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Festival Handicap Weights 2017
Wed, Dec 28th, 2016

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 - Weights are unveiled today for the 10 handicaps at The Festival, which runs from Tuesday, March 14 to Friday, March 17, inclusive.

The top weights are as follows:

Race (maximum number of runners)
Horse
Age/Wgt
Trainer
Ultima Handicap Chase (24)
TENOR NIVERNAIS
10-11-12
Venetia Williams

Close Brothers Novices' Handicap Chase (20)
ZAMDY MAN
8-11-12
Venetia Williams

Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle (26)
CAMPING GROUND
7-11-12
Gary Moore

Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle (22)
MEGA FORTUNE
4-11-10
Gordon Elliott IRE

Pertemps Network Final Handicap Hurdle ](24)
OSCAR SAM
8-11-12
Jessica Harrington IRE

Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate (24)
TENOR NIVERNAIS
10-11-12
Venetia Williams

Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Handicap Chase (24)
PENDRA
9-11-12
Charlie Longsdon

BUYWISE
10-11-12
Evan Williams

ROAD TO RESPECT
6-11-12
Noel Meade IRE

MISSED APPROACH
7-11-12
Warrren Greatrex

COCKTAILS AT DAWN
9-11-12
Nicky Henderson

Randox Health County Handicap Hurdle (26)
ARCTIC FIRE
8-11-12
Willie Mullins IRE

Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Hcp Hdl (24)
THOMAS HOBSON
7-11-10
Willie Mullins IRE

COURT MINSTREL
10-11-10
Evan Williams

TAGLIETELLE
8-11-10
Gordon Elliott IRE

JURY DUTY
6-11-10
Gordon Elliott IRE

Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Hcp Chs (24)
SIRE DE GRUGY
11-11-12
Gary Moore

HANDICAPPING STATEMENT FROM PHIL SMITH

In response to a disproportionately high success rate of Irish runners in British handicaps - which reached as high as 18% in 2004/05 compared to a British strike rate of 9.5% - it was agreed that the British handicappers should keep performance figures for Irish Jump races.

This is in no way a comment on our colleagues in Ireland. It is purely for consistency purposes - handicapping will always be subjective and it makes sense for every runner in handicaps in Britain to be assessed by British handicappers using identical methodology.

Since switching approaches the strike rate of British and Irish runners have levelled out with the Irish strike rate remaining marginally higher at 11% compared to 10% for British runners.

We have also monitored success rates at the four major festivals since 2006, where the British strike rate is 250 winners from 5,199 runners at 4.8%, compared to 154 Irish winners from 2,990 runners at 5.2%.

The Jump Handicappers are confident that based on these figures there is no semblance of any anti-Irish bias and that keeping our own Irish performance figures has given our handicaps greater equality and fairness.

A full list of weights is available at:

http://files.constantcontact.com/205db977201/5c85e946-c435-40ff-af60-c3d47ac90c05.pdf

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