What does the track condition mean?

Track Rating

Australia implemented a new system for rating of race track surfaces from 1 December 2014.

Numerical track ratings remain, however the associated descriptions have been amended to be more consistent with other jurisdictions overseas.

Rating Description Previous
Firm 1 Dry hard track Fast
Firm 2 Firm track with reasonable grass coverage Good
Good 3 Track with good grass coverage and cushion Good
Good 4 Track with some give in it Dead
Soft 5 Track with a reasonable amount of give in it Dead
Soft 6 Moist but not a badly affected track Slow
Soft 7 More rain-affected track that will chop out Slow
Heavy 8 Rain-affected track that horses will get into Heavy
Heavy 9 Wet track getting into a squelchy area Heavy
Heavy 10 Heaviest category track, very wet, towards saturation Heavy

If the Track Rating shows in yellow, this means that the track rating has changed (for this race) during the raceday.

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