Ratings Based Handicapping System Implementation

30 April 2019

Following extensive consultation, Ratings Handicapping will commence in Harness Racing in Australia from a transitionary date of 1 May 2019 and will take full effect on 1 July 2019.

Western Australia’s conditioned win dollars system will continue as usual.

The final Ratings Guidelines document may be found here.

From midnight, 1 May, the rating of each horse will appear on the ‘Horse Details’ tab on HarnessWeb, as highlighted in red below in the Horse Class field:

The initial rating on May 1 will be based on page four of the guideline document.

Following the initial rating, horses will continue racing under the current class system, where they will not only move between classes, but also gain and lose points in the background as per the Ratings System matrix up to and including 30 June.

From 1 July they will take their points into the new system of programmed ratings races.

Further updates will be provided in due course in relation to upcoming HarnessWeb upgrades.

Any questions about ratings programming should be directed to the relevant State Controlling Body.