I recently posted twice on Sporting Post (www.sportingpost.co.za) on the Merit Rating (MR) system in South Africa. My two posts can be found here and here. The MR system is almost exactly the same as that practised by the BHA (OR - Official Ratings), Australia (BM - Benchmark) and in Hong Kong, Ireland, France and … Continue reading The South African Handicapping System
Sea Cottage competes with Horse Chestnut, Hawaii and Lenin as the best racehorse ever bred in South Africa. Whatever one's opinion on who was the best there is no doubting the absolute quality Sea Cottage showed on the racecourse.
The South African racehorse has been rated consistently by the major rating houses since 2003, but before then we have a sporadic picture of their ability versus international contemporaries. This article attempts to paint a picture of how the SA racehorse has measured up over time beginning in the 1940's.
Sentinel holds the verifiable record for the most stakes races won by a South African racehorse and for over 35 years held the verifiable record for the most wins. He was South African Champion Sprinter for three consecutive years.