• Goals And Gallops Final Fling Stakes (Grade 3)

PRETTY BETTY has had her merit rating increased from 97 to 106 following her fluent success in the Grade 3 Goals and Gallops Final Fling Stakes over 1800m on the Kenilworth winter course on Saturday 17 July.  The Handicappers were of the view that 3rd placed MUSICAL GLITCH made for the best line horse here, which leaves her unchanged on a mark of 94.  It was noted that PRETTY BETTY took on several of the rivals she had met when winning the Listed Ladies Mile three weeks earlier and beat them by considerably further this time. 

The winner aside there were no other ratings increases out of this race, but four horses were given a drop.  SLEEPING SINGLE is down from 105 to 102, DRIVING MISS DAISY was dropped from 103 to 100, SING OUT LOUD drops to 101 from 104, and lastly EVA EILEEN was cut from 100 to 98.  


The National Horseracing Authority confirms that, after President Cyril Ramaphosa’s speech of tonight, the status quo of the press release dated 28 June 2021 remains, with the exception of the below. 

In the spirit of relaxations as announced by the President, the NHA has given careful consideration to the restrictions imposed on Rider travel which was detailed in its release on Monday, 28 June 2021. Riders have been required to elect their District of choice to ride and be domiciled in from Sunday, 4 July 2021.


The National Horseracing Authority confirms that it is aware of an incident that took place at Hollywoodbets Greyville Racecourse on Saturday, 3 July 2021. 

The incident between Stable Employee and Colour Holder Mr Andrew Fortune and the South African Police Services has resulted in criminal charges being laid against Mr Fortune by the South African Police Services. 


  • Vodacom Durban July (Grade 1)

KOMMETDIEDING has had his merit rating raised from 122 to 127 following his triumph in the Grade 1 Vodacom Durban July over 2200m at Greyville on Saturday 3 July.  The Handicappers were unanimous in their view that 5th placed RASCALLION made for the best line horse here, which leaves him unchanged on a mark of 123.  It needs to be borne in mind that KOMMETDIEDING was two pounds or 1 kg under sufferance at the weights, which partially explains the five pound raise in his rating.

Runner-up LINEBACKER and 3rd placed GOT THE GREENLIGHT both go up from 124 to 126, while the only other increase was for SHE’S A KEEPER, who is up from 96 to 104.  She did in fact achieve a mark of 104 when winning the Grade 2 Greyville 1900 at her latest win but was capped to 96 in that race due to the specific conditions applicable to the Greyville 1900.  SHE’S A KEEPER more than confirmed that she is much better than 96 in the Vodacom Durban July, where she in fact runs to a rating of 110, the Handicappers opted to only adjust her to 104.

The only drop was for SOVEREIGN SPIRIT, who is down from 122 to 120.


  • WSB Pocket Power Stakes (Grade 3)

CRIMSON KING has had his merit rating raised from 103 to 110 following his fluent success in the Grade 3 WSB Pocket Power Stakes (formerly the Winter Derby) for three-year-olds over 2400m on the Kenilworth winter course on Saturday 26 June.

The Handicappers were of the view that second placed HOEDSPRUIT made for the only satisfactory line horse in a race which produced a strung-out finish and in which many of the contestants appeared to struggle with seeing out 2400m in very soft conditions. As such his rating remains unchanged on 108. In fact, the winner’s increase aside, there were no other changes made to the ratings of any of the other runners in this event.

 


The National Horseracing Authority confirms that following President Ramaphosa’s address to the Nation last night and the effected change to Adjusted Level 4, it has deemed it appropriate to institute the following measures to contain the spread of the Covid-19 virus and to protect the horseracing industry and its participants. 

Jockey travel will be restricted and every rider will be required to be domiciled in the Racing District where he/she elects to ride in, on or after Sunday, 4 July 2021. Once a Rider has ridden in a race in a District on or after this date, he/she will not be permitted to ride in another District until further notice, this includes work riding as well. 


  • Track And Ball Oaks (Grade 2)

KEEP ON DANCING has had her merit rating raised from 82 to 88 after she captured the Grade 2 Track And Ball Oaks for fillies and mares over 2400m at Scottsville on Saturday 19 June.  The Handicappers were of the view that ultra-consistent third finisher SILVA MAGIC made for the best line horse here, which leaves her unchanged on a rating of 85.

2nd placed ELECTRIC SURGE was raised from 78 to 85, while 4th finisher MAMA PYJAMA is up from 76 to 82.

There were no other ratings increases, but five horses received a drop. JASMINE is down from 100 to 98, CHITENGO was trimmed from 109 to 108, CATCHAFALLINGSTAR is down to 90 from 92, FLICHITY BY FARR drops from 91 to 88, and lastly CHERRY ROAD goes from 83 to 82,

 


The National Horseracing Authority confirms that the registered name of the following horse has been changed with immediate effect: 

OH MY GOD IT'S ROY  bay colt, sired by ACT OF WAR, out of the mare MAGIC POTION, foaled on 27 September 2018, bred by Summerhill Stud (Pty) Ltd, has been changed to that of OH MY WORD ITS ROY. 

 


  • Hollywoodbets Gold Challenge (WFA) (Grade 1)

RAINBOW BRIDGE remains unchanged on a rating of 134 following his success in the Grade 1 Hollywoodbets Gold Challenge over 1600m on the Greyville turf course on Saturday 12 June.  It was ultra-consistent 4th placed SEEKING THE STARS who was deemed to make for the most suitable line horse, which leaves him unchanged on a rating of 121.

In assessing the race this way, RAINBOW BRIDGE only runs to a mark of 127, hence his unaltered rating.  The only ratings increase was for runner-up CATCH TWENTY TWO, who goes from 123 to 126.  The only drop was for SOVEREIGN SPIRIT, who is down from 124 to 122. 


The National Horseracing Authority (NHA) wishes to advise all its Members that the written requisition with signatures, as co-ordinated by the S A National Trainers Association (SANTA) (as per prior correspondence received via email), has arrived at the Head Office of the NHA on 10 June 2021 at 10h33.  

The NHA will now commence with the process of internal vetting of these documents.