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