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Handicapping & Programming Changes For NSW
Following extensive consultation with the NSW Trainer's Association, Racing NSW has announced the following handicapping and programming changes that will take effect immediately:
- Introduction of an 8kg weight spread in NSW Metropolitan races with a minimum weight of 53kgs and a top weight of 61kgs.
- A reduction of weights in all NSW non-feature races if there is no horse on the minimum weight in a particular race. For example, if the lowest weighted horse has been allocated 55kgs in a Metropolitan race it would be taken down to 53kgs and if the top weight in that race was allocated 61kgs this would be taken down to 59kgs. All weights in such circumstances would be taken down at declaration of weights and again at acceptance time until there is a horse on the minimum weight (subject to the minimum top weight requirements of the Australian Rules of Racing).
"There is no doubt that the greater spread of weights has worked in improving field sizes and the increase to a possible 8kg spread will provide even greater opportunity for competitive racing in the Metropolitan area compared to the previously compressed weight scale" Racing NSW CEO Peter V'landys said. An additional initiative aimed at increasing the competitiveness of country horses in the Metropolitan area is the introduction of an indicative secondary benchmark rating for country horses.