Australian Horse Racing
We all want to be competitive in everything we do. And no more so that with punting on horse racing.
Success in punting on horses, in fact most things reduces down to an information war - the people with the best information make the smart moves.
Books have been and still are the best source of general information, and this applies at least as much in the art of racehorse selection and staking as in any other field.
Author Paul Segar has produced textbooks which cover all aspects of punting. The books alone stand as a complete reference but also provide 'food for thought'. You can develop / improve your own ideas as well as learn some new techniques.
Each book is written in plain English with plenty of practical examples in each chapter. Browse the contents of each book or email for further information, if required.
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Weight For Age Scale
By Paul Segar
The weight for Age (WFA) scale has been in use for many years now. Here is the basic scale brought to you by Pureform.
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|Fillies and Mares allowed 2.5kg from 1 August - 31 July|
Weight For Age racing is for most people the highest level of horse racing with only the best horses capable of winning this racetype. The WFA scale grades weight carried according to the age and sex of each performer with no regard for number of races won or prizemoney. A true weight for age event is run at reasonably high speed but typically climaxes with a breakneck sprint home leaving only the strongest and fastest standing at race end.
So as can be seen from the table, a 2yo is handicapped to carry 44kg in January over 1200m compared to a 4yo or older male horse set to carry 57.5kg. Essentially the scale suggests that the equivalent older horse is over 13kg better than the early 2yo. The exact figure may not be so accurate but the level of weight difference appears correct with the baby 2yo's being totally outclassed at this time of year. By July, the 2yo has, according to the scale made 6 kg improvement up to a 50kg weight 'rating'. Any 2yo can pretty much be eliminated in a WFA event when running against older horses.
Mares receive an allowance compared to their male counterpart which is why many a top mare has performed well at WFA.
3yo's can and do improve greatly during the racing season and in WFA races do get a significant weight advantage. It is interesting to note that perhaps two of the best 3yo's to race recently, All Too Hard and Pierro were both unable to win the Cox Plate of 2012 with the older Ocean Park giving both 3yo's 8kg weight advantage and a beating. This race was a great example supporting the validity of the scale.
The WFA scale is useful when considering younger horses competing in better class races (and the advantage afforded to some older horses compared to the scale). Refer to the scale to see when horses are well/badly handicapped. Often that big weight drop from a WFA race back to a major handicap is enough to snare that elusive long shot winner. There are very few modern day horses capable of weight carrying records with weight being, as always, the great equaliser.