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Kilos Per Length based on race distance

Weight handicappers base a lot of their decisions on the beaten / winning distance of a horse's last starts compared to their rivals performances.

Forever and a day, the standard weight allowance has been three pounds per length, or, in more recent times, 1.5 kilos per length. Well, it's actually 1.364 kilos per length but for most folk 1.5 kilos is close enough and far simpler to work out in your head - which most people do.

However a lot of far smarter people than me, have reasoned (and I have no basis to doubt them) that the actual weight per lengths difference is entirely dependant on the distance of the race. Makes sense?

So how do the "smarties" work it out?

The following table may assist:

Race Distances
Kilos Per Length
1000 metres 1.52 kilos
1100 metres 1.42 kilos
1200 metres 1.25 kilos
1300 metres 1.18 kilos
1400 metres 1.06 kilos
1450 metres 1.03 kilos
1500 metres 1.0 kilo
1600 metres 0.91 kilos
2000 metres 0.72 kilos
2200 metres 0.64 kilos
2400 metres 0.58 kilos
2500 metres 0.56 kilos
2600 metres 0.54 kilos
2800 metres 0.5 kilos
3200 metres 0.43 kilos

Weight based handicapping (in fact all handicapping) has always been a contentious issue!

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