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HORSES THAT RUN WIDE IN MELBOURNE RACES

Horses running “wide” in Melbourne? Happens in every race. So how many lengths does it really cost them if they run wide for the duration of the race compared to horses racing on the fence?

Note the figures below are for the duration of the race and it doesn’t happen very often that horses are 6 wide for the duration. However many do travel two and three wide for the entire race.

Flemington  Wide Extra Covered  Weight “handicap” equiv.
1400m 2 wide .63 lengths 1 kgs
  3 wide 1.26 lengths 2 kgs
  4 wide 1.89 lengths 3 kgs
  5 wide 2.52 lengths 4 kgs
  6 wide 3.15 lengths 5 kgs
       
1600m / 2000m 2 wide .95 lengths 1.5 kgs
  3 wide 1.90 lengths 3 kgs
  4 wide 2.85 lengths 4.5 kgs
  5 wide 3.80 lengths 6 kgs
  6 wide 4.75 lengths 7.5 kgs
       
2500m/2600m/2800m/3200m 2 wide 1.57 lengths 2.5 kgs
  3 wide 3.14 lengths 5 kgs
  4 wide 4.71 lengths 7.5 kgs
  5 wide 6.30 lengths 10 kgs
  6 wide 7.87 lengths 12.5 kgs
       
Caulfield      
1000m / 1100m /1200m 2 wide .31 lengths 0.5
  3 wide .63 lengths 1 kgs
  4 wide 0.95 lengths 1.5 kgs
  5 wide 1.26 lengths 2 kgs
  6 wide 1.57 lengths 2.5 kgs
       
1400m/1600m/1800m/ 2000m 2 wide .95 lengths 1.5 kgs
  3 wide 1.90 lengths 3 kgs
  4 wide 2.85 lengths 4.5 kgs
  5 wide 3.80 lengths 6 kgs
  6 wide 4.75 lengths 7.5 kgs
       
Moonee Valley        
1000m 2 wide .31 lengths .5 kgs
  3 wide .63 lengths 1 kgs
  4 wide 0.95 lengths 1.5 kgs
  5 wide 1.26 lengths 2 kgs
  6 wide 1.57 lengths 2.5 kgs
       
1200m 2 wide .63 lengths 1 kgs
  3 wide 1.26 lengths 2 kgs
  4 wide 1.89 lengths 3 kgs
  5 wide 2.52 lengths 4 kgs
  6 wide 3.15 lengths 5 kgs
       
1600m 2 wide .95 lengths 1.5 kgs
  3 wide 1.90 lengths 3 kgs
  4 wide 2.85 lengths 4.5 kgs
  5 wide 3.80 lengths 6 kgs
  6 wide 4.75 lengths 7.5 kgs
       
2040m 2 wide 1.26 lengths 2 kgs
  3 wide 2.52 lengths 4 kgs
  4 wide 3.78 lengths 6 kgs
  5 wide 5.04 lengths 8 kgs
  6 wide 6.30 lengths 10 kgs
       
2600m / 3000m (approx.) 2 wide 1.57 lengths 2.5 kgs
  3 wide 3.14 lengths 5 kgs
  4 wide 4.71 lengths 7.5 kgs
  5 wide 6.30 lengths 10 kgs
  6 wide 7.87 lengths 12.5 kgs

All care has been taken in providing the above figures but (naturally) their accuracy cannot be 100% guaranteed – as is the case with most things in life!! The handicap weight equivalents are based on the old standard 1.5 kgs to the length – even though this is disputed by some as not being accurate these days because of the changing weight scales.

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