• Golden Horse Sprint (Handicap) (Grade 1)

WARRIOR’S REST has had his merit rating raised from 113 to 116 after his success in the Grade 1 Golden Horse Sprint (Handicap) over 1200m at Scottsville on Saturday 4 July.  The Handicappers were unanimous in their view that 3rd placed KASIMIR and 4th finisher CHIMICHURI RUN made for the correct line horses to use and accordingly they remain unchanged on 128 and 126, respectively.

Runner-up ULTRA MAGNUS was raised from 113 to 115, while 5th placed CARTEL CAPTAIN (who was 7 pounds under sufferance at the weights) goes up from 106 to 109.  There was also an increase for 6th finisher INVIDIA, who was 5 pounds under sufferance and who carried 0.5 kg overweight.  He goes up from 108 to 111.


  • World Sports Betting Premier’s Champions Challenge (Grade 1)

HAWWAAM has had his rating raised from 131 to 134 after he ran out an easy winner of the Grade 1 World Sports Betting Premier’s Champions Challenge over 2000m on the Turffontein standside track on Saturday 27 June.   The Handicappers were of the view that 3rd placed TIERRA DEL FUEGO was a suitable line horse even though he was trying a new distance, given that he run a similar race behind HAWWAAM at Grade 1 level in his most recent start in the H F Oppenheimer Horse Chestnut Stakes.  As such, his rating remains unchanged on 124.

It was noted that runner-up SOQRAT ran a much improved race here and was only given a small drop from 133 to 132.  There were no increases for any runner aside from the winner, but two other horses were given drops.  HERO’S HONOUR is down from 117 to 115, and TILBURY FORT drops from 112 to 110.

 


Merit Ratings Updates

  • World Sports Betting 1900 (Grade 2)

BELGARION has had his rating raised from 113 to 119 after his fluent success in the Grade 2 World Sports Betting 1900 over 1900m on the Greyville turf track on Saturday 20 June.  The Handicappers were of the view that 4th placed CROWN TOWERS was the best line horse to use, and as such his rating remains unchanged on 109.


The National Horseracing Authority confirms that at the Licencing Committee Meeting held in Johannesburg today, Jockey Grant van Niekerk was licenced as a Jockey with certain conditions attached.

Mr van Niekerk’s Jockey licence was withdrawn on 6 April 2020, whilst riding under the Rules of the Hong Kong Jockey Club due to a non-racing, conduct related matter.

The Licencing Committee ruled that Mr van Niekerk be provisionally licenced for a period from 19 June 2020 to 18 September 2020 on condition that he enrols in and completes an Anger and Stress Management Course as determined by the NHA.

Upon proof of completion of the course, the Licencing Committee will consider issuing Mr van Niekerk a more permanent Riding Licence.

 


As per the Press Release issued on 28 May 2020 (see below) and based on the President’s speech last  night, the NHA is in discussions with the Ministers and currently awaits updated Level 3 Lockdown regulations.   A Press Release will be issued with revised regulations on racing behind closed doors by latest 24 June 2020 that will be effective 1 July 2020.

Therefore, the status quo as per the below release remain effective.


  • Post Merchants (Grade 2)

EDEN ROC has had his rating increased from 110 to 115 after he quickened up very well and won the Grade 2 Post Merchants over 1200m at Scottsville on Saturday 13 June.  The Handicappers were unanimous in their view that 4th placed WARRIOR’S REST was the correct line horse to use when assessing the race and as such his rating remains unchanged on 113.

Runner-up INVIDIA and third placed CARTEL CAPTAIN ran to ratings of 114 and 108 respectively, but the specific conditions of the Post Merchants do not permit any increase to the ratings of placed horses and accordingly these two remain unchanged on marks of 108 and 106 respectively.


  • Kuda Variety Club Mile (Grade 3)

Unbeaten KATAK has had his merit rating raised from 84 to 99 after he demolished his opposition to win the Grade 3 Variety Club Mile for three-year-olds over 1600m at Kenilworth on Tuesday 9 June.  This is the race which was formerly known as the Winter Guineas.  The Handicappers decided that the best line horse to use was 5th placed BAG OF TRICKS to a net rating of 82, which he had achieved twice already, and by doing this it was possible to drop BAG OF TRICKS’ rating from 92 to 90.


  • S A Derby (Grade 1)

OUT OF YOUR LEAGUE has had his merit rating raised from 90 to 113 after he outstayed his opposition to win the Gr 1 S A Derby over 2450m on the Turffontein standside track on Saturday 6 June.  In assessing the race, the Handicappers felt that 6th placed IMPERIAL RUBY was unlikely to have run worse here than when he finished 9th against many of the same horses in the Grade 1 S A Classic at his most recent start and used the 107 rating which he actually achieved there to rate the Derby.

Runner-up SHANGO received a small drop and goes from 120 to 118.  He is still rated 5 pounds above the Derby winner, but it was borne in mind that SHANGO earned his high rating over the completely different distance of 1600m when he won the Gr 2 Dingaans last November.


In terms of Chapter 4 of the Constitution of The National Horseracing Authority the Nominations Committee, consisting of past Chairmen Adv. Altus Joubert, Mr Andrew O’Connor, Mr Larry Nestadt and Mr Jonathan Witts-Hewinson has appointed Mr David Rosevear to fill the vacancy on the National Board in terms of clause 15.1.1, read with 15.4.5.1, of the Constitution effective from 5 June 2020.