Gqeberha Feature Winner Goes To 103

How the handicappers saw the weekend features

Sharon Kotzen galloper And We Danced has had her merit rating raised from 99 to 103 following her success in the Listed Lady’s Bracelet for fillies and mares over 1600m on the turf course at Fairview on Friday 13 January.

The Handicappers were of the view that runner-up SANTA THERESE made for the ideal line horse, leaving her unchanged on a mark of 103.

The other four contestants all received a rating’s drop.  PHOENIX is down from 88 to 87, FLAME FLOWER drops to 85 from 86, HEARTSEASE drops from 80 to 79, and lastly INTEGRITY was dropped from 92 to 90.

Listed Tattersalls Jamaica Handicap

EVENING PRIMROSE has had her rating raised from 89 to 92 after winning the Listed Tattersalls Jamaica Handicap for fillies and mares over 2000m on the summer course at Hollywoodbets Kenilworth on Saturday.

Assistant Spencer Cook with Evening Primrose (Pic – Chase Liebenberg)

Here it was 3rd placed FLOWER OF SAIGON who was deemed to make the best line horse, leaving her unchanged on a mark of 93.

Second placed GOLD POKER GAME – who was 7 pounds or 3.5 kgs under sufferance at the weights – was raised from 93 to 102.  4th finisher TIME FLIES – who was 3 pounds or 1.5 kgs under sufferance at the weights – goes up from 86 to 88 and was the only other runner to receive a rating’s increase.

However, there were drops for no fewer than six horses.  BYE BYE BOMBSHELL is down from 100 to 98, YOUNG LOVE was trimmed from 98 to 97, WINTER SCOUT drops from 87 to 84, BLACK SILVER is down to 94 from 95, DO ANGELS CRY drops from 102 to 100, and lastly FOLLOW THE STAR was dropped from 95 to 93.

Listed Michael Roberts Stakes

CAPE EAGLE has had his rating raised from 89 to 95 after landing the Listed Michael Roberts Stakes over 1750m at Hollywoodbets Scottsville on Sunday.  Here it was 5th placed NEWS STREAM who was used as the line horse, leaving him unchanged on a rating of 88.

In rating the race this way, CAPE EAGLE actually runs to a mark of 96, but the specific race conditions do not allow for more than a six-pound raise for the winner and as such the Handicappers were obliged to limit CAPE EAGLE to a mark of 95.

The race conditions also do not allow for an increase to the rating of any horse aside from the winner.  Accordingly, 2nd placed JUAN CARLOS and 3rd finisher AQUAE SULIS remain on 84 and 83, respectively, despite running to marks of 90 and 85, respectively.

The only drop was for FIGHT SONG, who is down from 89 to 87.

  • Media release by National Horseracing Authority on Tuesday 17 January 2023.


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