HRA Announce an Amendment to the National Ratings Based Handicapping System

06 January 2022

The Members of Harness Racing Australia (HRA) have voted to make an amendment to the National Ratings Based Handicapping System.

The change announced is in relation to the deletion of Rule 4.2 of the Australian Handicapping rules which relates to two year old’s racing in open age races.

The deleted rule is as follows:

4.2      A 2YO with a Rating greater than 35 that is nominated for an Open Age Race shall have its Rating re-calculated for the Open Age Race by:

            (a) allotting the 2YO base Rating of 35 points, plus

            (b) half the number of points that its Rating exceeds 35, and

            (c) rounding up half points to a whole number.

            Example: A 2YO with a Rating of 44 would thus have a Rating of 40 for an Open Age Race.

            Note: No adjustment will be made to the Points Score of a 2YO with a Rating of less than 35.

The deletion of this rule is with immediate effect from the commencement of the 2022 racing season – 1 January 2022.

For more information, contact Harness Racing Australia via email to


Related News

16 August 2022
Australian Trotting Stud Book Regulations & Australian Harness Racing Rule Amendments
The Harness Racing Australia (HRA) Members have approved the establishment of new Australian Trotting Stud Book Regulations and various amendments to the Australian Harness Racing Rules (AHRR’s) which facilitate these various changes. While the industry has been previously notified of these changes...
8 August 2022
Vic – Additional races
Please note the following 3YO pacers races have been added to Harness Racing Victoria race programs in August. KILMORE – TUESDAY 16 AUGUST KIC16082209 – 3YO PACE (MS) of $8000. 3YO NR up to 55. PBD/NR. 2180 metres. * Concession Driver Claims do not apply. * Mares Allowance does not apply....
1 August 2022
Microchip Technology Launch
In 2017 Harness Racing Australia (HRA) announced that it would begin microchipping Standardbred foals born from the 2017/18 crop onwards. Part of that announcement was a planned review of the microchipping and freezebranding process after 3 years. This review of microchipping was undertaken in 2020 and...
Click for more