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: Bala
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22/02/2013

Weights in Handicap Races at RWITC from 2007-2008 Mumbai Season

   

The rules of racing generally indicates the transparent process of assigning weights as per the ratings of the horses on a constant scale of rating related weights on receipt of entries for all the handicap races that are adjusted at the handicap stage and at the acceptance stage by the handicapper as is specified in the rules of racing.

The rules of racing at RWITC specifies, that in all Handicap races the lowest minimum weight to be carried shall not be less than 49.0 kilos, excluding the allowance that which a jockey may claim. However the handicaps may be framed down to weights below 49.0 kilos.

The rules of racing also specifies that in all Handicap races the lowest minimum top weight to be carried shall not be less than 59.0 kilos, though the handicapper may handicap horses higher than this minimum top weight as per their ratings, the weights shall be raised to 59.0 kilos only in the event of the top weight Acceptor is below 59.0 kilos.

Further the rules of racing specifies, that in all handicap races unless the terms of the race  specifies otherwise, when the top weight exceeds 59.0 kilos and the bottom weight is above 50.0 kilos the weights shall be lowered at the handicap stage to the extent where the bottom weight does not go below 50.0 kilos. In case there is a horse handicapped at 50.0 kilos the weights shall not be lowered.

As such the weights in all handicap races are allotted as per the ratings of the horses on a constant scale of rating related weights of 49.0 – 62.0 kilos with overlapping of weights of 3.0 kilos in each class from the point of the specified lowest minimum top weight of 59.0 – 62.0 kilos overlapping with that of the bottom weights of 49.0 – 52.0 kilos of the next higher class in all the rating related classes and is adjusted by the handicapper at the handicap stage and acceptance stage of all the races as is specified in the rules of racing.

And that implies that the weights of the lower class from the point of the specified lowest minimum top weight of 59.0 – 62.0 kilos with multi points overlapping of weights of 3.0 kilos overlaps with that of the weights of the next higher class from the point of the specified lowest minimum bottom weight of 49.0 – 52.0 kilos in all the rating related classes or groups of classes with rating bands in which the horses are classified.

Conversely, the rating related weights of the higher class from the point of the specified lowest minimum bottom weight of 49.0 – 52.0 kilos with multi points overlapping of weights of 3.0 kilos overlaps with that of the weights of the next lower class from the point of the specified lowest minimum top weight of 59.0–62.0 kilos on a constant scale of rating related weights of 49.0 - 62.0 kilos in all the rating related classes or groups of classes with rating bands.

The ratings of the horses are in numerical points where one point is equal to one half of a kilo each and the horses are classified into five consecutive rating related classes with rating bands in the rating related scale of weights of 49.0 – 62.0 kilos with overlapping of weights of 3.0 kilos in each class from the point of the specified lowest minimum top weight of 59.0 – 62.0 kilos overlapping with that of the bottom weights of 49.0 – 52.0 kilos of the next higher class in all the rating related classes.

As such the horses are classified into five rating related classes with multi point overlapping of weights of 3.0 kilos from 59.0 – 62.0 kilos in the rating related scale of weights of 49.0 – 62.0 kilos and  will be moving up  progressively  from the lowest rating related class of 0-26, 20-46, 40-66, 60-86 and 80-100 points and upwards at the point of the lowest minimum top weight of 59.0 kilos and 106 at the point of the top weight of 62.0 kilos of the highest rating related class.

And the continuous ratings spread over five rating related lateral classes with rating bands will evidently be moving up progressively from 0 at the point of the lowest minimum bottom weight of 49.0 kilos of the lowest rating related class to 100 at the point of lowest minimum top weight of 59.0 kilos and 106 points at the top weight of 62.0 of the highest rating related group of classes.

Thereafter in the highest rating related class the ratings of the horses will continue upwards progressively in the same rating related class from the point of 62.0 kilos, if the ratings related weights of the horses so warrants and in the lowest rating related class the ratings of horses will continue downwards below the point of 49.0 kilos in the negative figures or in minus points if the rating related weights of the horses so warrants.

As such the entire rating related scale of weights of 49.0 – 62.0 kilos with multi points overlapping of weights of 3.0 kilos from the point of the specified lowest minimum top weight of 59.0 – 62.0 kilos overlapping with that of the weights of next higher class from the specified lowest minimum bottom weight of 49.0 – 52.0 kilos or conversely with the weights of the higher class from the point of the specified lowest minimum bottom weight of 49.0 - 52.0 kilos overlapping with that of the top weight of 59.0 - 62.0 kilos of the next lower class in all the five rating related classes in which the horses are classified the ratings of all horses has been compressed effectively into10 x5=50+3.0 kilos or 20x5=100+6 points of half a kilo each.

Apparently the weight range in each class is 13.0 kilos in the rating related scale of weights of 49.0 - 62.0 kilos with overlapping of weights of 3.0 kilos in each class from the point of the specified lowest minimum top weight of 59.0 – 62.0 kilos overlapping with that of the bottom weights of 49.0 – 52.0 kilos of the next higher class in all the rating related classes and the equalizer of weights per class from one class to another is 10.0 kilos in all the rating related classes.

And the weights of horses goes down by 10.0 kilos when horses moves up with ratings on promotion from a lower class to the next higher class and the weights of horses goes up by 10.0 kilos when horses moves down with ratings on demotion from the higher class to the next lower class in all the rating related classes and the related weights of the horses are in sync with each other at all the points of the rating related weights.

In other words, if the horses are classified into five rating related classes or groups with rating bands and the ratings are in numerical points where each one point is equal to one half of a kilo in the constant scale of rating related weights of 10.0 kilos in each class in the rating related scale of weights of 49.0 – 59.0 kilos with single point overlapping of weights between one class to another in all the rating related classes then the rating band of each of the five rating related classes or groups with rating bands will be moving progressively from the lowest minimum bottom weight of 49.0 kilos of the lowest rating related group or class of 0-20, 20-40, 40-60, 60- 80 and 80 - 100 points and upwards at the point of the top weight of 59.0 kilos and 106 points at the point of the top weight of 62.0 kilos of the highest rating related group or class and the entire rating related scale will be 20x5=100+6 points of half of a kilo each or 10.0x5=50.0+3.0 kilos.

As such,  the rules of racing expressly specifies that in all handicap races the lowest minimum top weight that may be assigned shall not be less than 59.0 kilos and when the top weight exceeds the lowest minimum top weight of 59.0 kilos should the bottom weight be above 49.0 kilos as per their ratings the weights shall be lowered relatively to the extent where the bottom weight does not go below the lowest minimum bottom weight of 49.0 kilos at the handicap stage and in the event of the top weight is below 59.0 kilos the top weight shall be raised to 59.0 kilos only and other weights equally  at the handicap and acceptance stages and unless the terms and conditions of the race specifies otherwise the weights shall not be lowered at the acceptance stage and the weights will only be raised to meet the criteria of lowest minimum top weight of 59.0 kilos.

It is obvious that the multi point overlapping system of rating related weights between consecutive classes helps in compressing the ratings of all horses on the ground effectively when optimizing the weight range of each class with weights higher than the lowest minimum top weight on a constant scale of rating related weights by enlarging the weight scale upwards relatively from the point of the lowest minimum top weight. And when the top weight exceeds the lowest minimum top weight and the bottom weight is above the lowest minimum bottom by lowering the weight of the bottom weight at the handicap stage to the specified lowest minimum bottom weight to the extent possible and other weights equally it attempts to lighten the burden of weights on all horses in order to help restore the ability of horses that plummets with weights higher than the lowest minimum top weight in all the rating related classes in which the horses are classified as is specified in the rules of racing.

Also if the weights are lowered in a given rating related class at any stage of handicapping without lowering the ratings of all horses equally in sync with the weights allotted it amounts to handicapping the horses in the next higher class by raising the rating related weights to meet the criteria of lowest minimum top weight in the higher class though the given race has been framed in the next lower class wherein the weights are declared by lowering the rating related weights. For instance, if the weights are lowered by 2.5 kilos in the lower class it implies that the weights are raised by 7.5 kilos in the higher class since the equalizer of weights per class is 10.0 kilos.  

However since the weights are lowered in the lower class all the horses below the lowest minimum top weight in that race gets dropped in their rating related weights that much relatively even before the ratings of the horses are dropped by the handicapper and that may incentivize all those owners and trainers to take advantage of the systemic discount in weights that contributes to please their appetite for lower weights to try their horses in all those races in which their horses have accepted to run even before the handicapper officially drops the ratings of their horses that much though it may not help benefit those horses that may have to be handicapped with higher weights as per their rating but gets dropped in weights by systemic lowering of weights. Also the starting point of ratings of 2/3 years which would have been 36 and 33 is lowered to 30 and 27.

Also since it is a sort of weight allowance in the lower class it should only be given at the acceptance stage so that the weight allowance is spread across all races in all classes and all the divisions of the races since weights of Acceptors can be lowered before divisions are effected and that would benefit all the horses in all the races run on that day. Besides, that will avoid lowering weights at handicaps and raising them at acceptance stage if there is a need to do so. Therefore if there is any possibility of lowering the weights it should only be done at the acceptance stage.

An objective evaluation of the rules of racing reveals that in all handicap races it is imperative in principle that the highest rated acceptor horse must carry the specified lowest minimum top weight of 59.0 kilos even if its own rating related weight is less than that of the lowest minimum top weight of 59.0 kilos. And higher weights exceeding the lowest minimum top weight of 59.0 can be assigned only if the rating related weight of the horses as per their ratings are higher than that, provided, however, the rating related weight of the bottom weight Acceptor is lowered to the lowest minimum bottom weight of 49.0 kilos to the extent possible in all the rating related classes.

None the less lowering of weight at any stage of handicapping legitimizes systemic weight allowance and that in fact does more harm to the system of assigning minimum rating related weights as per the ratings of the horses on a constant scale of weights than the adverse impact of  higher rating related weights on horses though the ratings of the horses and the weight differences between the horses are constant at all points of rating related weights that which makes the movement of the horses with ratings in consecutive classes both ways easy and leaves the option of running the horses in either of the classes to the owners and trainers themselves.

Courtesy: Spot the Winner with Success