Handicapping Policy

HANDICAPPING POLICY SELANGOR TURF CLUB

 

The aim of this policy is to provide general information that will give a guide as to what weight and or ratings horses may receive in relationship to their racecourse performances.

 

The Selangor Turf Club has also introduced a Template which allows the user to see what weight a horse may achieve in certain classes of races. It must be noted that there is a minimum top weight requirement of 58.0kg and as such there will be occasions where the strength of nomination dictates a rise in weights.

 

The Handicapping Principles applied will be internationally recognised as used within Australia and within Malaysia. The standard races will apply a sequential system using 1 point to refer to 0.5kg.

 

There are additional race types programmed that utilise banding of ratings together, these races provide a good spread of weights yet reflective of their overall form.

 

Race types using banded ratings: Feature Set Weight races, All Metro races.  

 

Any rating changes made on race days will be keyed into the RIS system on the day of the race meeting.

CLASS STRUCTURE

Class 1             -          80 and above

 

Metro A          -           71 and above

 

Class 2             -          71 – 89

 

Metro B           -           55 – 88

 

Metro C           -           44 - 85

 

Class 3             -          57 – 74

 

Class 4             -          44 – 61

 

Metro D          -           22 - 56

 

Class 5 -                      43 and below

 

Restricted Maiden – races for 2yo and 3yo horses who have not yet won a race

 

Premium races – Races for 2yo and 3yo OR 3yo and 4yo for horse with no more than 2 wins.

 

At the Selangor Turf Club Minimum Top weight for handicap races is 58.0kg

 

 

WIN PENALTY - Guideline only

 

An average win may be given an additional 5 or 6 points.

 

Some Factors which may increase or vary average penalty

 

1.      Margin to second horse

2.      Strength of win

3.      State of track

4.      Lightly raced

5.      Back to Back winners

6.      Recent wins and overall form

7.      Age of the horse

8.      Distance of the race

9.      Group winners

10.  Any overweight carried

11.  Strength of opposition and or thinness of field (small number of runners)

12.  Type of race win

 

These are just some considerations taken by The Panel of Handicappers when reviewing ratings of winning horses.

 

In the instance of outstanding performances the Panel of Handicappers reserves the right to award additional rating points as it sees fit, refer to above considerations.

 

The Handicapping Policy is of a general nature and cannot be used as a definitive guide to changes in rating on every occasion. Discretionary Handicapping dictates that discretion may be used when deciding on the strength or merit of any performance.

Apprentice Claims and overweight

 

Any Apprentice claim is not taken into consideration as any claim reflects the Apprentice experience. When any jockey carries overweight (more than the horse’s allocated weight) any additional weight maybe taken into consideration.

 

 

Placed Horses

 

2nd may normally receive 0.5kg or 1kg

3rd may receive 0kg or 0.5kg

 

There may be circumstances where greater changes occur i.e. Group placing for a lower rated horse. Any jockey carrying overweight may be taken into consideration.

 

No horse will be promoted into a higher class when placed 2nd or 3rd in a lower class. This means when you have reached the highest rating for a class and place, you will remain the same rating (for placed horses).

 

 

Unplaced runs

 

Horses running unplaced are generally eligible for rating reductions. In some circumstances horses running 4th and sometimes 5th, or horses that finish close to the winner may have no reduction, depending on margins. The other horses may expect to reduce 1 to 2 points and in some instances more.

 

 

 

Below are some circumstances which may affect any weight relief of unplaced horses

 

1.         Last start winner.

2.         Long time spell ( 1year) when resuming.

3.         6 months or less spell when resuming.

4.         Newcomers to Selangor or Malaysia regardless of previous starts.

5.         Under scale horses

6.         Horses running in unsuitable distances.

7.         Strength of race

8.         After Review of the Stewards Report - Not Striding out / lame / Respiratory Distress / Corrective Surgery / Saddle Slipped / Left at Barrier / Any Steward inquiry into riding  / Did Not Act in the Going / in race incidents.

 

Above are just some of the considerations taken by Handicappers when reviewing ratings of unplaced horses.

 

 

Rating changes in set weight races

 

In Feature Set Weight, All Metro races and other Set Weight races one cannot always expect that adjustments after any particular race will necessarily be in a manner that will have each horse meeting other runners that finishes in front of him to be the same or better terms in a similar race. Rather the changes will be cumulative with the overall form history.

 

 

 

 

RM RACES W.F.A. (2yo’s and 3yo’s)   - 57.0kg Minimum top weight (SLTC)

 

Guidelines – After first or second run

 

1st        50/51 rating if a winner after first or second start.

 

All horses are rated after their second run (unless a winner at the first start) which then allows them to run under handicap conditions. Ratings given will be based on both race starts, the usual considerations will be given in regard to those runs.

 

Any win for a lower rated horse will have a discretionary reassessment, usually no more than 9 points, as RM races are set weight

 

 

PREMIUM RACE

 

Conditions

For 3YO AND 4YO only with no more than 2 wins.

2 win penalty     -              +3kg

1 wins penalty   -              +1.5kg

This race is a terms and condition race and as such 3yo without a rating may nominate and race.

Base Weights

               January-March        April – May         June – July    August – October     November – December

4YO                        55                           55                           55                           55                                           55

3YO SH                 53.5                        54                           54.5                        51.5                                        52.5

3YO NH                51.5                        52.5                        53.5                        54                                           54.5

Fillies / Mares Allowance – 1.5kg

Minimum Top-weight 58kg

Note: The base weights are a reflection of the W.F.A. scale but provide for practical jockey weights.

 

 

 

2YO & 3YO PREMIUM RACE

For 2yo and 3yo horses with no more than 2 wins

Conditions

Base Weights

             January – March       April – May        June – July     August – October      November - December

3YO SH      55.0                           55.5                        56.0                                53.0                         54.0

2YO SH       50.0                            50.5                       51.0                           

3YO NH       53.0                            54.0                      55.0                                 55.5                            56.0

2YO NH                                                                         50.0                                50.5                            51.0

Fillies / Mares Allowance – 1.5kg                          Minimum Top-weight 58kg

Penalties

1 win + 1.5kg

2 win + 3kg

Note: The base weights are a reflection of the W.F.A. scale and provide for practical jockey weights

 

Metro Races – Set Weight

Conditions

Very similar to handicap races, the Metro methodology frames races using ratings as reference. For every continuous ascending 2 rating, it will be allocated the same weight. For the next 2 higher ratings, they will be allocated 0.5kg more than the preceding 2 ratings. This gives a good relativity with the individual ratings and also provide for expanded total nominations.

 

Metro A (Ratings 71+)

Metro A races are open to the horses rated 71 and above. The race is structured to provide 59.0kg top weight and 50.0kg minimum weight.

 

Riders’ allowances are not permitted.

 

These races will give a good spread of weights that are reflective of overall form and provide good opportunities for the jockeys.

 

Metro B   (55 – 88)

 

The Metro B will cover horses rated 55 to 92 and having a minimum top weight of 58kg

Riders Allowances Not Permitted.

 

Metro C    (44 – 85)      

 

The Metro C will cover horses rated 44 to 77 and have a minimum top weight of 58kg. Riders allowances Not Permitted.

 

Metro D    (22 – 56)

 

The Metro D will cover horses rated 22 – 56 and have a minimum top weight of 58kg. Riders Allowance Not Permitted.

 

See Racing Structure for weight details

 

 

 

 

 

 

W.F.A. RACES

 

W.F.A. races are races run under set weight conditions, the weights reflecting the age at any given distance range, time of year and sex of the nominations.

The scale for W.F.A. is an Internationally recognized scale in two parts one a Northern Hemisphere Scale and another Southern Hemisphere Scale.

 

When reviewing W.F.A. races winning horses that are highly rated and “well in at the weights” may have different reassessments to those who are lowly rated. Clearly when under the internationally recognized set weight provisions of the W.F.A. scale horse with better performances and higher rated horses meet the others on better terms than under handicap conditions.

 

 

See below the W.F.A. Scales for Northern Hemisphere bred horses and Southern hemisphere bred horses.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Standard Weight For Age Flat Races – Southern Hemisphere For horses foaled Northern Hemisphere Breeding Season

MONTH

 

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Distance

Age

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1000 Metres to

2

 

 

 

 

 

44

45

46

47

48

49

50

1200 Metres

3

50.5

51

52

52.5

53.5

54

54.5

55

55.5

56

56.5

57

 

4

57.5

57.5

57.5

57.5

57.5

57.5

57.5

57.5

57.5

57.5

57.5

57.5

 

5+

57.5

57.5

57.5

57.5

57.5

57.5

57.5

57.5

57.5

57.5

57.5

57.5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Over 1200

2

 

 

 

 

 

43

44

45

46

47

48

49

Metres

3

49.5

50

51

52

53

53.5

54.5

55

55.5

56

56.5

57

to 1400 Metres

4

57.5

57.5

57.5

58

58

58

58

58

58

58

58

58

 

5+

58

58

58

58

58

58

58

58

58

58

58

58

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Over 1400

2

 

 

 

 

 

42.5

43.5

44.5

45.5

46.5

47.5

48.5

Metres

3

49

49.5

50

51

52

53

54

55

55.5

56

56.5

57

to 1600 Metres

4

57.5

57.5

57.5

58

58

58

58

58

58

58

58

58

 

5+

58

58

58

58

58

58

58

58

58

58

58

58

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Over 1600

2

 

 

 

 

 

41.5

42.5

43.5

44.5

45.5

46.5

47.5

Metres

3

48

48.5

49

50

51

52

53

53.5

54.5

55.5

56

56.5

to 2000 Metres

4

57

57

57

57.5

57.5

57.5

58

58

58

58

58

58

 

5+

58

58

58

58

58

58

58

58

58

58

58

58

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Over 2000

3

47.5

48

48.5

49.5

50

51

52

53

53.5

54.5

55

56

Metres

4

56.5

56.5

56.5

57

57

57

57.5

57.5

57.5

58

58

58

to 2400 Metres

5+

58

58

58

58

58

58

58

58

58

58

58

58

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Over 2400

3

47

47.5

48

49

49.5

50.5

51.5

52.5

53

54

54.5

55

Metres

4

56.5

56.5

56.5

57

57

57

57.5

57.5

57.5

58

58

58

to 3200 Metres

5+

58.5

58.5

58.5

58.5

58.5

58.5

58.5

58.5

58.5

58.5

58.5

58.5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                           

The allowance for fillies and mares in Weight-For-Age and Set Weight races is fixed at 1.5kgs throughout the year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

STANDARD WEIGHT FOR AGE FOR FLAT RACES - SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE

   

 

            STANDARD WEIGHT FOR AGE FOR FLAT RACES – SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE

MONTH

 

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Distance

Age

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1000 Metres to

2

 

 

 

 

 

44

45

46

47

48

49

50

1200 Metres

3

50.5

51

52

52.5

53.5

54

54.5

55

55.5

56

56.5

57

 

4

57.5

57.5

57.5

57.5

57.5

57.5

57.5

57.5

57.5

57.5

57.5

57.5

 

5+

57.5

57.5

57.5

57.5

57.5

57.5

57.5

57.5

57.5

57.5

57.5

57.5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Over 1200

2

 

 

 

 

 

43

44

45

46

47

48

49

Metres

3

49.5

50

51

52

53

53.5

54.5

55

55.5

56

56.5

57

to 1400 Metres

4

57.5

57.5

57.5

58

58

58

58

58

58

58

58

58

 

5+

58

58

58

58

58

58

58

58

58

58

58

58

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Over 1400

2

 

 

 

 

 

42.5

43.5

44.5

45.5

46.5

47.5

48.5

Metres

3

49

49.5

50

51

52

53

54

55

55.5

56

56.5

57

to 1600 Metres

4

57.5

57.5

57.5

58

58

58

58

58

58

58

58

58

 

5+

58

58

58

58

58

58

58

58

58

58

58

58

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Over 1600

2

 

 

 

 

 

41.5

42.5

43.5

44.5

45.5

46.5

47.5

Metres

3

48

48.5

49

50

51

52

53

53.5

54.5

55.5

56

56.5

to 2000 Metres

4

57

57

57

57.5

57.5

57.5

58

58

58

58

58

58

 

5+

58

58

58

58

58

58

58

58

58

58

58

58

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Over 2000

3

47.5

48

48.5

49.5

50

51

52

53

53.5

54.5

55

56

Metres

4

56.5

56.5

56.5

57

57

57

57.5

57.5

57.5

58

58

58

to 2400 Metres

5+

58

58

58

58

58

58

58

58

58

58

58

58

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Over 2400

3

47

47.5

48

49

49.5

50.5

51.5

52.5

53

54

54.5

55

Metres

4

56.5

56.5

56.5

57

57

57

57.5

57.5

57.5

58

58

58

to 3200 Metres

5+

58.5

58.5

58.5

58.5

58.5

58.5

58.5

58.5

58.5

58.5

58.5

58.5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                           

The allowance for fillies and mares in Weight-For-Age and Set Weight races is fixed at 1.5kgs throughout the year.

 

 


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