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    davidjohnson
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    This has a published BHA mark of 42. With the new system of horses not competing in handicaps off lower than 45, it ran and won off 46 (1 lb extra out of the handicap) at Lingfield yesterday.

    The horse is entered under penalties at Kempton tomorrow and on the 15th January but the 6 lb penalty it has been alloted has been added to the rating of 45 i.e. it has to run off 51.

    If the penalty is not applied to the published BHA rating, what is the point of publishing a mark for a horse rated below 45 if any penalties are going to be added to the bottom figure of 45.

    Over to you Marcus!

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    Marcus Weedon
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    I have found rule 94 (iv) which states that any horse rated below 46 entered in a Flat Race handicap shall be allocated a weight which corresponds with a handicap rating of 45. So, If you are entered in a 46-60 handicap and the top rated horse is only 57, it effectively becomes a 45-57, not a 43-57.

    The penalty is then added to your allocated weight.

    The purpose of publishing ratings below 45 is for elimination sequences in oversubscribed 0-45s, sellers, claimers and maidens. Plus, of course, if you have an oversubscribed 46-50 handicap, the horse rated 44 and the horse rated 32 will obviously both compete off 46 (or 45 if the topweight is below 50, as above), but the horse rated 44 has more chance of securing a run.

    In this way talent is duly rewarded!

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    davidjohnson
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    Thanks for the reply Marcus.

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