|john marriott wrote:|
Thanks for that info Jeff,
One more question, then I'll leave you all alone.
Is a dog automatically upgraded after a win?... as I have seen a dog with three consecutive wins in G5 (different tracks)?
LOL - it depends where you are -
In Queensland you can win 2 5th grades in Class 3 (doesn't matter which track) before being upgraded to 4th grade in class 3 at all tracks, but after 1 4th grade win you are upgraded to 3rd grade in class 3 at all tracks, and after 1 3rd grade win you are upgraded to 2nd grade etc.
Class 3 wins don't affect class 2 and class 1 grading. But a class 2 win counts as a win in class 3 as well. And a class 1 win counts as a win in class 2 and class 3 as well.
Trainers are free to nominate for whatever class they like.
And in Qld the classes are divided into two distance categories - 0-599m and 600m+. So you can be top grade in class 1 over 520m and still be eligible for a class 3 5th grade over 600m.
In New South Wales, you can win 2 Class 2 5th grades over a particular distance on a particular track before going up to 4th grade for that distance and track. Then 1 win upgrades you to a 3rd grade etc.
But you start afresh for each distance on each track. Thus you can win 2 420m 5th grades at Lismore, then 2 520m 5th grades, then 2 635m 5th grades. You can then go to Casino and win 2 411m 5th grades etc. - but this also means in the end that the competition in 5th grades is tougher in NSW than in Qld.
Class 3 grading in NSW is different again - I need to get the grading policy out to work out how my dogs will be graded in class 3 in NSW.
Dropping grades likewise depends on where you are.
If you think it sounds confusing - it is! We need a uniform national grading policy. But then even the width between the tracks of a railway line changes at state borders in Australia!!!
PS you can get a lot of information from the Greyhound Racing Victoria website. It has what looks to be a fairly complete record of dog performances and total prizemoney won over the last few years - tho I've found gaps and partial records for dogs' performances in 2005 and earlier (It's possible that there could be more recent gaps but I haven't noticed them). Prizemoney won gives you probably the best indication of the quality of dog you are dealing with as far as race performances go. Just insert the name of the dog, EXTERNAL LINK