New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing have released the weight structure for the coming season, effective from August 1.
Open Entry Races will retain an eight kilogram spread to reflect the range of horses that are accommodated in these events.
However, the weight range will reduce one kilogram from 55kg-63kg to 54kg-62kg. If the spread of ratings is less than 16 points these races will be weighted from the bottom up, notwithstanding the standard regulations that apply.
The weights for standard open and rating races, as well as maiden, set-weights and penalties and age Group races, will revert to standard handicapping policy that was in place pre-COVID-19.
Reflecting what was on offer at the corresponding time last year, the minimum re-rating maximum of 6 points will now be removed.