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Marching In Step

White Lightning's effort ignored

Marchingontogether remains unchanged on a rating of 110 after his win in the Gr3 Track & Ball Derby over 2400m at Hollywoodbets Scottsville on Saturday.

This was the outcome of the NHRA Handicapper’s assessment after the weekend.

The Derby stampede (Pic – Candiese Lenferna)

Given the track conditions in which the race was run (the balance of the race meeting was subsequently abandoned), the Handicappers opted to take a lenient view of the Derby and decided that Marchingontogether made for the most suitable line horse.

The only ratings increase was for 3rd placed Dark Moon Rising, who goes up from 103 to 105, but there were drops for several horses.

Eyes Wide Open was trimmed from 115 to 114, Twice Golden goes from 93 to 92, Duke Of Spin goes to 100 from 101, and Seattle Force is down to 103 from 104.

In assessing White Lighting, whose rating was raised from 86 to 96 after finishing second under heavy sufferance behind Marchingontogether in the Gr3 Lonsdale Stirrup Cup at his last start, the Handicappers elected to leave his rating unchanged for this one run.

It was noted that White Lightning was over-racing in the early stages of the Derby and raced much handier than usual as a consequence, before fading in the straight.

Given that this was in all likelihood due to the pace being slow because of the track conditions, the Handicappers elected to essentially ignore White Lightning’s performance altogether.

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7 comments on “Marching In Step


    Apologies Mr. Editor for posting on this article/thread but would any of the SP Bloggers remember who owned the New Zealand bred Gigantic who raced out of the old Transvaal ?

    1. Editor says:


  2. Nigel Hawley says:

    Roy yes – trained by Whiteford?

    1. Editor says:

      Yes Nigel, Sonny Whiteford

  3. Otto van Tonder aka Outsider Genie. says:

    Roy Meaker, red and blue colors


    Thanks Gents,

    Gigantic was my first dream horse in the Transvaal, as a teenager.

  5. Colin Sutton says:

    Please explain how the winner of a race is not penalized but the horse in 3rd place goes up 2 points ?

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