From 22 January 2018 breeders are required to notify The General Stud Book (GB) within 30 days of the birth (day 1 being the date of birth) of a foal born in Great Britain and bred for racing.
The objective of 30 Day Foal Notification is to enable the BHA to trace the welfare and whereabouts of foals before they arrive in a registered training yard. Information gained will improve transparency and traceability around the care that breeders and owners provide to thoroughbreds at all stages of their lives.
30 Day Foal Notification is completed first, followed by Foal Registration – both processes are completed on the Weatherby’s online portal.
If a 30 Day Foal Notification is completed outside of the 30 day period:
The Responsible Person must contact the BHA Anti-Doping Department as soon as possible in order for their circumstances to be considered. If the BHA decides that the foal will require testing following a late 30 Day Foal Notification, the BHA will require a certificate of analysis from a BHA-approved laboratory reporting no evidence of the presence or use of a substance or method prohibited at all times. A blood and hair sample will be collected by a BHA Veterinary Officer.
The Responsible Person must submit a Whereabouts Information Form (GB Bred Foal) for each relevant horse.
The foal will be eligible to race under the BHA Rules of Racing following (i) the receipt of a negative certificate of analysis from a BHA-approved laboratory; and (ii) registration of the horse with Weatherbys. A notification email will be sent to the responsible person and Weatherbys to inform them of the results of tests conducted and to inform them of the BHA’s decision.