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.

In fact, in rating the race this way BELGARION runs to a mark of 122, but the specific conditions of the World Sports Betting 1900 do not permit a greater than six-point increase to the winner’s rating, and as such the Handicappers had no choice but to cap BELGARION at 119.  The race conditions also allow no increase to the ratings of placed horses and accordingly runner-up TRISTFUL remains on 109 despite achieving a mark of 112.

 There were drops for several horses.   3rd placed CAMPHORATUS is down from 111 to 110, PACK LEADER had already dropped to 111 from 114 subsequent to the publication of weights for this event and remains on 111, EYES WIDE OPEN was trimmed from 116 to 115, RETURN FLIGHT drops from 108 to 106, HERODOTUS is down from 110 to 109, and MAJESTIC MOZART remains on 105, having been dropped from 107 after the weights for this race were published.

  • Lonsdale Stirrup Cup (Handicap) (Grade 3)

MARCHINGONTOGETHER has had his rating raised from 104 to 110 after he ran away with the Grade 3 Lonsdale Stirrup Cup (Handicap) over 2400m at Greyville on Saturday.  3rd placed SILVER ROSE was considered to be the most suitable line horse and accordingly he remains unchanged on 101.  Runner-up WHITE LIGHTNING, who was 10 pounds (or 5 kgs) under sufferance at the weights, accordingly goes up from 86 to 96 (but would once more carry bottom weight of 52 kgs if the race were to be run again.)

5th placed PAYBACKTHEMONEY, who was 13 pounds (or 6.5 kgs) under sufferance, gets a small increase from 83 to 85, there were drops for several horses.  DARK MOON RISING drops from 106 to 103, FLICHITY BY FARR was trimmed from 104 to 103, LORD SILVERIO is down from 95 to 93, and lastly SEATTLE FORCE is down to 104 from 107.

  • East Coast Cup (Listed)

MIYABI GOLD remains unchanged on a rating of 115 after her easy win in the Listed East Coast Cup over 2000m at Greyville on Saturday.  So well weighted was MIYABI GOLD in this conditions event that despite her ease of victory she runs fully eight pounds below her rating and only runs to a mark of 107.  3rd placed CORAL BAY and 5th placed JE NE SAIS QUOI were both used as line horses and therefore remain unchanged on ratings of 90 and 82 respectively.

Here, too, the specific conditions of the race do not allow for an increase in the ratings of placed horses and so runner-up PERFECT AIR remains on 91 despite running to 93.  Three horses received a rating’s drop, ELLA’S WORLD is down from 93 to 91, STELVIO drops from 91 to 89, and lastly DARK MOON DOWN was cut from 82 to 81.