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NZ Trial For New Track Rating System

Tuesday, 27th May 2008

New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing announced "a new system of grading track conditions is about to go on trial, running from mid-June to the end of September and, if supported by the industry, will remain in place from that date on". NZTR "has developed the new 11-scale system in consultation with club & industry representatives, along with input from Turftech" (original developers of the Penetrometer system). The new scale is:

  1. Fast (0.5-1.9 penetrometer) A dry hard track
  2. Good (2.0-2.2) A firm track
  3. Good (2.3-2.5) Ideal track with some give
  4. Dead (2.6-2.8) Track with give better side of Genuine Dead
  5. Dead (2.9-3.2) Genuine Dead
  6. Dead (3.3-3.5) Significant amount of give, worse side of Genuine Dead
  7. Slow (3.6-3.8) A mildly rain-affected track, better side of Genuine Slow
  8. Slow (3.9-4.2) Genuine Slow
  9. Slow (4.3-4.5) Rain affected, worse side of Genuine Slow
  10. Heavy (4.6-5.5) Genuine Heavy
  11. Heavy (5.6+) Very soft & wet, heaviest category
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