How can I register racing colours?

Date: Jan 20, 2016

Racing colours are highly visible and an important part of race day. However, like other legal processes, horse racing law can become complex.

To better understand the conditions and terms that govern racing colours, it is essential that you talk to an experienced lawyer, who can help guide you through the process.

What are the conditions of racing colours?

In horse racing, a jockey will wear the colours of their managing owners, the managing syndicate or the trainer. To register colours that will be worn by your horse, owners will need to lodge an application with the correct authority. In New South Wales, the Principal Racing Authority is Racing NSW.

Central to racing colour registration are Local Rules (LR) 101 and 102 set out in the Racing NSW's Rules of Racing. These set our a series of conditions that govern a range of situations and scenarios.

For instance, LR 101 says that any horse which competes within the Metropolitan Area must carry secondary colours registered by the nominator. Also, If two or more people present the same colour at the time of registration, the Committee of the club or the stewards will make a decision as to who will be able to use the colours.

Alongside Local Rules 101 and 102, someone will need to fulfil another series of requisites set out by Racing NSW. These include: 

  • Up to ten nominators can register the same colours and will have equal rights if all parties agree. 
  • Corporate logos will not be displayed. However, symbols that promote ownership or a syndicate will be reviewed by Racing NSW and judged on their merits.
  • Colours, except block colours, can be transferred to another owner if they apply to Racing NSW. 

Before you engage with New South Wales' horse racing, it is important to talk to an expert.

How do I lodge an application?

Registering racing colours is accomplished through Racing NSW's application process. 

When choosing your horse's racing colours, it is important to remember that they will be comprised of a jacket, cap and sleeve markings. Additionally, different colours and markings can be used for each piece of clothing. 

If you are a new applicant, you will need to pay an initial registration fee of $110 and your ownership will run until the next renewal date or 1 August of each year. 

After this, a subsequent renewal will cost $150 but will qualify your colours for five years - until July 31 of the renewal year. 

If you would like to find out more about the legislation that governs New South Wales horse racing, talk to Craddock Murray Neumann Lawyers today.