Australia will implement a new system for rating of race track surfaces from 1 December 2014. Numerical track ratings remain, however the associated descriptions have been amended to be more consistent with other jurisdictions overseas.
|Rating || |
|Description ||Previous |
|Firm ||1 ||Dry hard track ||(Fast) |
|Firm ||2 ||Firm track with reasonable grass coverage ||(Good) |
|Good ||3 ||Track with good grass coverage and cushion ||(Good) |
|Good ||4 ||Track with some give in it ||(Dead) |
|Soft ||5 ||Track with a reasonable amount of give in it ||(Dead) |
|Soft ||6 ||Moist but not a badly affected track ||(Slow) |
|Soft ||7 ||More rain-affected track that will chop out ||(Slow) |
|Heavy ||8 ||Rain-affected track that horses will get into ||(Heavy) |
|Heavy ||9 ||Wet track getting into a squelchy area ||(Heavy) |
|Heavy ||10 ||Heaviest category track, very wet, towards saturation ||(Heavy) |
Historical track ratings will be updated from 1 December to reflect the new track classifications in horse performances and summaries.