 47 and Rule 48.
iii) A Greyhound shall have at least one satisfactory Hurdle Trial before being accepted for a Hurdle Race.