No nerves as boom
He doesn't fit the criteria here as a 2022 Derby prospect but he is a new entry to our 4yo ratings after Nervous Witness coasted to a widely-anticipated win on Sunday.
He had performed at the barrier trials like a horse headed for Class 2 and that's the game he brought on Sunday down the straight 1000m under Zac Purton.
His opening figure of 90 on our scale didn't make him anything special but it's worth considering how much more he can add to that when he is under more, or even some, pressure in the final 200m - being eased down impacts final sectional times in a big way!
His win was visually thrilling but for raw figures came in well short of the impressive debut down the straight by Joyful Fortune last year - 93 - but ahead of another memorable debutant winner who was also eased right down, Voyage Warrior, an 86-rater in 2019.
The other nice 4yo to run on opening day was Packing Victory, who rated close to his debut 87 figure in getting the job done. We look forward to seeing him get over further than 1200m.
The current cut off rating for our list is an 85 mark in the current season and we'll update it regularly.