PeterD wrote: Oh Susanna has run her best races over 1800m and further- it makes no sense to adjust her rating for a 1400m race where no-one expected her to run up to the rating earned over her proper trip. She was able to win this because of the huge gap in ability between her and the next best rated filly. Similarly her race in Jhb where she traveled, had not acclimatised, and was probably in need of the run also does not reflect her true ability.
It is all academic as she is reportedly going to stud this season with only the possibility of running in the WFA Garden Province, but it demonstrates the muddled thinking that we have to contend with.
The handicappers should indeed opine on the ratings achieved in each race in order to ensure consistency, but the official rating of a horse which inevitably is earned when running over its optimum trip does not need to be adjusted when a horse runs in races over a sub-optimal trip.