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The Orders and Rules of Racing

PART 3 - RACING PROGRAMMES - (F)20 to (F)46


34. Handicap flat races: top and bottom weights

34.1 The top weight in a Handicap flat race shall not be less than

34.1.1 for a Nursery Handicap, 9st 7lb or such other top weight as is specified in the conditions of the race,
34.1.2 for a Heritage Handicap confined to three years old, 9st 7lb,
34.1.3 for any other Heritage Handicap not within Paragraph 34.1.2, 9st 10lb or such other top weight as is specified in the conditions of the race, or
34.1.4 for all other races, the weight specified in the conditions of the race, or (in a race where differential top weights are specified to take account of the weight-for-age allowance) the weight applicable to the highest rated horse entered.

34.2 The bottom weight in a Handicap flat race shall not be less than

34.2.1 the bottom weight specified in the conditions of the race, or
34.2.2 if no such weight is specified, 8st.

34.3 In any Handicap flat race, the original weights may go down to weights below the permitted bottom weight.
34.4 Any horse rated below 46 entered in a Handicap flat race shall be allocated an original weight which corresponds with a Handicap Rating of 45.