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An explanation of 4 and 5 year old weight allowances 2018 – 2019

We’ve  received a few queries following the PPA’s announcement regarding changes to weight allowances for 4 year olds for 2018 – 2019, and so we’ve  explained what the changes mean in a little more detail below


Last Season

Last season from January 1st to the end of the season, against the 12 stone base weight:

4 year olds received a 21lbs allowance

5 year olds received an allowance that decreased over the season:  7lbs in January and February –  4lbs in March and April –  and  no allowance from May the 1st to the end of  the season

This meant the weight “advantage” of a 4 year old increased as the season progressed.


2018 – 2019 Season

For 2018 – 2019 from 1st of January to the end of the season the allowances for 4 and 5 year olds will decrease over the season however the difference between the allowances for 5 years olds and 4 year olds will be maintained at 14lbs.

from 12 stone base weight (6 year olds)          5 year olds receive (lbs)         4 year olds receive (lbs)

1st  January to end of February                           7                                                   21 (i.e. 14 lbs more)

1 March to end of April                                          4                                                   18 (i.e. 14 lbs more)

1 May to end of Season                                         0                                                   14


The November and December allowances are: 5 year olds 0lbs, 4 year olds 7lbs


Please note that different allowances apply in Point to Point Flat Races


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