QLD - HRA Australian Handicapping Rule Amendments Approved

06 July 2018
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The recent Australian Handicapping Rule Amendments announced by Harness Racing Australia have been approved by Racing Queensland and will take effect from August 1.

Australian Handicapping Rule Amendments are below:

2.12 Definition - Graduation Race

A race with stakemoney of greater than $2,000 but not exceeding $4,500.

2.22 Definition - Stakemoney

The total Prizemoney specified in the published conditions of a race excluding GST when applicable which:

- includes float rebates, time incentives and unconditional bonuses (including cash and the retail value of vouchers, credit, goods and or services); and

- excludes trophies and conditional bonuses (including breeding scheme and Industry Association or Club Membership bonuses where a fee is applicable to be eligible for that bonus).

2.23 Standard race

A race with stakemoney greater than $4,500 but not exceeding the threshold for a Metropolitan race - see Rule 2.16

 

In Queensland to continue the current balance of Career Penalty and Graduation Penalty races the following amendments will be made to the prizemoney allocations effective August 1 to adhere to the new Australian Handicapping Rules whilst remaining in line with the 2018/19 RQ Prizemoney Budget:

Redcliffe

Races currently of $4450 (10 horse field limit) increased to $4600.

Races currently of $4540 (12 horse field limit) increased to $4690.

Races currently of $3450 (10 horse field limit) decreased to $3200.

Races currently of $3500 (12 horse field limit) decreased to $3290.

Albion Park

Races currently of $4540 (12 horse field limit) increased to $4690.

Races currently of $4630 (14 horse field limit) increased to $4780.

Races currently of $3500 (12 horse field limit) decreased to $3290.

Races currently of $3500 (14 horse field limit) decreased to $3380.

 

Effectively a horse to win a race with a total stake between $2,001 and $4,500 will take an "R" class penalty. (Effective August 1)

Horses that win a race with a total stake between $4,501 and $14,999 will take a Career class penalty. (Effective August 1)

 

For queries please contact the Racing Queensland Harness Racing Office on (07) 3869 9774 or harnesshandicapping@racingqueensland.com.au