The Queensland Band system is a local method of Handicapping races held at Metropolitan meetings and selected races at provincial meetings.
Originally introduced to replicate Metropolitan (M-class) racing, the Band system provides a level of local handicapping for the Queensland Metropolitan races which fell under the $15,000 national threshold of a Metropolitan Penalty race as defined under the Australian Handicapping Rules.
Following the implementation of the National Ratings Based Handicapping System from July 1 2019 Queensland have maintained the Band system for local Metropolitan races.
Under National Rating (NR) Handicapping the local Band system assists in identifying horses with 0 Metropolitan wins, 1 Metropolitan win etc.
A Band Penalty will apply to winners of races worth $12,000 or more. (some exclusions may apply)
The Band classes are as follows:
No drop backs apply.
Races valued $12,000 or more that are excluded from Band Penalty include:
Band assessment of interstate or overseas horses: