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Weight Information & help

The weight each participating horse in todays race is carrying and the weight carried in previous races is a major element to consider in your research. The weight carried by a horse is designated by the rules of the race and in handicaps by the official rating allocated to the horse. The allocated weight is made up of the jockeys weight and any remainder by weights placed in the saddle bag.

Contents
  1. Horse racing weight conversion table
  2. Handicaps
  3. Weights
  4. Official Ratings
  5. Top/Avg/Bottom OR comparison
  6. Actual race top weight
  7. Avg/Top OR in race
  8. Top/Avg/Bot weight comparison
  9. Position in weights
  10. OR analysis help
  11. Statistics

Horse racing weight conversion table

The weight carried by a horse in any particular race will normally be displayed in a stone and pounds format, this is shortened to an easily readable display such as 11-12 (11 stone 12 pounds). The below table shows the total pounds for each of these values.

Stones - PoundsPounds
N/A0
7-098
7-199
7-2100
7-3101
7-4102
7-5103
7-6104
7-7105
7-8106
7-9107
7-10108
7-11109
7-12110
7-13111
8-0112
8-1113
8-2114
8-3115
8-4116
8-5117
8-6118
8-7119
8-8120
8-9121
8-10122
8-11123
8-12124
8-13125
9-0126
9-1127
9-2128
9-3129
9-4130
9-5131
9-6132
9-7133
9-8134
9-9135
9-10136
9-11137
9-12138
9-13139
10-0140
Stones - PoundsPounds
10-0140
10-1141
10-2142
10-3143
10-4144
10-5145
10-6146
10-7147
10-8148
10-9149
10-10150
10-11151
10-12152
10-13153
11-0154
11-1155
11-2156
11-3157
11-4158
11-5159
11-6160
11-7161
11-8162
11-9163
11-10164
11-11165
11-12166
11-13167
12-0168
12-1169
12-2170
12-3171
12-4172
12-5173
12-6174
12-7175
12-8176
12-9177
12-10178
12-11179
12-12180
12-13181
13-0182
13-1183
13-2184

Handicaps (+non)

A handicap is a race where each horse is allocated a weight dependent on their official rating and the conditions of the race. With the Handicaps(+non) setting, you can specify whether the race was a handicap or a non-handicap.

  • Selecting handicaps limits query to handicap races only.
  • Selecting handicaps in the Handicaps(+non) (LR) setting limits query to horses whose previous race was a handicap.
  • The first selection will be used if you select both.

Weight

With the Weight setting, you can specify a weight range in relation to the total weight the horse carried. Your selection will limit the query to horses with a weight within the specified range. The weight includes any reduction for a jockeys claim.

  • Choose between 9-1 & 10-0 and limit your query to horses with weight between 9 stone 1 pound and 10 stone.
  • Choose between 9-10 & 9-10 and query will include horses carrying that exact weight only.
  • Choosing between 12-1 & 12-4 in the Weight (3LR) setting limits your query to only horses who carried weight between 12 stone 1 pounds and 12 stone 4 pounds on their third last run.

Official rating

With the Official Rating setting, you can specify an official rating range as required. Your selection will limit the query to horses who had an official rating within the specified range.

  • Choosing between 90 & 100 will include only horses who ran with an Official Rating in that range.
  • Choosing between 96 and 96 returns only horses rated 96.
  • Setting the Official Rating (2LR) to between 101 & 110 will include only horses who ran with an Official Rating in that range on their second last run.

Top Official Rating Comparison

With the Top Rating Comparison, you can compare the horse's official rating against the top rated horse in the race.

  • Setting between TopRated and TopRated will return only horses who had the highest official rating in the race.
  • Setting between '10 lower' and '15 lower' will only include horses who are rated 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 or 15 lower than the highest rated in the race.

Average Official Rating Comparison

With the Average Rating Comparison, you can compare the horse's offical rating against the average rating of the race. This is calculated by the following basic formula (Add all official ratings in race and divide by Number of Runners)

  • Setting between AverageRated and AverageRated will return only horses who carried exact average rating in their race.
  • Setting between '10 lower' and '15 lower' will only include horses who are rated 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 or 15 lower than the average rating in the race.

Bottom Official Rating Comparison

With the Bottom Rating Comparison, you can compare the horse's rating against the bottom rated in the race.

  • Setting between BottomRated and BottomRated will return only horses who had the lowest official rating in their race.
  • Setting between '10 higher' and '15 higher' will only include horses who are rated 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 or 15 higher than the bottom rated in the race.

Actual Race Top Weight

With this category you can limit the races included in your query by specifying a weight range that was carried by the top weighted horse in the race. For example if you specifed between 10-1 and 10-2 you would be narrowing your system to only horses running in races where the topweight in the race was carrying that weight. NOTE THIS CATEGORY DOES NOT LIMIT HORSES IT ONLY LIMITS RACES. Hope that got your attention! I mention this because people think this limits the runners in a race, when in fact it only limits a characteristic of a race. In other words if you set your criteria as only the above example - you would be backing every horse in every race where the topweighted horse carried between 10-1 and 10-2.

  • Setting between 10-0 & 10-0 limits your query to only races where the the top weighted horse in the race (after all deductions are made) carried this weight
  • Setting between 11-2 and 11-4 limits your query to only races which had a topweight carrying 11-2, 11-3 or 11-4

Average OR In Race

With this category you can limit the races included in your query by specifying a official rating range that was the average in the race. NOTE THIS CATEGORY DOES NOT LIMIT HORSES IT ONLY LIMITS RACES.

  • Setting between 62 & 69 limits your query to only races where the the average OR in the race is between 62 and 69 carried this weight
  • Average OR is calculated as sum(official ratings)/number of runners

Avg OR (LR)

This system builder category focuses on the average official rating in the horses last race. This is calculated by adding all the official ratings allocated to each horse who competed in that race (obviously including the horse in question) and then dividing this total by the number of runners in the race. This rating is then rounded to a whole number

  • If you wanted to only include horses in your system whose previous race had an average official rating between 50 and 60 you would do so using this category.
  • The Fullset function will break the category down by every individual official rating. This is done to allow maximum study potential in every possible system scenario.

Top OR in Race

Using this setting, you can analyse and control what the highest official rating in the race was. In each race every horse has an allocated official rating and it is the highest of those that this test relates to.

  • Setting between 95 and 100 will only include races where the highest rated horse was between these values.
  • Setting between 82 and 82 will only include races where the highest rated horse was on a mark of 82.

Top Weight Compare

With the Top Weight Comparison, you can compare the horse's weight against the top weight carried in the race.

  • Setting between TopWeight and TopWeight will return only horses who carried topweight in their race.
  • Setting between '10lbs lower' and '15lbs lower' will only include horses who are 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 or 15 lbs lighter than the highest weight in the race.

Average Weight Compare & Average Weight Compare (Exc Claim)

With the Average Weight Comparison (& Exc Claim) categories, you can compare the horse's weight against the average weight of the race. This is calculated by the following basic formula (Add all weights in race and divide by Number of Runners). The category that excludes the jockeys claim calculates the average when ignoring claims made by jockeys.

  • Setting between AverageWeight and AverageWeight will return only horses who carried exact average weight in their race.
  • Setting between '10lbs lower' and '15lbs lower' will only include horses who are 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 or 15 lbs lighter than the average weight in the race.

Bottom weight compare

With the Bottom Weight Comparison, you can compare the horse's weight against the bottom weight in the race.

  • Setting between BottomWeight and BottomWeight will return only horses who carried bottom weight in their race.
  • Setting between '10lbs higher' and '15lbs higher' will only include horses who are 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 or 15 lbs heavier than the bottom weight in the race.

Top Weight (exc Claim)

This test is identical to the Top Weight Comparison with the exception that any claim made by jockeys is excluded from the test.

Comments -

  • Setting between TopWeight and TopWeight will return only horses who carried topweight in their race when discounting all jockeys claims.
  • Setting between '10lbs lower' and '11lbs lower' will only include horses who are 10 or 11 lbs lighter than the highest weight in the race when discounting all jockeys claims.

OR vs Last Race/Win

The OR comparison tests allow you to compare the official rating allocation of the horse in the tested race versus the official rating allocated to it in last race or win.

  • This test is not category specific and if you wish to only include horses who (for example) last won in same race category you should implement this criteria into your system.
  • Setting between Same and same will return only horses who have same OR as last race/win.
  • Setting between '10 lower' and '12 lower' will only include horses who have an Official Rating 10, 11 or 12 lower than on last race/win.

Position in Weights / Pos in Weights (exc cl)

These categories in the system builder are for the purpose of eliminating/including only horses who fall into a certain weight placement position in terms of the overall race. It may be you only want to include horses who were in the top 3 weights. Alternatively it may be the case you are looking for those who had a weight between 3rd and 8th heaviest. The excluding claim option, does the exact same thing except ordering when ignoring any claim made by the jockey.

  • To only include horses weighted top set between 1 and 1.
  • If you are really only interested in handicaps remember to use the Handicaps category to specify this!

Official Rating Analysis

The official rating designated to each horse within a race is a good indicator of the quality of races the horse has been running in. In the Official Rating Analysis pages as part of todays racing tools we can easily summarise data based on the presentation table. Getting on top of this data and understanding its use can really be effective in identifying potentially well handicapped horses or those who are running beyond their capabilities.

First you are displayed with the official rating of the horse in todays race, then in each of the four larger columns the official rating of the horse as well as the top, average and bottom in its last 4 races. It is not uncommon when analysing this data to spot opportunities in the market with horses seemingly running above/below their class.

You can use the form-type icons (Flat, All Weather, Hurdle and Chase) to immediately switch between official ratings for the various codes of racing. There are also options to sort the data as you please, by clicking on the relevant heading.


OR, weight and handicap statistics

We have a section within our horse racing statistics feature dedicated to official rating, weight and handicaps.



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