Following industry consultation Racing Queensland have introduced a new program of races effective from March 1 with the aim to increase opportunities for young and less experienced horses.
The races are programmed across most Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday race meetings.
Created to provide a pathway for horses outside of the Ratings Handicapping system for young and less experienced horses these races are programmed as follows:
- For horses with 0 wins as a 3YO or older
- For horses with up to 1 win as a 3YO or older
- For horses with up to 2 wins as a 3YO or older
- For horses with up to 3 wins as a 3YO or older
Following industry consultation and analysis it was identified that opportunities for the young and less experienced horse should be enhanced to maximize the earning potential of horses earlier in their career.
As such these races will carry more prizemoney than the other standard races on each program funded by the redistribution of funds from some of the races held for the lower rated horses which have been identified as receiving much higher opportunities to earn under the Ratings system.
These limited win races will be monitored over the coming months to determine their effectiveness, competitiveness and to analyse the level of support from industry members.