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 last Saturday..
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.
Computaform Sprint winner RIVARINE has seen his rating jump from 108 to 125 after he put up by far his best career performance to win the Grade 1 Computaform Sprint over the Turffontein 1000m on Saturday. Here the 125-rated runner-up RUSSET AIR was used as the line horses, which of course means that his mark remains unchanged, and the Handicappers opted to keep RIVARINE the equal of RUSSET AIR given that the winner ran to a level well above anything he had previously achieved.
3rd placed CHIMICHURI RUN was given a small drop from 126 to 125 so that he not remain rated above the two horses that beat him. Sixth placed DONDERWEER is up from 101 to 107, while 7th finisher WINTER STORM was picked up from 104 to 106. There were two further drops, with WILLIAM THE SILENT being cut from 110 to 106 and SPRING BREAK going from 103 to 99.