According to the latest merit ratings released by the National Horseracing Authority, Legal Eagle is still the best rated horse in the land even after being beaten fair and square in the Sun Met.
Legal Eagle is best over the 1600m trip and the rating is based on those performances rather than the Sun Met performance even though that wasn’t far off his best. He was just outrun over the extra distance.
The real mover is the flying Kannemeyer inmate, Last Winter after he almost came from the back of the field to run down everyone in the Met. He failed to a rather well weighted 3 year old filly who ran the race of her life, in what will likely be her biggest career win, once that has been concluded. It would be hard to top that performance.
Oh Susanna is a 115 rating better than her much vaunted stable mate, Snowdance, who has beaten her previously. Snowdance is only rated a rather low 108. That is sure to change in the upcoming Winter Season, the filly has been confirmed to remain in South Africa along with the Met winner by their respective connections.
The exported Edict Of Nantes is joint 3rd on the list of top rated horses at 118 along with former stablemate Captain America.
The horses with the most wins in the country are Gogetthesheriff and Sudden Surprise, jointly with 13 wins apiece. They are both from the Eastern Cape. Legal Eagle is next best with 12 wins along with two other Eastern Cape stabled horses, Villa Del Largo and All The Bids. Six of the top eight are trained in that region.
Of interest, the horse with the most runs currently in training is Flag Of France with a whopping 109 runs. He does have 9 wins to go with that. The oldest horse in training is the gelding Rand Club at 10 years of age.
The highest rated sand horse is the KZN based Doing It For Dan rated 109, 9 points higher than his grass rating and has 10 wins in total. He is 9 points better of than the next highest rated horses in fellow KZN trained Varbration.