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Bize – MR Appeal Dismissed

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An independent panel consisting of Messrs R S Napier, K Nicol and J Vermaak convened on 16 April 2019 by teleconference to hear an MR Appeal lodged by Mr Colin Gordon on behalf of BIZE’s adjusted merit racing of 97 from her rating of 79 following her 4th place finish in the Grade 2 Wilgerbosdrift S A Oaks over 2450m at Turffontein Racecourse on 30 March 2019.

The Appeal panel was of the opinion that BIZE’S adjusted and published Merit Rating was correct and consequently dismissed the appeal and refunded the deposit.

The Appeal Panel strongly recommends that the Handicappers elaborate as to how the Guidelines are applied so that the public/interested parties gain more clarity.

  • Press Release published by NHA on 17 April 2019

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9 comments on “Bize – MR Appeal Dismissed

  1. Jay August says:

    Any way you cut the data one can only conclude this horse ran a 90+ rating. At worst she ran a 92 and at best a 97 but that appears the most reasonable estimate. There is a slim case to be made that the slow pace of this race may have led to a rating closer to her previous rating. That however would put the race in the same league as an MR 75 handicap, and not what one expects from a Grade 1 race.

    Ian Jayes made a comment on another post that everyone needed to be a handicapper. For those connections entering progressive horses into Graded races all the more so, as the likely penalties are severe for such horses. There is an optimal way to program a horses career so that its earnings are maximised. One just needs to understand what that way is.

    In an age where so much data and data processing power is available one would expect trainers and owners to enter their horses in the most optimal way, although I doubt this always happens. Like gambling you should only enter those bets which you have a better chance of winning than losing.

    If this horse were mine she probably would not have entered the Oaks, as she simply had more to lose than gain. Some graded races in SA may soon become 5 horse affairs as trainers and owners learn that there are now consequences to failure, which far outweigh the slim chances of success. There is a reason why many graded races in Europe have such small fields and nobody bemoans the class of racing there.

    PS – Mr Ed, what exactly was the objection based on? The straying from guidelines or the rating awarded to the horse, and by virtue of that, the overall race rating?

    1. Editor says:

      Jay, an NHA clarifying press release to follow

  2. Ian Jayes says:

    When a trainer puts a horse in a Grade 2 race it is an admission that it is way above average and if it isn’t, then it has no right to be there. Graded races are there to measure excellence and should not be used as a put them in and hope for the best lucky packet.

  3. Michael Jacobs says:

    I have to agree with Mr Jayes. Very often I sit and wonder why some horses are entered in Grade 1 races! Are the connections looking for the prestige associated with the race? Why for instance do some trainers send horses to Cape Town in the Summer season to run in our graded races to run unplaced? A horse should only run in a Grade 1 if it deserves to be there and that it has a realistic chance to win or place. Then we get the rats and mice out of the way, and punters can bet and watch top class racing in graded events.

  4. hilton witz says:

    Taken into consideration that horses can get penalised wherever they run in group races and one of the main reasons given is that the next time these horses meet in a handicap they have equal chances of winning maybe the handicapers and all these men who were on the objection panel can explain this to me…In the oaks bize beat pretty border by 1.4 lengths and bize rating went from a 79 to a 97 and pretty border went from a 72 to an 80..if they meet next time in a handicap bize has to give pretty border 8.5kg for that 1.4 length beating at level weights…Please explain to me if this is firstly fair and how can bize be competitive with pretty border on these weight swings?

    1. karel says:

      Maybe Guidelines prevent Pretty Border going up… 🙂

  5. Pops says:

    Karel, did Mr. Vee Moodley not more or less say that the handicapping guidelines are “guidelines not rules” and there would be deviations from the guidelines.from time to time So these Guidelines cannot prevent them from doing whatever they wish?

    1. karel says:

      I don’t think they should be able to have their cake and eat it.
      Everyone should know what to expect.

  6. Steve Reid says:

    That’s big of you Karel, taking the role you play in assisting the NHA on the MR appeals panel. I agree with you, I don’t think that they should have their cake and eat it. The question that needs to be asked is what can be done about this? It is now weeks since Moodley started playing the guidelines game and no explanation has been given. The lessons learnt working for the operator have been well digested it would seem, and the waffle he spouted when he rejoined the NHA has been exposed for what it is. Lip service.

    “With every respect to those that went before me, my focus is on transparency and information. We are the racing public’s and stakeholder’s servants. The industry pays our salaries. When we are asked questions we must give answers. It’s an open door policy. Full stop.”


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