Picture: Double Superlative was raised to 124 after his WSB Cape Town Met win and that is one point lower than the mark he was given after his Cape Guineas win just over two years ago. But will he ever race again? (Image: Wayne Marks)
World Sports Betting Cape Town Met (Grade 1)
DOUBLE SUPERLATIVE was adjusted to 124 from 118 after landing the Grade 1 World Sports Betting Cape Met over 2000m at Hollywoodbets Kenilworth on Saturday. The Handicappers were unanimous in choosing the runner-up RASCALLION as the line horse here and he remains on a rating of 122.
3rd placed WITHOUT QUESTION was raised to 120 from 117 while 5th placed SUGAR MOUNTAIN was increased to 115 from 109. SUGAR MOUNTAIN finished 3.25 lengths or 7 points behind the 122 rated RASCALLION at level weights hence his adjustment to 115.
ANFIELDS ROCKET received a 2 point drop from 117 to 115 while WATERBERRY LANE and AL MUTHANA received drops of 1 point each, from 113 to 112 and 126 to 125 respectively.
World Pool Cape Flying Championship (WFA) (Grade 1)
Top rated DYCE remains unchanged on a rating of 130 after he captured the Grade 1 World Pool Cape Flying Championship over 1000m at Hollywoodbets Kenilworth on Saturday. Here it was the runner-up THUNDERSTRUCK who was deemed to make for the best line horse, leaving him unchanged on a mark of 124. In rating the race this way 3rd placed BEREAVE and 4th placed RIO QUERARI also run to their ratings of 122 and 118 respectively, effectively making them line horses as well.
MR COBBS, who was rated to run 2nd last on official pre-ratings, was only given a partial adjustment to 108 from 103 for his performance in 5th position. MUFASA and CAPTAIN ARROW were also given partial adjustments, from 103 to 107 and 98 to 102 respectively. The Handicappers did not take the above performances literally and considered the overall profiles of the unplaced runners when making these adjustments.
WE’RE JAMMING was dropped to 110 from 114 after failing to confirm his Grade 3 Champagne Stakes run in his 3 subsequent performances, while BARTHOLDI was given a 2 point drop from 119 to 117.
City Of Cape Town Majorca Stakes (WFA) (Grade 1)
Top rated PRINCESS CALLA remains unchanged on a rating of 127 after easily accounting for her rivals in the Grade 1 City Of Cape Town Majorca Stake over 1600m at Hollywoodbets Kenilworth on Saturday. The Handicappers were of the view that 5th placed RED PALACE would not have run below her official rating of 111 and used her to rate the Majorca. The Handicappers felt that PRINCESS CALLA was rated to win this event easily and did not have to produce her career best effort to win this event.
Only two fillies received increases to their ratings here, RASCOVA was adjusted to 115 from 110. DOUBLE GRAND SLAM was also adjusted to 115 from her pre-rating of 104 after finishing together with RASCOVA at the line on level weight terms.
GOLDEN HOSTESS was dropped to 115 from 117 as she has failed to run to a 117 in her last 4 starts. The only other filly to receive a drop was GIMME A SHOT who also dropped 2 points from 108 to 106.
New Turf Carriers Western Cape Stayers (Grade 3)
MASTER REDOUTE had his rating increased to 113 from 102 after winning the Grade 3 New Turf Carriers Western Cape Stayers over 2800m at Hollywoodbets Kenilworth on Saturday. MASTER REDOUTE was not favourably treated at these weight terms on his pre-rating of 102 and had to run at level weights with ARAGOSTA rated 118 and NEBRAAS rated 112. It was in fact NEBRAAS who was deemed to be the most suitable line horse in this event and his rating remains on 112.
2nd placed TRIPLE TIME was adjusted from 108 to 112 while ONE WAY TRAFFIC received a 2 points adjustment from 106 to 108. The only other horse to receive an increase in this event was FIGHT SONG who was given a marginal adjustment of 4 points from 90 to 94 despite running to considerably higher. The Handicappers were not convinced that this horse would be able to sustain his literal achievement here given his overall ratings profile and that this higher achievement could well be attributed to the compact nature of the finish to this race and the fact that he ran at unfavourable weight terms.
Three horses received a rating’s drop. FLOWER OF SAIGON was down to 104 from 105, DECORATED dropped from 100 to 96, and lastly THEFUTUREISBRIGHT was dropped from 98 to 96.
Schweppes Politician Stake (Grade 3)
The well weighted GREEN WITH ENVY remained on a rating of 110 after winning the Grade 3 Schweppes Politician Stakes over 1800m at Hollywoodbets Kenilworth on Saturday.
It was GREEN WITH ENVY who was considered to make for the most suitable line horse here and his rating remains unchanged on 110. The runner up GREY KING, who received 5.5kg weight from GREEN WITH ENVY and finished 1.25 lengths behind was accordingly adjusted to 96 from 87. HARAJUKU was adjusted to a rating of 101 from 96 and is now rated higher than the runner up THE GREY KING due to HARAJUKU carrying 2.5kg more weight and finishing in close proximity to the runner up.
GET IMPRESSED and BLUE BAY were each given increases of 2 points from 90 to 92 and 84 to 86 respectively.
The following horses were given drops to their ratings, KING PELLES was dropped to 87 from 93, EXCEPT TEMPTATION was dropped from 89 to 86 and JUST VAR dropped to 82 from 85.
Pongracz Olympic Duel Stakes (Listed)
RIPPLE EFFECT saw her rating increased to 107 from 104 after winning the Listed Pongracz Olympic Duel Stakes over 1200m at Hollywoodbets Kenilworth on Saturday.
MISS MARGUERITE was deemed to make for the most suitable line horse here and her rating remains unchanged on a mark of 99. The runner up SIDDELEY was only adjusted to a rating of 95 from 92 despite performing to a higher level, due to the specific race conditions that place a maximum adjustment of 3 points for placed horses in this event.
Four horses received drops to their ratings in this field, BLUE HOLLY was dropped to 98 from 100, ONI SAN dropped from 98 to 97, DISTINCTION dropped to 91 from 92 and DISTANT WINTER dropped to 106 from 108.
Dr Richard Maponya Handicap (Listed) formerly Drum Star Handicap
LITIGATION had his rating increased from 109 to 111 after narrowly winning The Dr Richard Maponya Handicap (Listed) over 1800m at Turffontein on Sunday.
The Handicappers were of the opinion that all of 2nd EMIRATE GINA, 3rd CRIMSON KING and 4th MERIDIUS made for suitable line horses, they remained unchanged on ratings of 105,103 and 110 respectively.
There were no other rating increases. The following horses were dropped in the ratings. SHOEMAKER dropped from 109 to 108, both WHAFEEF and STAR COIN were dropped to 101 from 103.
Tab Spook Express Stakes (Listed)
EXPLOSIVE BOND was adjusted to 90 from 84 after winning the Listed Tab Spook Express Stakes over 2400m at Turffontein on Sunday.
RED MAPLE was deemed to make for the most suitable line horse when rating this event and her rating remains unchanged on a mark of 93.
The specific race conditions of this event prohibits the Handicappers from raising the winner by more than 6 points and the placed horses by more than 3 points. Accordingly, the winner had to be capped to a rating of 90 despite performing to a higher level. 2nd placed BONETE was also capped to an adjustment of 96 despite performing to a slightly higher level.
The following runners received ratings’ drops. SPECIAL CHARM is down to 82 from 83, NAMAQUA BLOSSOM drops from 80 to 79 and AVOONTOAST is down from 72 to 70.
The Handicapping Team