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14 Jan 18 11:55
Date Joined: 27 Jun 02
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Theres one at Fairyhouse today. In the UK the highest NH handicaps are Grade 3 so how does it work in Ireland and what is the equivalent of a Irish Grade A NH handicap in the UK ? Not getting a lot of Google joy with this query ...
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Report ged January 14, 2018 12:25 PM GMT
Well, there's rule 3.3.1 of Schedule 13 in the BHA rules...

3.3 For the purpose of determining any penalty to be carried, a horse which in Ireland has won:
3.3.1 A Grade A Handicap Steeple Chase or Hurdle Race shall be regarded as having won a Grade 3 Pattern race
3.3.2 A Grade B or C Handicap Steeple Chase or Hurdle Race shall be regarded as having won a Listed race.
Report lordnoise January 14, 2018 12:34 PM GMT
Great thanks Ged ... Grin
Report ged January 14, 2018 12:37 PM GMT
Kevin Blake has written a couple of lengthy pieces on the subject of NH horses - the population - particularly at the top end, and the races available to them - the graded races - non-hcaps and hcaps, in UK and Ireland - and how the picture has changed over the last 10 years or so. They are not a quick read, as he has dug up plenty of data and used it in his analyses.

Here's a link to the more recent article, which contains a link to the one before.
Report lordnoise January 14, 2018 1:21 PM GMT
Thanks again Ged - nice informative old school thread ... Happy
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