Aussie Glossary



The following is a quick guide to help you better understand the different terms and abbreviations used in the Australian Racing program and past performances.


Open Races/Conditions
Program Abbreviation
Condition Definition
GR 1 Group 1
Highest quality race (Equivalent to U.S. Grade 1)
GR 2
Group 2 Step below Gr 1 race (Equivalent to US Grade 2)
GR 3
Group 3
Step below Gr 2 race (Equivalent to US Grade 3)
LISTED Listed
Step below a Gr 3 race; open stakes race
HCP Handicap Weight assigned by earnings/performance;
can be restricted by sex or age
Stkes Stakes Set weight race; high quality
Inv Invitation Invited horses only
Open Open
No restrictions
Qlty Quality
Contains a Max (60kg) and Minimum (52kg) weight assignment
Rest Restricted
Must meet designated condition to enter (see below)
Spec Special
Condition
Restricted by prizemoney or races won
Fly Flying
Open to all horses; equivalent to classified/money
allowance race in US
Wltr Welter
Minimum weight assigned
FlWlt Flying Welter
Open to all horses; minimum weight assigned
Mares Mares Restricted to female horses age 4 and up
Mdn Maidens
Never won a race


Restricted Races
The following races are run exclusively at METROPOLITAN tracks and are equivalent to condition allowance races in North America:
Rs0MW Restricted 0 Metro Wins Non-winners of 1 Metro races
Rs1MW Restricted 1 Metro Win Non-winners of 2 Metro races
Rs2MW Restricted 2 Metro Wins Non-winners of 3 Metro races
Rs3MW Restricted 3 Metro Wins Non-winners of 4 Metro races
Rs4MW Restricted 4 Metro Wins Non-winners of 5 Metro races
Rs5MW Restricted 5 Metro Wins Non-winners of 6 Metro races
RS0LY Restricted 0 Met Win-LY Restricted to non-winners of 1 last year
RS1LY Restricted 1 Met Win-LY Restricted to non-winners of 2 last year
RS2LY Restricted 2 Met Win-LY Restricted to non-winners of 3 last year
SpCl1 Special-Cl1 S.A. Restricted to no metro wins in South Australia
SpCl2 Special-Cl2 S.A. Restricted to one metro wins in South Australia
SpCl3 Special-Cl3 S.A. Restricted to two metro wins in South Australia





The following races are run at METROPOLITAN, PROVINCIAL and COUNTRY tracks and are equivalent to condition allowance races in North America:
Cls 1 Class 1 Non-winners of 2 races
Cls 2 Class 2 Non-winners of 3 races
Cls 3 Class 3 Non-winners of 4 races
Cls 4 Class 4 Non-winners of 5 races
Cls 5 Class 5 Non-winners of 6 races
Cls 6 Class 6 Non-winners of 7 races


The following races are run only at minor COUNTRY tracks and are equivalent to low level claiming races in North America:
Cls A Class A Not earned $1500 for wins
Cls B Class B Not earned $3000 for wins
Cls C Class C Not earned $4500 for wins
Cls D Class D Not earned $6000 for wins


Special Conditions
Btria Barrier trial Exhibition / training race (no prize money)
Hrdle Hurdle Jumps race over lower brush hurdles
Stpl Steeple Jumps race over taller fences
Rhdle Restricted Hurdle Restricted jumps race over lower brush hurdles




Track Conditions

Australian Track Condition
Description
North American Turf Equivalent
Firm (fm)
Hard galloping surface
producing quick times
Hard (hr)
Good (gd)
Track is dry and grassy,
ideal galloping surface
Firm (fm)
Soft (so)
Slightly rain affected, not quite dry Soft (sf)
Synthetic (st)
Synthetic track surface
Synthetic (st)
Heavy (hy)
Extremely wet and muddy Yielding (yl)




Special Equipment

Equipment
Description
Pacifiers Mesh covered blinkers that protect a horse’s eyes
and tend to calm a horse down





Distance Conversion Chart

Meters Conversion
800 4 furlongs
900 4 1/2 furlongs
1000 5 furlongs
1100 5 1/2 furlongs
1200 6 furlongs
1300 6 1/2 furlongs
1400 7 furlongs
1500 7 1/2 furlongs
1600 1 mile
1800 1 1/8 miles
2000 1 1/4 miles
2200 1 3/8 miles
2400 1 1/2 miles
2600 1 5/8 miles
2800 1 3/4 miles
2900 1 13/16 miles
3000 1 7/8 miles
3200 2 miles
3400 2 1/8 miles
3600 2 1/4 miles
3800 2 3/8 miles
4000 2 1/2 miles