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RQ confirms that following the recently announced prizemoney increases in the thoroughbred code, consideration has been given to the potential amendment of the Metropolitan Win Definition.
Following industry consultation however the decision has been made to retain the current definition which reads:
With effect 5 November 2018 and for the purpose of determining metropolitan wins, a win in a flat race at a metropolitan race meeting, the total prizemoney for which exceeds $45,000, shall be deemed to be a win in a metropolitan race. When determining the value of prizemoney, no account shall be taken of bonuses or added stakes payment not available to all horses eligible to be entered for the race. A win on the flat in any other country shall be deemed to be a metropolitan win except that, for the purpose of this condition, no account shall be taken of wins in maiden races in Australia and New Zealand.
The retention of the current definition will result in wins in $50k Saturday metropolitan meeting races run after 1 July 2019 being deemed as metropolitan wins for horses’ future eligibility. It is important to note however that this will not be applied retrospectively, hence any wins in $45k in Saturday metropolitan meeting races run prior to 1 July 2019 will still be classified as non-metropolitan.
RQ confirms that a further review of the definition will be conducted in December 2019.