The winners of the two three-year-old Graded races at the weekend have both been given upward adjustments in their ratings, as explained by the NHA below.
The boys gave themselves a pat on the back, but couldn’t remember the name of the Cape Classic winner (lol).
Western Cape Fillies Championship
PRINCESS CALLA has had her merit rating raised from 105 to 108 after she captured the Grade 2 Western Cape Fillies Championship on the Kenilworth winter course on Saturday 24 October.
The Handicappers were of the view that runner-up TRICKSTER(104) made for the best line horse, given that she also finished behind PRINCESS CALLA in the Grade 1 Thekwini Stakes won by ANYTHING GOES at Greyville in August.
Third placed ZARINA was raised from 92 to 102, while 4th finisher LEMON DELIGHT was raised from 91 to 101.
It is worth noting that 3rd placed ZARINA and 4th placed LEMON DELIGHT ran to marks of 101 and 97 respectively in a Graduation Plate at Durbanville on 3 October. The Handicappers were unable to assign those ratings at the time because of the restrictions in place. Had these two fillies been able to run off those marks in this Grade 2 event the four top rated horses would have occupied the first four places, in the correct order of ratings.
SEEKING STARS (sic) has had his rating increased from 93 to 112 after he made most of the running at a solid pace to win the Grade 3 Cape Classic at Kenilworth on Saturday. Fourth placed SPEED MACHINE (100) was the line horse. Runner-up LINEBACKER goes up from 93 to 109, while 3rd placed RASCALLION also goes to 109, from 100. It is interesting to observe that in this event the four best weighted horses filled the first four places, albeit not in the order of ratings.
—NHA press release.