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.
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