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7/11/2003 edition

Handicapping Tips
Weight and Class

We're all used to hearing "The horse has the class," to justify why a horse handicapped with a high weight should win. Similarly we're told "It's a 54 minimum. So the horse is only six kilos above the minimum."

Those sort of comments do not show an understanding of how handicaps affect most horses. The more weight, the less class a horse will have. Give a horse enough weight and it will have no class.

By the time horses have to carry 59kg. (60 with the safety vest), many become very dubious betting propositions at short odds. Similarly with jumpers - 70kg. (71 with the safety vest) is a very tough proposition.

The table below shows how horses that carried 59kg. or more and were supported in the bookmakers' betting ring market - with a starting price of $11.00 or shorter - fared last Saturday. (The safety vest is not included in the weight.) We're updating each week. It's certainly worth looking at this information over the long term.

Rosehill 1/11/2003
Barrier Distance
SP Odds
This Manshood

This edition of Punt to Win:
Makybe Diva wins the Melbourne Cup
Betting favourites in small fields
Money talks - Rosehill, Flemington betting tips from the track
Handicapping tips - weight and class
Future winners - unlucky horses
Melbourne Cup Punt to Win
Punt to Win 31/10/2003
Punt to Win index

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If you regularly get poor tote odds you must lose.

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