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Posted 2024-06-11 11:42:06  
Handicappers Drop See It Again's rating after Gold Challenge

The Handicappers of the NHA have seen it fit to drop See It Again's merit rating after his 3rd placed effort in the Gold Challenge. Main Defender was left alone and so was Sandringham Summit with Dave The King rising by 1 point. 


Here's the full release. 

Hollywoodbets Gold Challenge (Grade 1)

DAVE THE KING was adjusted to a merit rating of 127 from 126 after emphatically winning the Grade 1 Hollywoodbets Gold Challenge on WFA terms over 1600m at Hollywoodbets Greyville on Saturday 8 June. It was the runner up COUSIN CASEY who was considered to make for the most suitable line horse, which is the reason for his unchanged mark of 123.

COUSIN CASEY and DAVE THE KING have a lifetime of form with each other, in fact DAVE THE KING had beaten COUSIN CASEY at level weight terms on no less than four occasions over distances from 1400m, 1600m and 2000m prior to the 2024 running of the Grade 1 Hollywoodbets Gold Challenge. So, it is indisputable that DAVE THE KING is superior to the 123 rated COUSIN CASEY on ability (merit). Despite this fact, many experts and commentators (anyone who has commented on this subject) alleged, prior to his win in a Pinnacle on 19 May 2024, that DAVE THE KING was overrated on a rating of 126 by virtue of him being a 3-time winner. This shows a fundamental lack of understanding of the Merit Rating system that has been applied for the last 24 or so years.

SEE IT AGAIN, who failed to confirm the 1-point adjustment he received for his win in the Grade 2 World Sport Betting Greenpoint Stakes in his 3 subsequent performances was dropped that 1 point from 132 to 131.

5th placed GIMMEANOTHERCHANCE was adjusted to 119 from 115 after he finished 1.65 lengths behind the 123 rated line horse, COUSIN CASEY, at WFA terms.

The only other horse to receive a drop in ratings was Al Muthana, who was dropped to 120 from 123. 

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