Following the recent announcement from Harness Racing Australia (HRA) regarding changes to the Australian Handicapping Rules, please find below important information and clarification as to what the changes mean for Queensland horses.
Current yearlings (2023 2YOs)
Will commence with a Rating of NR50.
At the conclusion of the 2023 racing season, 2YOs transition to a 3YO in 2024 by:
Current 2YOs (2023 3YOs)
For the 2023 racing season 3YO horses that transitioned at:
This will only apply to 2023 3YOs as they will transition under the current rules.
2YO concession = 8 points
3YO concession = 8 points
Commencing January 1, 2023.
Juvenile concession available on most open age races and with age restrictions removed from most rating races and limited win races there will be greater opportunity to find a race for a 2YO if a programmed 2YO race fails to gain enough starters.
Promoting a horse to NR40 upon winning
Any horse with a Rating between NR30 and NR39 to be raised to NR40 minimum upon winning. For example:
Programming changes include most lower rating races becoming NR30-40, the next step up having a NR40 front with a smaller Rating range and use of more preferential draws such as $L3 or FSP (Field Selection Points).
For more information, contact the Racing Queensland Harness Racing Office on (07) 3869 9775 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org