Flat races – How does the Starter actually start the race?

29 Apr 14

Once the Starter is satisfied that all horses and riders are ready, he/she will alert the riders and press the button on his rostrum to open the stalls and start the race. Some horses are loaded with blindfolds and it is the responsibility of riders to remove them before the race is started. In starting the race the starter also activates the official timing system, which enables the Judge to record the time taken for each horse to complete the race.