Aragosta Drops – Tarry Filly Goes To A 108

The feature ratings

Red Maple had her rating increased to 108 from 94 after landing the Tabgold Gr2 Oaks over 2400m at Hollywoodbets Greyville on Saturday.

Tabgold Gr2 Oaks winner Red Maple's merit rating has been increased to 108

Tabgold Gr2 Oaks winner Red Maple’s merit rating has been increased to 108 (Pic – Candiese Lenferna)

The Handicappers opted to use Lady Of Power as the line horse here, hence her unchanged rating of 101.

The Handicappers did not believe that Saartjie was a suitable line horse here, as using Saartjie would elevate the race considerably which will see the exposed Lady Of Power, Future Girl and Virginia Sweet improving markedly. This seems improbable.

3rd placed, Special Charm was adjusted to 104 from 87 for beating the 101 rated line horse by 2 lengths or 3 points at level weight terms.

Danse Milord was given a partial adjustment from 88 to 94 despite producing a higher performance. The Handicappers took into consideration the fact that she ran 5th and appears flattered by her proximity to the line horse based on her overall profile.

The only horse to receive a drop was My Soul Mate, which dropped from 113 to 111.

Tabgold Derby (Grade 3)

Future Pearl had his rating increased to 117 from 116 after impressively winning the Tabgold Gr3 Derby over 2400m at Hollywoodbets Greyville on Saturday.

The Handicappers did not believe that ARAGOSTA made for a suitable line horse here, as using Aragosta would elevate the race considerably which will see the exposed One Way Traffic and Cape Eagle improving markedly, this seems unlikely.

Aragosta, who has now failed to run to his mark in his latest three starts, was dropped from 118 to 116.

3rd placed One Way Traffic was adjusted to a rating of 109 from 108 while the 4th placed finisher, Zeus, was given a drop of 3 points from 122 to 119.

The only other runner to receive an increase in ratings was Shoot The Rapids who was raised to 99 from 89. He was only given a marginal increase as this performance appears to flatter him based on his overall profile.

Without Question was left unchanged despite his disappointing performance as he was reported to be not striding out post-race, after being examined by the Veterinarian on duty.

  • Media release by the NHA on Wednesday, 19 June 2024

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