The aim of the RWWA handicapping policy document is to provide industry participants with a guide as to the weight horses will receive by virtue of their performances as they move up or down in grade, or for that matter remain within the same grade. It is contended that Handicappers must attempt to provide consistent handicapping, and enable the connections of horses to have a greater understanding of the methods used.
Western Australia has adopted a ratings based handicapping system, closely aligned to that now in operation in all other states of Australia.
It is important to note that the following template is to be used as a guide, as there are instances where the quality of the field can affect scales used in the handicapping of races. This especially applies in feature handicap races, where the Handicapper may have the scope to be flexible as a consequence of a very strong nomination and taking into consideration the objective of attempting to attract the best possible field.
Handicappers are bound by the requirements of AR. 103(1) which requires the Handicapper to issue a set of weights for all Handicap races, other than group one races, with a minimum top weight of 58kg.
In satisfying the requirements of this rule it may be necessary for the Handicapper to raise weights from that disclosed on the RBH template.
It is an objective of all Western Australian Handicappers to provide industry participants with a greater understanding of the procedures involved in the Handicapping of all races, both in the metropolitan and provincial/country areas of the state.