Re-post from Tuesday - The nominees and their ratings
August is banqueting month in the racing industry with lavish award ceremonies marking outstanding achievements from the just-concluded season. The National Equus awards takes place this week, whilst the Cape Breeders and Western Cape Racing held their stylish gala bash at Lanzerac Hotel in Stellenbosch a few days ago.
Followers of this newsletter, which emphasizes speed figures as a way to accurately assess thoroughbred ability, may find it interesting to go through the Cape nominations with their respective speed scores. If the "figs" generate lively debate, that would be great. Seeing the numbers next to big names will also provide a sense of what it takes to be at the top of the class in SA racing in the various categories. Here goes:
Juvenile Colt - Arabian Beat (101), Captain Chaos (90+), Ready To Attack (92+), Redcarpet Captain (94), Seventh Plain (101).
Juvenile Filly - Chestnuts 'n Pearls (91), Lauderdale (92), Petala (90+), Princess Royal (95).
3 year old Colt - Act Of War (104), French Navy (105), Legal Eagle (114), The Conglomerate (108).
3 year old Filly - Alexis (97+), Carry On Alice (113), Cold As Ice (106), Inara (103), Siren's Call (107), Pine Princess (103), Same Jurisdiction (104).
Older Male - Captain America (110), Captain Of All (111+), Futura (112+), Legislate (115).
Older female - Ash Cloud (98), Fly By Night (110), Gallica Rose (95+), Hammies Hooker (109), Jet Belle (105), Jet Supreme (101), Supreme Sunset (97).
Sprinter - Captain Of All (111+), Carry On Alice (113), Daring Dave (104), Gulf Storm (108), Tevez (108), Trip Tease (108).
Middle Distance - Act Of War (104), Captain America (110), French Navy (105), Legal Eagle (114), Legislate (115), Power King (107).
The figures are career best's to date, which can obviously change. Horses' performance levels are seldom static; instead their form is usually in a state of flux, either improving or in decline. Pegging ability precisely based on past performance is vital, but additional factors come into the equation when making predictions. That is what makes this game fascinating - and very tricky! Or as Hall Of Fame jockey Eddie Arcaro put it, "Any horse can get beat on any day." Despite that cautionary note, please accept happy punting wishes for the new racing season to all Interbet clients!
Mark van Deventer