STAR colt One World’s merit rating remains unchanged on 117 after he survived an objection lodged by the Trainer of the runner-up and won the Winter Guineas over 1600m at Kenilworth on Saturday, 27 April 2019.
One World emerged victorious by a short head following a duel with runner-up Vardy, and it was Vardy who was used as the line horse to the 109 he actually achieved when beaten 3.75 lengths by One World at level weights in the CTS 1600m Sales race over the same course-and-distance in January.
In the Winter Guineas, Vardy received 2 kgs from One World which amounts in theory to 4 lengths over 1600m, so in finishing right alongside One World the Handicappers firmly believe that both horses upheld the form of the CTS Sales race. Accordingly, Vardy’s rating has been raised from 100 to 109.
Third placed Majestic Mozart confirmed the 104 he ran to when he finished 6.5 lengths fifth behind One World at level weights in the CTS 1600m. Now 2 kgs better off, he finished 2.85 lengths behind One World.
Nevertheless, the Handicappers exercised some discretion and raised his rating to 102 to keep him one pound higher than fourth placed Herodotus, who remains unchanged on 101. Interestingly, Majestic Mozart beat Herodotus into second place when winning a maiden over 1400m last September and confirmed his superiority over that rival again here.
No changes were made to the ratings of the three unplaced horses in the 7 runner field.
Photo: Wayne Marks.