Both Bass-Robinson Feature Winners Upped To 115

Following last Saturday’s Hollywoodbets Kenilworth racemeeting, the National Horseracing Authority handicappers have reported on their merit rating assessments.

Smiles all round as Charles Dickens is led in after his Gr3 Cape Classic score (Pic – Chase Liebenberg)

  • Gr3 Cape Classic

CHARLES DICKENS has had his merit rating raised from 111 to 115 following his very impressive win in the Grade 3 Cape Classic for three-year-olds over 1400m on the winter course at Hollywoodbets Kenilworth on Saturday 22 October.

The Handicappers agreed that the more suitable line horse to use was runner-up AT MY COMMAND to the 107 he achieved when easily winning a handicap at his most recent start.

As such, his rating goes up from 106 to 107.

There were rating increases also for third placed DAVE THE KING and fourth finisher PORT LOUIS, who both go up to 105 from 102 and 103, respectively.  The only other increase was for COUNTDOWN, who is up from 96 to 100.

There were no ratings drops for any runners in this event.

  • Listed Southeaster Sprint (Handicap)

RESONATE has had his merit rating picked up from 108 to 115 after winning the Listed Southeaster Sprint (handicap) over 1100m at Hollywoodbets Kenilworth on Saturday.

It needs to be borne in mind that RESONATE carried 1 kg or 2 pounds overweight.  The Handicappers believed that 4th placed MR COBBS made for the most suitable line horse, leaving him unchanged on a mark of 101.

There were also ratings increases for 2nd placed GIMME A PRINCE, who is up from 104 to 108, and 3rd placed SURJAY, who like the winner carried 1 kg overweight and who goes up from 100 to 106.

There were no other increases, but no fewer than six horses received a rating’s drop.  GIACOMO PUCCINI is down from 94 to 93, SAFE RETURN is down to 102 from 104, ROD THE MOD was trimmed from 93 to 92, BARZALONA drops from 106 to 105, INTREPID is down to 96 from 99, and lastly WORLDS YOUR OYSTER drops from 97 to 95.

National Horseracing Authority

  • Media release by National Horseracing Authority on 26 October 2022

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