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21. No distance in a fourth heat.

22. A confirmed bet cannot be off but by mutual consent, except in the cases hereinafter mentioned.

23. Either of the betters may demand stakes to be made, and on refusal declare the bet to be void.

24. If a better be absent on the day of running, a public declararation of the bet may be made on the Course, and a demand whether any person will make stakes for the absent party, and if no person consent to do so, the bet may be declared void.

25. Bets agreed to be paid or received in London, or any other particular place, cannot be declared off on the Course.

26. If a match or sweepstakes be made for any particular day in any race-week, and the parties agree to change the day to any other in the same week, all bets must stand: but if the parties agree to run the race in a different week, all bets made before the alteration shall be void.

27. The person who lays the odds has a right to choose a horse or the field : when a person has chosen a horse, the field is what starts against him, but there is no field without one horse starts against him.

28. Bets and stakes made in guineas are paid in pounds.

29. If odds are laid without mentioning the horse before the race is over, the bet must be determined by the state of the odds at the time of making it.

30. Bets made in running are not determined till the plate is won, if that heat be not mentioned at the time of running.

31. A bet made after the heat is over, if the horse betted on does not start, is void.

32. Bets determined though the horse does not start, when the words “absolutely run or pay,” or “play or pay,” are made use of in betting.

33. Where horses run a dead heat for a sweepstakes or plate, and the parties agree to divide the stakes, such horses shall be liable to carry extra weight as winners : and all bets between such horses or between either of them and the field, must be settled by the money betted being put together and divided between the parties, in the same proportion as the stakes shall have been divided. If a bet be made on one of the horses that ran the dead heat against a horse that was beaten in the race, he who backed the horse that ran the dead heat wins half his bet. If the dead heat be the first event of a double bet, the bet shall be void.

34. Bets made on horses winning any number of races within the year shall be understood, however the expression may be varied, as meaning the year of our Lord.

35. Money given to have a bet laid shall not be returned, though the race be not run.

36. Matches and bets are void on the decease of either party before the match or bet is determined.

37. A horse walking over or receiving forfeit, except for a match, shall be deemed a winner.

38. An untried stallion or mare is one whose produce has never run in public.

39. A maiden horse or mare is one that has never won.

40. It being an established rule that no person can enter and run, either in his own name or in the name of any other person, two horses of which he is wholly or in part the owner, for any plate: and doubts having arisen as to the true definition of the word “plate," -the Stewards of the Jockey Club have decided that where a sum of money is given to be run for, without any stake being made by the owners of the horses (the entrance-money, whether given to the owner of the second horse, or applied to the Racing-fund, not being considered a stake) such prize shall be construed to be a plate. But where a stake is deposited by the owners of the horses, which is to go to the winner ; and an additional sum of money, or a cup, piece of plate, or other reward, is offered, as a prize to the winner, even though such addition shall be denominated a plate by the donor ;-such race shall be deemed and taken to be a sweepstakes, and not a plate.

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[NEWMARKET, 1st Nov. 1831.–At a meeting of the Stewards and Members of the Jockey Club, it was stated that much uncertainty had prevailed with regard to the operation of the rules and orders of the Jockey Club, and therefore it was thought proper to declare that they apply to all races run at, and engagements made for, Newmarket ONLY, the Jockey Club having no authority to extend their rules and orders to any other place, although they have, for the sake of greater uniformity and certainty, recommended the adoption of the same rules to the Stewards of other races.-And that the Stewards of the Jockey Club will not receive any references of disputes from any places except those at which the rules and regulations of Newmarket shall have been declared to be in force in the printed articles of those races.]

1. The former Rules and Orders of the Jockey Club were repealed from the 31st December, 1828, and the following Rules and Orders, with such additions and alterations as may from time to time be made therein, are substituted, and to be acted upon.

Respecting the Stewards. 2. The three Members of the Jockey Club now acting as Stewards shall be continued in their office till the next annual meeting of the Jockey Club, when the senior Steward (the one who has been the longest in office) shall quit his situation immediately after settling the accounts at that meeting, and shall then name a Member of the Jockey Club to succeed him, subject to the approbation of the remaining Stewards and of the Members of the Jockey Club then present ; and at every subsequent annual meet. ing the then senior Steward shall in like manner retire and name his successor.

3. If any difference of opinion shall arise on such nomination, it shall be decided by a majority of the members present ; which ma. jority must include one (at least) of the continuing Stewards ; if both the continuing Stewards are in the minority, then there shall be a fresh nomination.

4. If any of the Stewards shall die or resign between the periods of the annual meetings, the surviving or continuing Stewards may appoint a Member of the Club to succeed the deceased or declining Steward, and to stand in his place in point of seniority ; but such nomination shall be notified to the Club, at their next annual, or at any special meeting to be called for the purpose, and shall then be subject to the like approbation, as in the case of a senior Steward retiring at the expiration of his Stewardship.

When only one Steward is present, and neither of the absent Stewards shall have appointed a substitute, the Member of the Jockey Club present who has last served the office shall act ex officio.

5. All disputes relating to racing at Newmarket, if any of the parties interested should request the interference of the Stewards, shall be determined by the three Stewards and two referees (who shall be Members of the Club) one to be chosen by each of the parties concerned, if either of them shall desire to have referees. If only two Stewards be present, they shall fix upon a third person, being a Member of the Club, in lieu of the absent Steward ; but the Stewards, if they think fit, may call in any other Members of the Jockey Club to their assistance, or may refer the case to a general meeting of the Jockey Club, if the importance or difficulty of the matter in dispute shall appear to them to require it.

6. If any dispute arising elsewhere than at Newmarket shall be referred to the Stewards of the Jockey Club, and they shall think fit to take it into consideration, the matter must relate to Horseracing, the facts or points of difference be reduced into writing, and be sent by or with the sanction of the Stewards where the matter in question occurred, and the parties must agree in writing to abide by the decision of the Stewards of the Jockey Club.

7. The three Stewards, or any two of them, shall have full power to make such regulations as they may think proper in regard to the course and exercise ground.

8. The three Stewards shall have the power of appointing such person or persons as they may choose, to keep the Coffee-room, the Match-book, receive the stakes, and collect the entrance-money and all other funds belonging to the Jockey Club; and the Stewards shall be responsible to the Jockey Club for all the money collected as belonging to the Club. They shall also have the power to appoint the Judge of the Races, Clerk of the Course, or any other servants of the Club.

9. The Stewards shall fix the hour of starting for each race by nine o'clock in the evening preceding the day of running, and notice of the time of starting is to be fixed up in the Coffee-room immediately afterwards.

10. The Stewards shall produce an account of the funds and disbursements of the Jockey Club at the annual meeting in each year.

Respecting the Admission of New Members.

For the Jockey Club. 11. Ballots for the Jockey Club shall take place in the Craven, First Spring, Second October, and Houghton Meetings. The candidate to be proposed in a meeting previous to the ballot, or in case the ballot takes place in the Craven Meeting, that notice of his being a candidate shall be stated in the Sheet Calendar published next preceding that meeting, and also put up in the Coffee-room on the Monday in that meeting, and notice to be given in writing, and put up in the Coffee-room on what day the ballot will take place, at least one day before the time of balloting. Nine Members (at the least) shall ballot, and two black balls shall exclude.

For the New Rooms. 12. The ballot for members of the New Rooms may be in any of the seven established meetings at Newmarket. Each candidate must be proposed by a Member of the Jockey Club, and his Christian and Surname and usual place of abode, with the name of the member proposing him, put up in the Dining and Card-rooms, at Newmarket (or in such other place as the Stewards shall appoint) on the day preceding the ballot. The ballot shall be in the morning, between the hours of eleven and one ; or in the afternoon, between the hours of four and six. Members of the Jockey Club only shall be allowed to ballot. Nine members (at least) shall ballot, and two black balls shall exclude. If eighteen members ballot, there must be three black balls to exclude.

13. A member of any of the Clubs in St James's street, known by the names of White's, Brookes's, and Boodle's, may be admitted a member of the New Rooms without ballot, on paying the same sum for his admission, and the same subscription, as are required of members chosen by ballot.

For the Coffee-room. 14. The ballot for members of the Coffee-room shall be in the Coffee-room at Newmarket (or at such other place as the Stewards shall appoint) on any day in the present seven established Meetings,

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