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Handicapping changes approved by HRNZ Board

07:55 AM 19 Jul 2017 NZST
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The HRNZ Handicapping Sub-Committee met in June to review the application of the Handicapping Points System that was introduced nationally on 13 March 2017.

Included in this review was consideration of submissions from a number of industry groups and individuals on aspects of the system.

In summary, the Sub- Committee is encouraged by the results to date with field sizes up, more even racing as highlighted by higher average favourite starting prices and less races with dominating favourites that inhibit turnover.

Additional races have been run over that scheduled highlighting the industry has quickly come to terms with the new system.

Following is a summary of changes to the handicapping system approved by the Harness Racing new Zealand Board for 2017/18 season

 8 points for wins up to and including $10,000 (was $9,000)
 10 points for wins over $10,000 (was $9,000)
 Trotters awarded same points as pacers
 Horses placing second and third will increase one point but can’t go past last winning or revised rating
 Non-win horses brought in line with winners – points for placings second and third only
 Reduced Age Group Caps: 2YO Trotters – R65, 3YO Trotters R85, 2YO Pacers R75, 3YO pacers R95
 Non-tote races up to $5,000 will be penalty free for non-win horses (applied retrospectively also)
 Unplaced horses in claiming races will drop points for placing fifth to last
 Horses above the age group caps and horses close to the caps will be re-rated at season’s end


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