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Ryan Attacks NSW Ratings-Based Handicapping

Monday, 17th March 2008

Trainer Gerald Ryan "has slammed the ratings-based grading system which is currently in place by Racing NSW," reported The Daily Telegraph. Ryan declared: "They are stupid! You ask any trainer & they will all say they are frustrating. I don't know anyone who likes them: all it does is make their (NSW Racing) job easier. There was nothing wrong with the old class system." Racing NSW racing manager Greg Rudolf "conceded the ratings system still needed refining through industry collaboration", but said a recent report "gave positive feedback to the new grading policy". Rudolf noted: "Racing NSW undertook a review which looked at the trial period of the ratings system & the statistics were encouraging. The ratings system allows us to be more flexible & vary the eligibility of our races. We understand that change often creates confusion & we will be holding seminars for trainers during the autumn so they can voice their opinions." However Ryan believes the ratings system "is beneficial for old out-of-form horses at the expense of up-and-coming younger horses", explaining: "It suits 7YO or 8YO horses, but what good is it for younger horses who get too much weight or are penalised for running 3rd or 4th?"

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