COVID-19 UPDATE
View Details

Racing overseas horses in Australia

The procedures that owners/trainers of overseas bred horses have to follow when they bring their horse to race in Australia differ, depending on how long the horse plans to reside in Australia, the year it was born and whether or not it already has a name. To ensure that you fill out all of the appropriate forms and follow the necessary procedures, please refer to the heading relevant to your horse/s.

Please note that In accordance with the Australian Rule of Racing AR.60 you must notify the local handicappers of your horse's form. This should include Total Starts, Date of Last Start and Total Prize money earned overseas.

Unnamed overseas horses

Import application
An import application must be submitted upon each entry in to Australia to the Australian Stud Book.
Click here to download in import application.

Horse identification
When the import application and fee is received, the ASB will send an identification kit to be completed by an ASB approved veterinarian.  Upon acceptance of satisfactory identification and receipt of the Stud Book Certificate of Exportation from the overseas authority, the horse will be eligible for registration. 

Application for Registration
Please select one of the below forms based on the number of owners with a share in the horse.  An owner can be a natural person, registered syndicate, company, firm or stud (to race in the ownership of a company, firm or stud, these entities must be registered as a syndicate with the PRA in the state in which the horse will race).

Named overseas horses – to be trained by an Australian Trainer

Import application
An import application must be submitted upon each entry in to Australia to the Australian Stud Book.
Click here to download in import application.

Horse identification
When the import application and fee is received, the ASB will send an identification kit to be completed by an ASB approved veterinarian.  Upon acceptance of satisfactory identification and receipt of the Stud Book Certificate of Exportation from the overseas authority, the horse will be eligible for registration. 

Application for Registration
Please select one of the below Registration forms based on the number of owners with a share in the horse.  An owner can be a natural person, registered syndicate, company, firm or stud (to race in the ownership of a company, firm or stud, these entities must be registered as a syndicate with the PRA in the state in which the horse will race).

If the current name is not available in Australia, a name change will need to apply.

Named overseas horses – to be trained by an Overseas Trainer

Import application
An import application must be submitted upon each entry in to Australia to the Australian Stud Book.
Click here to download in import application.

The person responsible for the horse in Australia needs to send a copy of the Registration Certificate or Passport, to the Registrar of Racehorses' office, to be endorsed as a temporary visitor for racing purposes.

Upon receipt of the Racing Clearance from the overseas authority together with prior racing form the identification details and past performances will be updated and the horse will be eligible for registration.

If the horse is transferred to an Australian trainer or retires to breeding in Australia, the temporary visa will be reverted to a permanent import and a DNA identification kit will be required to be completed.

Application for Temporary Registration
Please select one of the below Registration forms based on the number of owners with a share in the horse.  An owner can be a natural person, registered syndicate, company, firm or stud (to race in the ownership of a company, firm or stud, these entities must be registered as a syndicate with the PRA in the state in which the horse will race).

If the current name is not available in Australia, a name change will need to apply.

The person responsible for the horse in Australia needs to take a copy of the Registration Certificate or Passport, to either the Registrar of Racehorses' office or the relevant PRA, to be endorsed as a temporary visitor for racing by Racing Australia. If the horse is transferred to an Australian trainer or retires to breeding in Australia, the temporary visa will be reverted to a permanent import and a DNA identification kit will be required to be completed.

Application to Register a Horse for racing purposes

The most recent version of the Horse Registration application is dated 1 September 2015. From 1 September 2015 the Registrar will only accept Registration Forms using the most current version of the Registration Form dated 1 September 2015.

It is recommended that you read the Registrar's Naming Policy prior to submitting a name for approval.

Please select one of the following forms based on the number of owners with a share in the horse.

An owner can be a natural person, registered syndicate, company, firm or stud (to race in the ownership of a company, firm or stud, these entities must be registered as a syndicate with the PRA in the state in which the horse will race).

Please Note: An Additional Horse Fee applicable to registered syndicates with an interest in a horse (except if it is the first horse to be registered in the syndicate's name) is $40.  Please note that $20 from each registration fee is paid to the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation for the purposes of equine research.

To download the following PDF files please "Right-click" and "Save" to your local PC.

*Completed applications should be lodged, complete, 10 working days prior to the horse being nominated to trial or race.

Contacts

Registrar of Racehorses
Racing Australia

Phone: +61 2
8072 1900
Email:
registration@racingaustralia.horse
Web:
www.racingaustralia.horse

Australian Stud Book
Racing Australia
Phone: +61 2
8072 1900
Email:
studbook@racingaustralia.horse
Web:
www.racingaustralia.horse