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Quote: from apracing on 5:03 pm on Dec. 7, 2006[br]
– why in an age of instant communication, does it take the BHB 13 days to implement a changed handicap mark?
– what is the reason for a win in a c’j race producing no penalty for a quick return?
– why was the handicapper required to allocate a mark for Manhattan Boy at Newbury on the basis of a single run in a Bangor novice hurdle?
All of these are surely no more than ‘tradition’ and it would be difficult to think of a logical answer to them if asked the question ‘why’.
Agree with your words concerning the re-assessment of handicap marks and the scrapping of penalty-free Conditonal/Apprentice Handicap wins. Would certainly lend many a handicap the competitive edge they’re designed for in the first place: Rosses Point race today and Jolly Boy’s sequence of wins last season two topical examples
The problem with Manhattan Boy’s mark being assessed on the sole novice run was that it was a win which, like maiden wins on the Flat, allows the horse to run in handicaps next time out on a mark based – of necessity – on flimsy evidence. Again no logical reason for this, so why not scrap this rule and insist on three runs regardless of finishing position before being allotted a handicap mark.
Infact I’m inclined to go further and say that no horses can run in a handicap until having had three runs in a conditions event and only then if it has been placed in at least one of those races.
Don’t think it’d be giving much away to state that Timeform have Manhattan Boy 13 clear with a ‘p’ tomorrow.