Registrar of Racehorses

A division of Racing Australia responsible for the registration and naming of thoroughbred racehorses nationally.

A horse in Australia must be registered with the Registrar of Racehorses (ROR) before it can commence its racing or breeding career.
The ROR is responsible for the naming and registration of thoroughbred racehorses nationally, including overseas bred horses imported into Australia for racing purposes. During the registration process the horse is officially named and details regarding ownership and identity are recorded.

The ROR plays a critical role in the racing industry, and one that is controlled by the Australia Rules of Racing. The ROR adheres to strict naming guidelines to ensure fairness to owners in the naming process; and whilst the ROR aims to meet an applicant's first choice of name, the ROR's final decision is discretionary.

The ROR is responsible for:

  • the original registration and naming of all thoroughbred horses, around 13,800 per year
  • issuing duplicate racing papers in the event they are lost
  • providing an identification service that can be used to find the identity of older horses who have not been micro chipped
  • additional transactions or disputes that may arise

These functions are considered national transactions.

In addition, each Principal Racing Authority (PRA) employs one Deputy Registrar. This Deputy Registrar is responsible for:

  • subsequent changes in ownership (Transfer or Lease) of horses based in their respective states
  • registration of colours
  • registration of Syndicates of owners
  • the regulation of licensed promoters (Syndicators)

These services can be described as state transactions.

The combination of national and state transactional data forms complete the Registrar of Racehorses' database.