Picture: Sweet Pepper pips Glittering Girl in the Grade 1 Allan Robertson Championship (Candiese Lenferna).

There is not a great deal of form to go on among two-year-olds and it is thus difficult to rate an entire crop.

Nevertheless, the below ratings of the new season three-year-olds will probably contain a few surprises for most.  

However, it should be borne in mind that the best horses in two-year-old races are usually rated against the average horse.

In the Grade 1 Allan Robertson won by Sweet Pepper, the field was spread out like the washing and it is clear she performed considerably better than the average horse.

Furthermore, River Queraress ran third in that race and had at that stage already achieved a rating of 111, which made Sweet Pepper a 115.

Sweet Pepper also beat the previous Grade 3 winner and subsequent Grade 2 winner Ameena by 4,30 lengths in the Allan Robertson. 

Sweet Pepper finished lame when subsequently running unplaced behind Ameena in the Grade 2 Zulu Kingdom Explorer Golden Slipper, whilst River Queraress ran her first below par race in the Grade 1 Premiers Champion Stakes, so those runs were best ignored. 

Thunderstruck won the Grade 1 Gold Medallion impressively on the same day Sweet Pepper won the Allan Robertson, but has only been given a 114 rating.

However, the Gold Medallion  runner up was a maiden and the average horses in the race were not as far back as they were in the Allan Robertson.

Most would have expected Cousin Casey to be the highest rated as he was ultra impressive in his last two wins in the Grade 2 Durban Golden Horseshoe over 1400m and the Grade 1 Premier’s Champion Stakes over 1600m.

However, if a horse who beats a field who finish on top of each other is given a high rating, the rest of the field will have their merit ratings dragged upward.  

Therefore, the handicappers are perennially put in a difficult situation after the Hollywoodbets Greyville two-year-old Group races as the horses do tend to finish on top of each other at that course because of it’s relatively tight nature.

Therefore the handicappers tend to err on the side of caution for those races rather than have a plethora of horses who are too highly rated. 

The crop will soon start sorting themselves out into an accurate pecking order. 

It will be no surprise to see Cousin Casey rising to the top in time. 

The top 100 rated new season three-year-olds:

Horse Regions Age Sex Runs Wins Stakes Runs-12 Wins-12 Stakes-12 Turf
SWEET PEPPER KZN, Highveld 3 F 4 3 418750 4 3 418750 115
GLITTERING GIRL KZN, Highveld 3 F 2 1 143750 2 1 143750 114
THUNDERSTRUCK KZN, Highveld 3 C 3 2 367250 3 2 367250 114
COUSIN CASEY KZN 3 C 6 4 737500 6 4 737500 113
MAHARANEE KZN, Highveld 3 F 5 4 418750 5 4 418750 112
RIVER QUERARESS KZN, Highveld 3 F 8 3 326750 8 3 326750 111
EKORIA E.Cape, KZN 3 F 5 3 248750 5 3 248750 109
KARANGETANG KZN, Highveld 3 G 4 2 275625 4 2 275625 109
ROYAL VICTORY KZN 3 G 4 1 262500 4 1 262500 109
QUANTUM THEORY KZN, Highveld 3 C 4 2 223375 4 2 223375 108
CHARLES DICKENS W.Cape 3 C 2 2 153125 2 2 153125 107
HITHEMHARDSUNSHINE W.Cape 3 G 3 2 122500 3 2 122500 107
AMEENA KZN 3 F 4 3 390625 4 3 390625 106
PROPHET KZN 3 G 5 2 236875 5 2 236875 106
SUN BLUSHED KZN 3 C 3 1 102500 3 1 102500 106
SWING UPON A STAR KZN 3 C 5 2 219250 5 2 219250 106
CAPTAIN CASEY KZN 3 C 4 1 82500 4 1 82500 105
GLADATORIAN KZN 3 G 4 1 126000 4 1 126000 105
LIGHT SPEED W.Cape 3 C 3 2 195500 3 2 195500 105
MERCANTOUR KZN, Highveld 3 G 6 3 206875 6 3 206875 105
NOW I GOT YOU KZN 3 G 4 0 225500 4 0 225500 105
BRIGHT GREEN KZN 3 C 2 1 72500 2 1 72500 104
CANADIAN SUMMER KZN 3 F 5 3 585750 5 3 585750 104
GOBSMACKED KZN, Highveld 3 F 3 3 225000 3 3 225000 104
GRINKOV KZN 3 C 7 2 170000 7 2 170000 104
LAGUNA VERDE KZN, Highveld 3 C 5 1 137500 5 1 137500 104
MISS COOL KZN 3 F 9 3 416250 9 3 416250 104
ROCK THE FOX KZN, Highveld 3 F 6 1 187750 6 1 187750 104
SUPERIOR FORCE KZN 3 G 7 1 144500 7 1 144500 104
TIME FO ORCHIDS KZN, Highveld 3 F 3 1 78750 3 1 78750 104
WOODLAND RETREAT KZN 3 F 6 1 166000 6 1 166000 104
ARGO ALLEY KZN, Highveld 3 C 5 2 174500 5 2 174500 103
BLESS MY STARS KZN, Highveld 3 F 2 1 93750 2 1 93750 103
CAPTAIN BOMBSHELL KZN 3 G 3 0 45000 3 0 45000 103
FORMAGEAR KZN 3 G 3 1 67500 3 1 67500 103
KHAYA’S HOPE E.Cape 3 G 6 1 136625 6 1 136625 103
PORT LOUIS E.Cape, W.Cape 3 G 6 2 294750 6 2 294750 103
CRUISE CONTROL E.Cape 3 G 5 3 135938 5 3 135938 102
DAVE THE KING W.Cape 3 C 2 2 93750 2 2 93750 102
GIMME A SHOT KZN, Highveld 3 F 2 1 83750 2 1 83750 102
HOLD MY HAND KZN 3 F 3 1 107500 3 1 107500 102
FEATHER BOA KZN, Highveld 3 F 3 1 195750 3 1 195750 101
GALLA VANTING Highveld 3 F 2 2 193750 2 2 193750 101
GOLDEN PROSPECT KZN, Highveld 3 C 3 1 62500 3 1 62500 101
ORARARI GOLD KZN, Highveld 3 F 4 1 63250 4 1 63250 101
RIDE ON KZN 3 F 5 1 88000 5 1 88000 101
TWIN STRIKE KZN, Highveld 3 G 7 1 106250 7 1 106250 101
WE’RE JAMMING W.Cape 3 G 6 2 487650 6 2 487650 101
ANTIGUA NIGHT KZN, Highveld 3 F 4 1 70750 4 1 70750 100
EAST COAST Highveld 3 C 4 1 102250 4 1 102250 100
FOREST SPY E.Cape, KZN 3 G 7 2 180875 7 2 180875 100
GOLDEN HOSTESS KZN, W.Cape 3 F 4 1 67750 4 1 67750 100
LORD WILLIAM W.Cape 3 G 4 1 93250 4 1 93250 100
MISS DAISY KZN, Highveld 3 F 7 2 162000 7 2 162000 100
OCEAN TIME KZN 3 C 5 1 122500 5 1 122500 100
TIME FOR GLORY KZN, Highveld 3 F 5 1 133500 5 1 133500 100
UNION SQUARE KZN, Highveld 3 C 3 1 163750 3 1 163750 100
WHO DO YOU LOVE W.Cape 3 F 3 3 206250 3 3 206250 100
AT MY COMMAND W.Cape 3 C 4 2 117125 4 2 117125 98
BLINDEDBYTHELIGHTS Highveld 3 F 2 1 108750 2 1 108750 98
I AM REGAL Highveld, KZN 3 F 3 1 89500 3 1 89500 98
ONLY HEARTS KZN 3 F 7 1 126750 7 1 126750 98
RIDGERUNNER KZN, Highveld 3 C 4 1 80000 4 1 80000 98
THUNDERSTONE KZN, Highveld 3 C 4 1 96250 4 1 96250 98
WECANGOALLNIGHT W.Cape 3 C 5 1 116875 5 1 116875 98
KILL SHOT KZN, Highveld 3 F 7 1 126750 7 1 126750 97
NONE OTHER KZN, Highveld 3 F 5 2 156250 5 2 156250 97
STRIKE A MATCH Highveld 3 F 4 2 163750 4 2 163750 97
ACORN KZN, Highveld 3 C 4 1 81750 4 1 81750 96
BILLY BOWLEGS KZN, Highveld 3 C 3 1 43750 3 1 43750 96
COUNTDOWN KZN 3 C 6 2 133750 6 2 133750 96
ICONIC DESTINATION W.Cape 3 C 2 1 59750 2 1 59750 96
IMPOSING KZN 3 G 3 0 20000 3 0 20000 96
MAGIC TATTOO KZN, Highveld 3 C 8 2 173000 8 2 173000 96
SHOEMAKER Highveld 3 C 2 2 137500 2 2 137500 96
STREET OUTLAW W.Cape 3 C 2 1 66500 2 1 66500 96
YELLOWPORSCHEROAD W.Cape 3 C 2 1 57750 2 1 57750 96
CLIFF TOP KZN, E.Cape 3 G 5 2 233500 5 2 233500 95
DOUBLE DESTINY E.Cape 3 F 4 1 64625 4 1 64625 95
MOVER AND SHAKER KZN, Highveld 3 G 5 1 205000 5 1 205000 95
PIROSHKA W.Cape, E.Cape 3 C 5 1 70750 5 1 70750 95
SAND BANK E.Cape 3 C 6 2 96250 6 2 96250 95
SHOW TIME Highveld 3 F 4 1 105000 4 1 105000 95
TIPSY TARRAGON W.Cape 3 F 3 2 85125 3 2 85125 95
TOTAL PROTECTION Highveld 3 G 3 1 61250 3 1 61250 95
BONIKA W.Cape 3 F 8 3 233100 8 3 233100 94
EYJAFJALLAJOKULL Highveld 3 G 3 1 50750 3 1 50750 94
QUEEN OF GAUL Highveld 3 F 4 1 95750 4 1 95750 94
ROYAL AUSSIE W.Cape 3 C 3 1 71750 3 1 71750 94
SHIFTING PATH W.Cape 3 C 6 1 73500 6 1 73500 94
BUTTERFLY BEAUTY KZN, W.Cape 3 F 4 1 86750 4 1 86750 93
LE MANS W.Cape 3 C 4 2 100750 4 2 100750 93
LITTLEMARYSUNSHINE KZN, Highveld 3 F 5 1 116750 5 1 116750 93
MISS MARGUERITE W.Cape 3 F 4 1 181250 4 1 181250 93
SABATINI KZN 3 F 5 1 117500 5 1 117500 93
SIMPLE SIMPLE Highveld 3 F 4 1 45750 4 1 45750 93
TYPESET Highveld 3 F 1 1 43750 1 1 43750 93
COOL WINTER Highveld 3 G 9 1 126125 9 1 126125 92
FRANZ LEHAR KZN 3 G 1 1 62500 1 1 62500 92
INTOXICATING Highveld 3 F 3 0 40000 3 0 40000 92
JIMMY DON Highveld 3 C 2 1 50750 2 1 50750 92
MARVEL WILLIAM W.Cape 3 G 5 1 93750 5 1 93750 92
MIGHTY GODDESS KZN, Highveld 3 F 5 0 16500 5 0 16500 92

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