Heat and Final conditions
A race may be conducted as Heats,
Semi-Finals and a Final, and may have a Consolation/s in
conjunction therewith provided that:
i) The winners of the Heats,
Semi-Finals, Final and Consolation/s shall incur Penalties in
accordance with the Australian Handicapping Regulations.
ii) The Penalties for a win in a Heat
and Semi-Final shall not apply in the Final or Consolation/s of the
iii) The Penalties provided by these Regulations for a win in a
Heat and/or Semi-Final shall apply in any race other than the Final
or Consolation/s of the Event.
The number of horses which will qualify from each Heat/Semi
Final shall depend upon the number of Heats/Semi-Finals conducted.
In the event that horses finish in the same qualifying position,
the fastest individual mile rate recorded in the heats will
determine the qualifiers for the final/consolation.
Except where qualifiers are determined by a point score, horses
that have already qualified for the Final shall be ineligible to
contest further heats.
Should any qualified horse be unable to take its place in the
Final/Consolation, RQ Handicappers may select at their discretion a
replacement from the next best placed horse with the fastest mile
rate in the Heats/Semi-Final becoming the qualifier, except where
the qualifiers are determined by pointscore. (If two or more horses
finish with equal mile rates a ballot will be performed by RQ
Horses which qualify for a Final/Consolation, shall be deemed
acceptors for such Final/Consolation and shall be liable for any
penalties if scratched.
In the event of any Heat or Semi-Final being abandoned the
conduct of the final is to be at the discretion of RQ Officials. If
it is decided to conduct the final RQ Handicappers shall select the
final field based on point score order at acceptance time for the
abandoned race (or manually based on form at acceptance time for
the abandoned race for finals valued at $10,000 or higher) from the
Final Acceptors of such Heat/Semi-Final, and such horses shall be
deemed as a qualifier for the Final/Consolation. Notwithstanding
that the conduct of such final is to be at the discretion of
The Barrier Draw conditions applicable to the Heats/Semi-Finals
shall also apply to the Final/Consolation and not take into account
winning performances during the Heats/Semi-Finals.
The Barrier Draw conditions for the Final/Consolation will NOT
take into account Rule 17 of the Australian Handicapping Rules
(Reductions In Class) - a horse will carry its assessment from
acceptance time for the Heat through to the Final and if such horse
has not won in 10 consecutive race starts after competing in a heat
while its assessment will be reduced by one class it will draw as
per its original assessment at time of acceptance for the Heat in
In the event of a Series where the winners progress to the Final
and the Heats fall short for the number required for the Final, the
remaining qualifier/s will be determined by RQ Handicappers based
on horses finishing in the most forward position/s in the
PRELUDE - If there are insufficient acceptors for a Club to
conduct Heats and/or Semi-Finals they may with the approval of the
Controlling Body conduct a Prelude. Horses that win a "Prelude"
remain eligible for the Final and its Barrier Draw will be
determined at time of the "Acceptances for the Prelude". If a
prelude is conducted trainers may be asked to RE-NOMINATE horses
for the Final or be advised that acceptors for the Prelude will be
automatic acceptors for the Final. If trainers are asked to
re-nominate their horses for the Final such horses will have
preference in race field selection.
In the event of Heats and/or Semi-Finals being conducted the RQ
Handicappers will draw up the Final and a Consolation (if
Selection For Heats - If Ballots Are
(except for RQIS, Futurity or Sales
i) Horses that have already qualified for the Final shall be
ineligible to contest further heats, unless otherwise specified in
ii) Horses that have unfulfilled engagements (except for heats
with finals where total prizemoney is in excess of $11,000) shall
be the second ballot.
iii) Horses with the lowest race field selection points (except
for heats with finals in excess of $11,000 where fields are to be
selected manually) are to be the final ballots.
Additional Final Conditions
A Consolation of any Final can only be conducted when the event
attracts sufficient acceptors for three (3) heats or more of eight
(8) or more acceptors.
Finals shall carry prizemoney of a minimum of 50% more than the
value of the heat. Consolations, when conducted shall carry a
minimum of 10% more prizemoney than the value of the heat unless
otherwise approved by the Controlling Body.
Futurity or Sales Funded events are exempt from these
The specified conditions of a race where the Heats are conducted
in one State and the Final in another State must be approved by the
Controlling Body of each of the States concerned.
Eligibility at Acceptance Times - Mobile and standing
Any horse that wins after acceptance time will remain eligible
to fulfil its engagement.
Any horse that wins after acceptance will retain its barrier and
handicap mark with the exception of Discretionary Handicap Events
which will be left at the Handicappers discretion as to whether the
horse should be re-handicapped.
In the event of a horse being 'out of the barrier draw' for the
Heat/Semi-Final/Prelude, but being eligible for inclusion in the
barrier draw for the final should it begin in a satisfactory manner
in the Heat/Semi-Final/Prelude, the draw for the Final will
re-include the horse in the draw.
In the event of a horse being made 'out of the barrier draw' in
the Heat/Semi-Final/Prelude, the draw for the Final will exclude
the horse in the draw.
If a horse has a reduction in class following a non winning
performance in a Heat, such horse will be eligible for a drop back
in class for the Final.
If a driver concession is claimed in a Heat/Semi-Final/Prelude
it must also be claimed in the final, and should a horse not claim
a driver concession in the Heat/Semi-Final/Prelude then no
concession may be claimed in the Final.