Point-to-point riders must have a medical before riding in 2002 races

Routine medical examinations, which are a requirement for amateurs riding under rules, have been introduced for point-to-point riders in 2002.

Before receiving a rider’s certificate from the Jockey Club, riders in certain categories must be examined by their own GP, who will then have to complete a four-page medical form.

This will include allfirst-time applicants, regardless of age plus any rider aged 25 on 1 January 2002 or who reaches 25 before 30 June 2002. The ruling also applies to the age categories 30, 35 and 40. All riders over 40 will require an annual four-page medical and riders over 60 must have an exercise stress test in addition to the routine medical.

All riders must still complete the Self Declaration of Health form, but those who have undergone a medical to obtain an amateur rider’s permit will not require an additional examination to receive a point-to-point rider’s certificate.

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