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Naps, that’s probably the most sensible and practical suggestion I’ve heard about the logistics of weighing.
However, I’ve still to be convinced that:<br>1) The information will have practical benefits in the majority of cases. Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â I can see the advantages for mature, seasoned geldings, running regularly over similar distances, where an ‘ideal’ constant could be measured. Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â But for growing horses, those returning from long lay-offs, fillies in and out of season, and those who don’t run frequently, I think it will be difficult to establish a pattern that would make weights in any way meaningful.<br>2) It would be worth the expense at this moment in time. Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Racing has other, larger issues to deal with. Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Can’t be too expensive to weigh a few horses? Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Every course would need a weighbridge installing, or enough portables would be needed to cover bank holidays, plus maintenance and transport costs. Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Staff costs to monitor the weighing. Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â A system needed for declaration of weights, holding the data and releasing it to the media.
If racing gets a windfall, great, spend it on super-duper gadgets so we can pretend to be like Hong Kong. Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â But weighing isn’t an answer the major problems with racing’s integrity, or even the answer to the handicap puzzle of the 2.40 at Southwell.