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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Demonstrate an understanding of basic horse racing strategies 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
262377  Demonstrate an understanding of basic horse racing strategies 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Sport 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 02 - Culture and Arts Sport 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
Learners credited with this Unit Standard will be able to think about and plan a horse race in advance by understanding the effects that the state of going and the weather has on racing the horse. Learners will also be able to explain the effects that weights have on the outcome of the race and the strategies to employ. Learners will also be able to draw on a range of strategies for the race in order to get the best result.

The qualifying learner is capable of:
  • Explaining the effects the race track and conditions have on racing the horse.
  • Explaining the effects of weight on a racing strategy.
  • Explaining the strategies for an optimal start in different circumstances.
  • Explaining the strategies for an optimal race and finish. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Learners accessing this qualification will have demonstrated competence in:
  • Communication at NQF Level 3 or equivalent.
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 3 or equivalent.
  • Unit standard: Demonstrate an understanding of rules applicable to jockeys for a race meeting at NQF Level 3.
  • Unit Standard: Read a horse Race at NQF Level 3. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Range statements are included in the Assessment Criteria of this unit standard where applicable. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Explain the effects the race track and conditions have on racing the horse. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The effect of the "state of going" on racing is explained in terms of safety and finishing position. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The effects of the weather on racing are explained in terms of safety and racing strategy. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Weather could include but is not limited to rain, heat and cold.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The effect of wind on racing is explained in terms of headwinds and tail winds. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Explain the effects of weight on a racing strategy. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The effect of the weight carried by the horses in a race is explained in terms of the selected strategy. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Weight effects could include but are not limited to jockey weight, dead weight.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    How to achieve the required weight limit is explained in terms of choice of equipment used, within a given case study. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Limits will include but are not limited to saddles, lead cloths, lead bags and boots.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The apprentice allowance is explained in terms of the effect on weight allowance. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The potential effect of the actual weight of the horse on the race is explained in terms of the selected strategy. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Explain the strategies for an optimal start in different circumstances. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The effects of the race course on the start are explained in terms of starting strategy, within a given case study. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Different riding strategies are explained in terms of the draw, within a given case study. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    How the number of horses in a race affects the start is explained in terms of a race strategy. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Explain the strategies for an optimal race and finish. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Where the horse likes to run is explained with examples in order to maximise this. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The disadvantages of racing wide are explained with examples of its effects on finishing position. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The effects of the false rail are explained in terms of running into the straight. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The effects of a short and long run-in are explained in relation to different race courses. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • An individual wishing to be assessed (including through RPL) against this unit standard may apply to an assessment agency, assessor or provider institution accredited by the relevant ETQA.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard or assessing this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be conducted by the relevant ETQA at its discretion. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Track conditions.
  • Racing strategies (start, during and ending). 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems related to the incorrect weight on a horse during a race. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others when developing a race strategy so as to have the best strategy for riding a race. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities when preparing to race in different types of weather and ground conditions. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information to determine the race strategy to used. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems where the habits of the horse will affect its performance during a race and the safety of itself and others. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    In order to contribute to the full personal development of each learner and the social and economic development of society at large, it must be the intention underlying any programme of learning to make an individual aware of the importance of reflecting on and exploring a variety of strategies to learn more effectively. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    Glossary of terms:
  • The state of going refers to the condition or state of the ground the horse is going to race on.
  • Dead weight refers to the extra weight carried by a race horse excluding the weight of the jockey.
  • Apprentice allowance refers to weight allowed to be deducted for an apprentice who has not yet ridden fifty winners.
  • Racing wide means racing off the rail.
  • A false rail is the rail that carriers the horses off the permanent rail in order to fan them out so that the horses racing at the back to obtain a clear run.
  • Short and long run-in are the distances to be run to the finish in the home straight.
  • International accepted standards refer to the standards according to the International Group for Equestrian Qualifications.
  • The legal and regulatory requirements are those sections of the Acts that relates to the humane handling of horses. They are:
    > The animal Protection Act 71 of 1962.
    > Performing Animals Act 24/35.
    > Power of Seizure Regulation 468 as contained I the animal Protection Act 71 of 1962. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  65669   Further Education and Training Certificate: Thoroughbred Horse Racing  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CATHSSETA 
    Elective  67589   National Certificate: Equine Practices  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CATHSSETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
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