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Picture: Troppo Veloce gets up in a thrilling three-way finish to the Listed Swallow Stakes (JC Photos)

NHA Press Release

Betway Swallow Stakes (Listed)

TROPPO VELOCE has had her merit rating raised from 106 to 108 after winning the Listed Betway Swallow Stakes over 1160m at the Turffontein Standside track on Saturday.  The Handicappers were of the opinion that the 3rd placed CULLINAN BLUE would not have run below the 106 rating she achieved when winning a FM 90 Handicap in her previous run. Accordingly, her performance figure of 106 rather than her official pre-rating of 103 was used to rate the Listed Betway Swallow Stakes.

ONE FELL SWOOP was only increased by 3 points from 96 to 99 despite running to a considerably higher level here due to the specific race conditions that state that placed horses may only receive a maximum adjustment of 3 points. This means that ONE FELL SWOOP will benefit from a 4,5kg swing at the weights with TROPPO VELOCE for a 0.10 of a length beating, and a 3,5kg swing at the weights with CULLINAN BLUE who she beat here should they meet on Handicap terms in the future.

The following horses were dropped in the ratings, MOVING IN dropped to 94 from 95 while LEAVING LAS VEGAS dropped by 4-points from 98 to 94.


The Handicapping Team