Racing Terms

weight for age

Weight For Age


Weight for Age also notated on racing form guides as WFA is a condition that is set on the race by the handicaper in an attempt to even out each horses' chances of winning. The approach considers the maturity of the horse and assigns a weight according to a scale. The weight carried by a horse depends on four factors:

  • horse's age;
  • sex;
  • the race distance; and
  • the month in which the race will be run.

The scales recongise that as horses mature they are more equipped to handle longer distances, for example three year olds running in a weight-for-age race over 1200 metres can carry 53 kilograms in Spring but that weight drops to as low as 49 kilograms over distances of 2400 metres and over.

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