|There are larger whippets and there
are smaller whippets and it doesn't just depend on how old they are. The
weight of a whippet may depend on its age but it may also depend upon its
breeding or on whether it is a dog or a bitch.
To take these factors into account, racing whippets are handicapped according to their weight.
Unfortunately for the luckless whippets this means that there must be an official weighing-in.
The picture shows Racing Champion Morticia at the weigh-in with her owner Melanie Wright a local owner from Murton.
Despite the apparent discomfort to the whippets, their temperament is such that the weigh-in presents few problems to the officials.
|All events are over 160 yds. Handicapping is 2ft per lb.|
|Dogs run in one of three broad categories ADULTS (over 12 months), PUPS (9 to 12 months) or VETERANS (over 5 years).|
|Dogs and Bitches run separately.|
|ADULTS weight categories:20, 23, 26, 29, 32, 35 lb.|
|PUPS weight categories: 21, 28, 35 lb.|
|VETERANS weight categories: 21, 28, 35 lb|
|Dog and bitch winners of each weight class will run-off separately in two weight groups (20, 23,26lb) (29, 32, 35 lb) to decide the two top whippets of each sex.|
|There will then be a two dog and two bitch final to decide the overall Golden Jacket Winner. Dogs receive a 2 ft sex allowance when dogs and bitches are together.|