The British Horseracing Authority have released their rules specific to eligibility to run in British Hunter Chases in 2017 which will have particular interest for Irish connections looking to run in some of the bigger races later in the spring.
Rules 41.5 and 41.6 (below) relate specifically to the eligibility of horses to run in a British Hunter Chase.
41.5 With regard to Hunters' Steeple Chases (run during 2017)
41.5.1 no race may be run before January 1st of any season,
41.5.2 the qualification in any race is limited to the particular period specified in the Hunters' Certificate, and
41.5.3 no horse may be entered for or start in a race if
126.96.36.199 in the period starting on November 1st, 2016, and ending on December 31st, 2016, it has run in any race apart from a Hunters' Steeple Chase which was run in Ireland, or
188.8.131.52 on or after May 30th, 2015, it has won a Class 1 or Class 2 steeple chase in Great Britain which was not confined to Amateur Riders, or any other steeple chase run outside Great Britain which was not confined to Amateur Riders and which in the opinion of the Authority is the equivalent of a Class 1 or Class 2 steeple chase, or
184.108.40.206 after September 30th, 2015 it has been placed first, second or third in a Grade 1 or Grade 2 steeple chase in Great Britain or Ireland or in any other steeple chase run outside Great Britain or Ireland which in the opinion of the Authority is the equivalent of a Grade 1 or Grade 2 steeple chase.
41.6 The dates specified in Paragraph 41.5.3 have effect in relation to any Hunter's Steeple Chase run in 2017.