Sage Galloper Goes To A 114

How the handicappers saw it

Quantum Theory (4) gets the better of the pacemaking Sheldon (Pic -JC Photos)

Quantum Theory has had his merit rating raised from 107 to 114 after winning the Listed Betway Spring Spree Stakes (handicap) over 1200m on the Turffontein inside track on Saturday 2 September.

The Handicappers were unanimous in their view that 3rd placed TEXAS RED made for the ideal line horse, in the belief that he would not have run below his rating in filling a place against a field of this calibre, leaving him unchanged on a mark of 94.

Aside from the winner, the only other rating’s increase was for 2nd placed SHELDON, who goes up from 110 to 116.

There were ratings drops for three horses.  SMORGASBORD is down slightly from 109 to 108, VAL D’ORCIA drops from 103 to 101, and lastly TEAM GOLD was trimmed from 103 to 102.

  •  Betway Insurebet Jockey Club Stakes (Listed)

FLOWER OF SAIGON has had her rating raised from 89 to 101 after she easily won the Listed Betway Insurebet Jockey Club Stakes for fillies and mares over 2000m on the turf course at Fairview on Friday 1 September.

The Handicappers were of the view that consistent 6th finisher DEFINITELY MAYBE would not have run below her best in a field of this nature and opted to use her as the line horse, leaving her unchanged on a mark of 88.

The only other increase was for 3rd placed DOUBLE CHECK, who goes up from 76 to 91.

The only ratings drop was for runner-up FIRST STREET, who is down slightly from 98 to 97.

  • Media release by NHA on 4 September 2023

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