Racing and Wagering Western Australia


To ensure the safety of riders and other industry participants, Racing and Wagering Thoroughbred Stewards impose a Senior Rider Embargo on horses that demonstrate unsatisfactory racing manners or that have poor pre –race or barrier manners with either a Jockey or Apprentice Jockey riding.

The assessment of such intractability will be undertaken by the Steward In Charge of the race meeting or trial together with other panel members and the trainer of such horse is then notified of the decision with the policy then brought to their attention.

A horse will be deemed to have performed in an unsatisfactory manner to the extent of having a Senior Rider Embargo placed on it if it does any / or a combination of any of the following behaviours:

  • Over-racing or excessive pulling
  • Hanging or lugging
  • Races erratically
  • Unruly pre-race manner
  • Proves difficult to ride in the preliminary, or post-race
  • Poor barrier / starting manner

Once the Senior Rider Embargo is loaded against any horse, it can only be ridden by a Jockey in trials and races until it is formally reconsidered and then lifted.

Given the important safety considerations involved, the following criteria must be met when an application is received for the embargo to be lifted:

  1. When a trainer believes the horse has improved and overcome the issue leading to the imposition of the embargo they must approach the Steward In Charge of the meeting where it is next racing to watch the horse with a view to requesting the Embargo to be lifted.
  2. The Steward In Charge is then to report back to the Chief Steward or Deputy Chief Steward and provide his recommendation as to whether the embargo should be lifted. The Chief Steward or Deputy Chief Steward will review the vision in consultation with the Jockey Coaches and a decision then made. The embargo must then be lifted prior to the Apprentice Jockey being named. Or,
  3. Where a trainer wishes to have the embargo removed prior to the above procedure, the request must be made to the Racing Department at the time of nominations. The Racing Department will then contact the Chief Steward or Deputy Chief Steward and / or the Manager Careers and Training who will consult with relevant parties, including at least one Jockey Coach, and the decision will then be relayed to the trainer prior to the declaration of final riders. The Embargo must be lifted prior to the Apprentice Jockey being named. Or,
  4. Where a Jockey is indisposed at a race meeting and there is no suitable senior rider available to replace that Jockey, the Steward In Charge may, at his or her discretion, (where possible discussing this with a Jockey Coach) permit a Senior Apprentice Jockey (in their final year of apprenticeship) who has either a 1.5kg or no claim to ride the horse in that race. The Steward In Charge is then required to advise the trainer of that horse immediately following the race as to whether the embargo should be lifted or remain in place. If the recommendation is for it to lifted, it will be noted in the Stewards Report and records amended accordingly.

The above process will ensure that there is rigorous procedure in place and consistency achieved in the removal of Senior Rider Embargos that will ensure the welfare of Apprentice Jockeys is promoted, the horses racing are given the best possible opportunity to race truly and all other riders are protected as much as possible from the possibility of the embargoed horse causing an incident.

Effective 28 May 2018