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guardian.co.tt Wednesday, May 17, 2017
On March 1, the Arima Race Club (ARC) in-
troduced a new policy for the handicapping of
horses in T&T. Essentially, the policy sought
to give handicappers even greater discretion in
the movement of ratings for horses competing
in any category.
Winners of handicappers are guaranteed an in-
crease of not less than four points but no more than
ten points while winners of non-handicaps have no
minimum increase guaranteed but the policy is silent
on whether there is
in handicaps can
be increased be-
tween one and
three points, while
Classic races, the
increase can be as
high as five and
While there will
be no increase in
ratings for horses
that do not earn
any prize money,
the policy also states that will not necessarily be any
decrease in ratings for these animals. Where decreases
are considered necessary, these will range between
one and five points. A number of factors have been
identified as being relevant to the decisions by the
handicappers to revise any rating including track con-
ditions, distance, surface, and events during the race.
While the above sounds reasonable in theory, the
challenge that the racing fraternity continues to avoid
confronting is the lack of confidence in the impartial-
ity of the handicappers. Indicating that these revised
ratings will be submitted to a contracted independent
consultant (presumably overseas) for ratification does
not inspire confidence, since it is difficult to see how
someone who is not familiar with the environment
will be able to identify anything other than a technical
reason for disagreeing with the recommendations of
the local handicappers.
The policy also does not make any pro-
vision for connections to appeal revised
ratings. The ratings book is replete with
examples of revisions to horses' ratings that
appear illogical. The recent exposé regarding
changes in the ratings of Canfield Casino
were countered by the ARC with its own
full-page response, there is no denying that
Canfield Casino was rated 70 on February
4 and four starts later (May 6) raced off a
rating of 50 dropping by five points after
each consecutive start.
Uncle Norman, who also raced on May
6, took six starts to fall from 70 to 50. Not-
withstanding their denial of any conspiracy,
inconsistencies such as these do not inspire
trust in the handicappers even if the hand-
icapping system makes sense.
The ARC has also announced that from
July 1, a weight for age allowance will apply
in handicaps for horses two years old and up
and also handicaps for horses three years old
and up. The weight for age allowance varies
with distance and surface and is intended to
acknowledge the different rate of maturity.
The ARC also announced that from July
1, a native or WI bred maiden must run
and finish three times in Trinidad to be
eligible for a handicap rating unless they
had won in either of their first two starts.
Again this appears reasonable and unlike the
other changes introduced, does not provide
much scope for manipulation by any indi-
vidual(s). New ratings for imported horses
from North America were also announced
with one positive being the lowering of the
initial rating for imported maidens.
All of the changes announced seem de-
signed to foster more competitive racing
in Trinidad but if they are to be successful,
the trust and confidence of the racing fra-
ternity in those who are implementing the
revised systems need to be restored. This
might only be possible through personnel
changes and so the real question is whether
the ARC is courageous enough to take this
further step. Time will tell.
I am certain that there are persons willing
to serve in this role as handicappers.
England-based T&T senior national netball-
ers, Kalifa Mc Collin and Afeisha Noel were both
again on the end of losing results when the Vi-
tality England Netball Super League Round 15
matches took place on Monday.
Goal-shoot Mc Collin, who entered the round with
408 goals from 435 attempts and a league best 93.8
shooting percentage, could not prevent Celtic Dragons
from a 57-69 loss at home to defending champions
Surrey Storm, despite a 20-17 first quarter lead at
Sports Wales National Centre.
Storm then won the second quarter 19-11 for a 36-
31 half-time lead before Dragons closed the gap by
two goals to 49-47 at the third period, only to fade
again in the final quarter, 10-20.
Mc Collin ended with 35 goals from 40 attempts
for 87 per cent shooting while Eleanor Roberts added
22 from 24 attempts at 92 per cent in the loss while
for Storm, Megan Craig netted 43 of 56 and Katie
Harris, 26 of 28 in the win.
Goal shoot Noel was not among her team roster
and it showed as the Severn Stars were outplayed at
Sirens 45-59 after also leading at the end of the first
period, 15-12 at Emirates Arena.
With the losses, Dragons remained bottom of the
ten-team table with three points and a 1-14 record
while Severn Stars is third from bottom with 12 points
and a 4-12 mark, just ahead of Team Northumbria
which has nine points and is 3-12 with only three
matches left for each club.
Mc Collin, Noel
taste more defeat
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