What are the classes of horse racing?
Explaining Victorian Horse Racing Classes
- Maidens (3 – 4.5 rating)
- Benchmark 58 (3 – 4)
- Benchmark 64 (4.5 – 7.5)
- Benchmark 70 (6 – 9)
- Benchmark 78 (8 – 11)
- Benchmark 84 (11.5 – 12.5)
- Benchmark 90 (13 – 14)
- Benchmark 96 (14.5 – 15.5)
What does the class mean in horse racing?
Handicaps are grouped into classes, with class one being for the highest rated and class seven for the lowest. Class 1 Listed Handicaps for horses rated 96-110+. Class 2 This includes the Heritage Handicaps. The rating bands for this class are 86-100, 91-105 and 96-110.
What is a Class 1 race?
Group races The highest level is a Group 1 race; these are the highlight events on the racing calendar. Group 1 races are a test of class and all the horses run off level weights but allowances are given for three-year-old horses against older horses and for fillies and mares against colts and geldings.
How are horses rated in Australia?
While the scale of rating 1 – 10 remains, the new terms have a Firm track for ratings 1 & 2, Good for a track rated 3 or 4, Soft is 5 – 7 and any rating over 8 is Heavy. The Australian Racing Style & Lodging a Protest. Guide to Australian Horse Racing.
What does LR mean in horse racing?
LR is the Last Race which the horse ran. 2LR is the second to last race, and the 3LR is the 3rd last race the horse ran in.
How do you know what class your horse is?
Just as a horse earns a speed rating for its performance in a race, the race itself receives a class rating to measure the strength of the field. The class rating is a weighted average of the last 6 months of previous speed ratings from the horses entered in that race.
What is a class 3 handicap?
Class 3 – for those with handicap ratings of 76-90 and 81-95, depending on the race. Class 4 – for those with handicap ratings of 66-80 and 71-85.
What does class 4 mean in horse racing?
Class 2 – Official Ratings range from 86-100, 91-105, 96-110. Class 3 – Official Ratings range from 76-90 and 81-95. Class 4 – Official Ratings range from 66-80 and 71-85. Class 5 – Official Ratings range from 56-70 and 61-75.
What does class 2 mean in horse racing?
There are three different levels of group races. Group 1, Group 2, and Group 3. Group 1 races are the pinnacle of racing in Australia and throughout the world. Group 2’s are next best and Group 3’s are a step above open class. There are different rules to get into these races, which includes age and ability.
What does SWP mean in horse racing?
Set Weights & penalties Set Weights and Penalties (SWP) is a race where the handicapper has no discretion as to what the weight is carried by each horse.
How do you know if your horse is up in class?
Have run overall race time / sectionals that are faster than other races of stronger class over the same distance on the same day. May be observed still travelling comfortably in a race when other runners around them are under pressure from the jockey. Started at a short price in a number of their runs.