- Article 1 -

Championship Institution

With reference to:

a) the Statute of the Mediterranean Horseracing Union, art. 3, that states among the Association specific missions the organisation of an annual competition named “Mediterranean Championship”;

b) the resolutions of the Mediterranean Horseracing Union Board regarding the Mediterranean Championship name, calendar and regulations;

the annual competition named “Mediterranean and Black Sea Jockeys Championship” is established, according to the enclosed calendar that is part and parcel of the present regulations.

- Article 2 -

Participating jockeys

The participating Countries are not obliged to organize a challenge to be inserted into the Championship circuit, but they can participate to it all the same with a representing professional jockey.

Each participant country assigns for each challenge its representing jockey, committing itself to select prestigious and experienced jockeys and to send, before the starting declaration, the forfeit list of the selected jockey at the racecourse seat of the Championship leg the jockey will take part.

 - Article 3 -

Participating countries

Each of the organizing Racecourse Societies commits to schedule, in the dates established by the enclosed calendar, a gallop race of which the specific conditions allow a jockey of each country participating in the Championship to run.

Any horseracing Organizations and any Countries not members of MHU – provided they are authorized by the Board to do so - may participate in the Mediterranean Jockeys Championship and organize competitions of the Championship.

The horseracing organizations mebmers of MHU that, within the day of deliberation of the Championship calendar, will not have paid their member fees for the current year and/or will not be on time with the instalment plan agreed with the Association for the settlement of the eventual outstanding member fees, will not be allowed to organize competitions of the Mediterranean and Black Sea Jockeys Championship.

- Article 4 -

Organisation of the legs

Each organizing Federation of a Mediterranean and Black Sea Jockeys Championship challenge will commit itself to provide the hotel accommodation and the ground services for the jockeys participating in the challenge and for the representatives designated by each of the associations participating in the challenge in the limit of 3 persons by each country.

In order to permit to the representatives of the countries who need a visa to reach their nation to obtain it per time, it will have to send the nominative invitations to the participants as well as the necessary documents to the consulates at least two months before the date of the race.

It will encourage the trainers to put their horses at the jockeys participating in the Championship challenge’s disposal, in order to permit them to race.

It will ensure the payment of the jockeys tariff in force in its country to the foreign jockeys participating in the race, though an agreement between the two National Horseracing Federations.

It will also commit itself to select as Championship race when possible a handicap race or, should this not be possible, a condition race or another appropriate race, with express exclusion of minimum and selling races.

According to its own National Regulations, it will furthermore commit itself to prepare the race selected to be a leg of the Championship with conditions having the purpose of:

- granting the equal level and a good standard of the horses that will be at the competitors disposal;

- performing a public drawing of the horses among the jockeys participating to the Championship at the presence of a Mediterranean Horseracing Union representative;

- having a number of horses as much as possible equal to the number of jockeys of the Championship participating in the leg, with a maximum surplus of 3 horses, except eventual exceptions due to the national Regulations of the various countries.

- allow for the presence of horses in reserve to be allocated to the jockeys participating in the championship in the event of withdrawal, subject to any exceptions resulting from national regulations of individual countries.

For each Championship leg, should a representative of the Mediterranean Horseracing Unione not be present to all the connected operations, the organizing Member will have to nominate a responsible clerk with the task of: 1) assisting to the public drawing of the horses making a video of it and communicating the starting declaration of the race in real time to the Union Technical Advisor; 2) checking that the participating jockeys and drivers have been officially appointed by the racing authority they represent in the race, have the forfeit list and the other requirements established by the regulations; 3) transmitting to the Technical Advisor, at the end of the race, the following documentation: official arrival order, forfeit lists of the participants and video recording of the horses drawing.

Article 5 -

Points and classification

During each of the challenges points will be given to the jockeys and to the countries in relation to the results of the race.

The results of the horses assigned to jockeys not participating in the championship are excluded from the classification for the points attribution.

At the end of the last leg of Championship a nations classification will be drafted.

The jockey having earned the most points among the representatives of the first classed country will be appointed Mediterranean and Black Sea Champion.

In case of æxequo the number of victories will be considered, then the number of best places and, should the æxequo persist, a drawing will be performed.

For each leg the points will be designated as follows in relation of the arrival order of the race:

a)   For the legs in 1 race: 10 points to the first, 8 to the second, 7 to the third, 6 to the fourth, 5 to the fifth, 4 to the sixth, 3 to the seventh, 1 point for each participant which does not place himself in the 7 first places. 

b)   For the legs in 2 races with different horses but with the same jockeys, the final amount of points will be the average of the points assigned to each jockey in the 2 races according to the scores indicated in point a).

In order to maintain a keen interest in the competition until its end, the points of the last leg will be doubled.