HANDICAPPING RATINGS UPDATE

PRINCE OF KAHAL and ANGEL’S POWER have had their merit ratings increased by three pounds apiece after they shared top honours in a tight finish to the Grade 3 Spring Spree Stakes (handicap) over 1200m on the inside track at Turffontein on Saturday, 31 August 2019.  The race produced a good handicap finish, with 2.5 lengths covering the first eight finishers and only 6.25 lengths from first to last in a 12 runner field.

Third placed ZOUAVES and fourth placed LA BELLA MIA were used as the joint line horses.  With no second placed horse, this is the lowest way to rate a handicap race and accordingly PRINCE OF KAHAL goes up from 113 to 116, while ANGEL’S POWER was upped from 104 to 107.  As an aside, ANGEL’S POWER has contested this event in all four years of its existence, previously finishing 2nd in 2016 and again in 2017, and 4th in 2018.

Being the line horses, the ratings of both ZOUAVES and LA BELLA MIA remain unchanged on 119 and 109, respectively.  WILL PAYS – winner of this race in 2017 – drops from 121 to 119, BOLD EAGLE (who had little luck in running) was given a small drop from 104 to 103, DOWN TO ZERO (who had a tough draw of 10)  was only marginally trimmed from 113 to 112, and RUSSIAN PRINCE was cut from 110 to 108.