The format may be a bit rough . . may be of some help to everybody . . can't remember where it came from . . applies to QLD
A Saturday Class 6 is higher than a OMW– a OMW equates to a Class 5 which is 1.5 kilos under a Class 6.
A “Quality Handicap” has a maximum topweight of 61 kilos (8 kilos over the limit of 53 kilos), the weights are “scaled down 2 kilos as a Quality Handicap protects the better horses”
A horse may start in a Saturday OMW even if it has won 3 Welters provided that the winning midweek metropolitan prizemoney) does not exceed $8,500 to the winner, the horse can win any number of midweek races and still race in “no metropolitan win” class on a Saturday
Conversely, a horse winning a Sydney midweek race at Canterbury will not be eligible for a no metropolitan win race in Brisbane on a Saturday, as the Canterbury midweek race will be worth more than $8,500
A Class 1 race at Ipswich and a OMW Brisbane has a weight differential of 7½ kilos.
So, if a horse is weighted in a Class 1 at Ipswich carrying 5 kilos over the limit he therefore should get 2½ kilos under the limit in the OMW – but of course he can’t, as he must carry the limit weight”.
How can a horse win 3 races before running in a Class 1?
In country Queensland the classes go in the sequence of Maiden, Class A, Class B then Class 1. A horse is eligible to run in a Class A race as long as it hasn’t earned more than $3000 for winning a race/races. For the purpose of the exercise a horse may have accumulated $10,000 in placed prizemoney in Maidens, but only earns $2,600 when winning its Maiden.
That horse is still eligible for a Class A race because of the $2,600 “winning” prizemoney factor. Similarly, it is also eligible for a Class B if it has not accumulated more than $6000 in “winning” prizemoney after having won a Maiden and Class A/B. At say Mt. Isa, the winning prizemoney at the non-TAB venue is $2600, hence the scenario of a horse winning three races before it has to start in a Class 1 is quite common.
Any horse can win two Maidens in Australia. The historically proven one is where a horse runs 2nd in a Maiden and then wins a Maiden at a subsequent start. The winner of the original Maiden (that it ran 2nd to) returns a positive swab and is disqualified and as such this horse referred to now has won 2 Maidens. In any event every horse is entitled to win a Maiden flat race and a Maiden hurdle – hence all horses have the ability to win two Maidens.
A Country Cup is normally programmed as either a OMW win or a 1 MW and also restricted by a condition that the horse must have had at least 5 runs in the last 12 months outside the metropolitan area. Again, the scaling of these races can vary.
Various types of Special Condition events are programmed in Brisbane, such as:
OMW = Class 5
1MW = Class 6
2MW = Class 6 – 1.5kg
3 MW = Class 6 – 3kg
By adding an additional clause “in the last 12 months” allows horses which have not won at a metropolitan Saturday or public holiday to compete.
The strength of these events vary and, consequently, the scale of weights. For example, the 2MW-LY at Doomben on Saturday 27 August is rated only 1.5kg inferior to a Metropolitan Open Hcp.
When 40 horses are nominated for a race and only 20 are required a handicapper will allocate an order of ballot on all 40 horses. In general the ballot shall be done, in order, from the horse/s with the lowest handicap – but in the order determined by the Handicapper.
In Set Weight Plate events this is based on the average earnings per start basis of each runner
Maiden Plates are different . In other races eg feature events, the Club may stipulate Special Conditions.
A first starter Maiden is handicapped at a set figure & filly allowed 1.5kg.
Horse and filly are considered equal.
An unraced horse would have preference over an unplaced horse
A horse that wins a sales bonus race eg 2YO Magic Millions - is assessed as equivalent to a Group win
“Open C-6” is open to all & stronger than a “F-M Class 6”. They vary according to strength and season.
A Three-Years-Old Class 6 event is really a continuation of a Two-Years-Old handicap.
By using “Class 6” in the description in lieu of “Three-Year-Old Handicap” allows horses to win more races in this grade, as the winner of one 3YO Hcp then becomes a Class 5 horse and a second win would render the horse ineligible to compete in the Class system.
Three-Years-Old Open Handicaps are programmed later in the season.
Three-Year-Old events can vary throughout the season with the later events bordering on an Open Class 6.
Plates are a combination of different classes like “Graduations”,
MAIDEN 22 BM 45 22.5
CLASS 1 24
BM 50 25
CLASS 2 26
CLASS 3 28 BM 55 27.5
CLASS 4 30 BM 60 30
CLASS 5 33 BM 65 32.5
CLASS 6 35 BM 70 35
BM 75 37.5
BM 80 40
Variations to allocated weights
A horse may carry more than its allocated weight, due, for example, to the jockey’s excess weight. The handicapper takes into account any extra weight carried when assessing the horse’s previous performance and setting the weight.
Special condition race – a race other than a restricted race, as defined under the Australian Rules of Racing, which was restricted by prizemoney and/or races won.
Adjustments to weights are calculated according to a number of factors, including the strength of the opposition, the merit of the win, the winning margin. Attached are schedules for:
• Minimum weights and top weights in Queensland races
• Scaling of Queensland racetracks
• General scaling policy
• Maiden handicap scales
• Weight allowances
• Beaten margin scale
• Standard weight for age for flat races
New horses to the State
A handicapper from Queensland Racing’s Brisbane office weights all horses new to Queensland.
The Rules of Racing provide for the amending of weights that have been officially released.
(1) The stewards may, subject to subrule (2) of this rule, within any reasonable time, permit the handicapper to amend the allotted weight of any horse in a handicap race.
(2) The stewards may allow the handicapper to amend the allotted weight of a horse only if they are satisfied that the allotted weight was incorrect because of:
(a) a clerical error at the time of release of such weights, or
(b) incomplete or inaccurate information on the performances, age, sex or identity of any entry, or
(c) an error by the handicapper in the assessment of the age or sex of any entry or of the conditions for the race.
(3) The handicapper may with the permission of the stewards and before the declaration of acceptances, issue a substitute set of weights for a handicap race only when –
(a) a correctly nominated horse was not included in the original weights, or
(b) the original weights are not in accordance with the conditions for the race.
(4) Notwithstanding the foregoing provisions of this rule, an error in the allotted weight of any horse in a weight-for-age, set-weight or set-weight-and-penalties race may be corrected any time.
(c) Subject to the approval of stewards and notwithstanding the provisions of AR.111A, any horse which is an acceptor in any race that is cancelled or abandoned may be renominated for any meeting for which the weights have been released by acceptances have not been taken. For the purpose of this rule, the handicapper shall weight each renominated horse in accordance with the same weight scale issued at the time of initial declaration of weights.
BM 50 25
CLASS 2 26
BM 55 28
CLASS 3 28
BM 60 30
CLASS 4 30
BM 65 33
CLASS 5 33
BM 70 35
CLASS 6 35
BM 75 38
Set weight class racing scales (3YO & upwards)
CLASS 6 PLATE (Set Weights)
Class of horse Weight above min
Class 6 +5KG
Class 5 +3.5KG
Class 4 +2KG
Class 3 to Maiden +0.5KG
Note: Fillies receive a 2kg allowance 3yo’s receive allowance
CLASS 3 PLATE (Set Weights)
Class of horse Weight above min
Class 3 +5KG
Class 2 +3.5KG
Class 1 +2KG
Note: Fillies receive a 2kg allowance 3yo’s to receive allowance
CLASS ONE PLATE (Set weights)
Class of horse Weight above min
Aug - Nov Dec - Mar Apr - Jul
Class 1 +5KG +5KG +5KG
Maiden 4YO and up +2KG +2KG +2KG
Maiden 3YO +0.5KG +1KG +1.5KG
Note: Fillies receive a 2kg allowance C1 3yo’s to receive allowance
Benchmark races have no restrictions and they allow uncompetitive horses to drop back to easier races
In Provincial meetings each rating point represents 0.5kg.
As the minimum top weight is 59kg, horses with a rating equal to the ‘benchmark’ of the race
In a Benchmark 90 race, a horse rated 90 will receive 59kg . . . a horse rated 92 will receive 1kg over the benchmark (60kg).
A mare rated 88 will receive 1kg under top weight, or 58kg . . . 56kg after the 2kg allowance for mares
Benchmark 70 race Julia Creek (limit 56kg):
2 $6,000 Booth Pastoral Services Benchmark 70 Handicap
Field Limit 12+5E 1000 METRES
1 Left Behind 8G  61.5 (C6)
2 Boris 7G  60.0 (C6)
2 Filou Shot 8G  60.0 (Open)
4 Ready To Burn 6G  58.0 (C3)
5 Richart 8G 56.5 (C5)
6 AvGas 4G  56.0 (C3)
7 Just Chill Out 6G  56.0 (C1)
8 Basaltic Banne 7G  56.0 (C1)
The Benchmark is always four kilograms over the limit in the country and ratings with
the addition + denotes an extra 0.5kg as applied to all races in the country for example;
71+, 72+, up to 81+.
Boris and Filou Shot, open class horses rate 70 equalling the benchmark, receiving 60kg
Left Behind’s rating is 1.5kg over giving him 61.5kg.
Allowances for Mares and three-year-olds are applicable
A mare rated 70 would have received 58kg.
If no horse rating equals the benchmark, the weights will be relatively raised to LIMIT + 4kg
Class Rating Class Rating
Maiden 22 BM 45 22
Class 1 24 BM 50 25
Class 2 26 BM 55 28
Class 3 28 BM 60 30
Class 4 30 BM 65 33
Class 5 33 BM 70 35
Class 6 35 BM 75 38
BM 80 40