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    This week’s revised handicap ratings finds that the hurdler Black Dragon (95 to 115 +20)heads the list of those with weights raised.
    The manner in which Black Dragon won the recent Fakenham race meant it inevitable that this one would take a hit from the handicpper. However, although there were a few runners as good yardsticks in the race it will be interesting to note this one’s ability to cope with such an increase.

    Hurdlers with ratings increased
    Black Dragon (GB) +20
    Tenor Nivernais (FR) +17
    Our Father (IRE) +14
    Water Garden (FR) +14
    Peckhamecho (IRE) +13
    Well Hello There (IRE) +13

    Chasers with ratings increased
    Penny Max (IRE) +14
    Strongbows Legend (GB) +14
    All For Free (IRE) +12
    Quincy des Pictons (FR) +12
    Hunt Ball (IRE) +11
    Back Bob Back (IRE) +10
    Karingreason (GB) +10

    At the other end of the scale the handicapper has dropped Brampour quickly back to (168 to 162 – 6lbs)
    There is a helpful explanation from Dave Dickinson the handicapper from their BHA site :
    “Now to Brampour. I used to rather like Humble Pie (especially when the late, great Steve Marriott took lead vocals) but it is a bit harder to take these days. Granted the Ladbroke wasn’t run to suit a horse like Brampour, whose strength is his stamina, nor did he like the ground in the opinion of both his rider and trainer. Nevertheless, leaving him going up 9lb would clearly be unfair as the winner Raya Star is only going up 6lb. Handicapping must always be about fairness but what seemed fair a week ago to a horse/jockey combination unbeaten in valuable handicaps hardly looks fair now. So Brampour is dropped to 162”.

    Dave Dickinson used to contribute as journalist and ratings compiler many years ago to the now dead and buried Sporting Chronicle weekly handicap book. He moved across to the BHA and he’s been the man for a long time .[/color:sjhh07d2]
    As was said in the film The Cincinnati kid. Now what was Edward G Robinson’s name in that film ?


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    The handicapper’s revised ratings which do not kick in just yet suited

    All For Free

    who made a quick winning reappearance.
    [see earlier thread for the list of runners raised in the ratings]

    If you were the handicapper would you leave this one on the same revised rating ?

    All For Free won 21st Dec Ludlow H’cap Chase with 7lb penalty (117). Future rating set for 122 prior to the Ludlow win.
    Beat Wester Ross (120) and Mark Twain (119) The various weights and distances between winner and these placed runners would seem to reinforce the new 122 mark. Or does this one still have plenty up its sleave and deserve a further hike.

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