Following the amendments to Clause 14 of the Constitution as a result of Resolution 3 being passed at the Special General Meeting held 23 November 2021, and Nomination Forms being disseminated to all Members, The National Horseracing Authority wishes to announce that the new Nominations Committee will be made up of the following persons:


  • WSB Gauteng Summer Cup (Handicap) (Grade 1) 

FLYING CARPET has had his merit rating increased from 107 to 116 following his success in the Grade 1 WSB Gauteng Summer Cup (handicap) over 2000m on the Turffontein standside track on Tuesday 30 November.  

The Handicappers took the view that consistent 3rd finisher GOLDEN PHEASANT made for the most suitable line horse, leaving him unchanged on a rating of 112.  It must be taken into account that FLYING CARPET was 4 kgs or 8 pounds under sufferance at the weights, especially as the specific conditions of the Summer Cup pegged the minimum weight to be carried at 54 kgs and not the standard handicap 52 kgs. This goes a long way towards the nine-pound ratings increase that FLYING CARPET incurred for his victory.


  • Concorde Cup (Grade 2)

POMP AND POWER has had his merit rating raised from 101 to 109 following his success in the Grade 2 Concorde Cup for three-year-olds over 1600m on the Kenilworth summer course on Saturday 20 November.  The Handicappers were of the view that runner-up COSMIC HIGHWAY made for the most suitable line horse, which leaves him unchanged on a mark of 108.

3rd finisher GOOD TRAVELLER was raised from 106 to 109.  It needs to be borne in mind that GOOD TRAVELLER carried 2 kgs more than any other horse in the race as a consequence of being the sole Grade 1 winner in the line-up, and by finishing 1.80 lengths (or four pounds/two kgs) behind the winner he effectively put up a performance equal to that of POMP AND POWER.

4th placed NEVER ENDING RAIN goes up from 88 to 100, while 5th finisher WAITING FOR SUMMER was raised from 96 to 99 to make him the equal of the 99-rated 6th finisher BUSH TRACKER


  • Fillies Mile (Grade 3) 

FOLLOW ME remains unchanged on a rating of 102 following her success in the Grade 3 Fillies Mile for three-year-olds over 1600m on the Turffontein standside track on Saturday 13 November.  It was in fact FOLLOW ME herself who was considered to make for the most suitable line horse, which is the reason for her mark remaining unaltered. 

2nd placed ETERNITY RING and 3rd finisher SPRINKLES both go up to 99, from 97 and 94, respectively.  There were increases also for CLAFOUTIS, who is up from 89 to 92, and for JULIET TANGO, who goes from 84 to 90.  This keeps these two fillies in line with each other should they meet in a handicap. 

There were no ratings drops for any runner in this race.


The National Horseracing Authority has noted that there is currently a shortage of African horse sickness (AHS) vaccine which is produced by Onderstepoort Biological Products (OBP).The OBP vaccine shortage has resulted in industry stakeholders such as vets, trainers, owners, and breeders currently having limited or no access to AHS vaccines.

As per the Fertilizers, Farm Feeds, Agricultural Remedies and Stock Remedies Act, 1947 (Act No. 36 of 1947), the OBP African horse sickness vaccine is the ONLY AHS vaccine registered for use in South Africa.

“The use of unregistered products is strongly discouraged, regardless of their claimed properties, as the safety and efficacy of unregistered products have not been assessed in equines by the mandated Registrar of Act 36.” DALRRD


  • Victory Moon Stakes (Grade 3) 

SPARKLING WATER remains unchanged on a rating of 109 after she captured the Grade 3 Victory Moon Stakes over 1800m on the Turffontein standside track on Saturday 6 November.  The Handicappers were of the view that 3rd placed ASTRIX made for the best line horse here, which leaves him unchanged on a mark of 112.  In assessing the race this way, SPARKLING WATER only runs to a rating of 106, hence her unaltered rating.


  • Allied Steelrode – Onamissionmile (Handicap) (Grade 2) 

BINGWA has had his merit rating raised from 111 to 118 after running out a fluent winner of the Grade 2 Allied Steelrode – Onamissionmile over 1600m on the Turffontein standside track on Saturday 30 October.  The Handicappers were of the unanimous view that 2nd placed ASTRIX and 3rd finisher MK’S PRIDE made for the most suitable line horses when assessing the race formerly known as the Charity Mile, which leaves them unchanged on ratings of 112 and 120, respectively. 


  • Western Cape Fillies Championship (Grade 2) 

AMANZIMTOTI has had her merit rating raised from 97 to 110 following her emphatic win in the Grade 2 Western Cape Fillies Championship for three-year-old females over 1400m at Kenilworth on Saturday 23 October.  The Handicappers were of the view that 5th placed SANTA MARIA made for the most suitable line horse, which leaves her unchanged on a mark of 100. 

Runner-up CHANSONETTE was raised from 88 to 104, 3rd placed MERCURY RISING goes up from 97 to 101, and 4th placed MARIA QUEROL is up to 101 from 100.  The only other ratings’ increase was for IMPRESSIVE QUEEN, who goes up from 80 to 84 so that she is rated correctly relative to the 88-rated QUICK BREEZE, who has a mark of 88 and who beat IMPRESSIVE QUEEN by four pounds at level weights. 

No horses were given a ratings’ drop out of this race. 

 


The National Horseracing Authority has noted that there is currently a shortage of African horse sickness (AHS) vaccine which is produced by Onderstepoort Biological Products (OBP).The OBP vaccine shortage has resulted in industry stakeholders such as vets, trainers, owners, and breeders currently having limited or no access to AHS vaccines.

As per the Fertilizers, Farm Feeds, Agricultural Remedies and Stock Remedies Act, 1947 (Act No. 36 of 1947), the OBP African horse sickness vaccine is the ONLY AHS vaccine registered for use in South Africa.

“The use of unregistered products is strongly discouraged, regardless of their claimed properties, as the safety and efficacy of unregistered products have not been assessed in equines by the mandated Registrar of Act 36.” DALRRD