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LONGINES WORLD'S BEST RACEHORSE RANKINGS - APRIL 2014

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THE WORLD’S BEST RACEHORSES

For 3-year-olds and upwards which raced between 1st January and 10th April 2014

Ranking

Rating

Horse

Age

Sex

Owner

Trainer

1

130

JUST A WAY (JPN)

5

H

Akatsuki Yamatoya

Naosuke Sugai - JPN

2

125

GAME ON DUDE (USA)

7

G

Diamond Pride LLC, Lanni Family Trust, Mercedes Stable LLC & B Schiappa

Bob Baffert - USA

3

124

MILITARY ATTACK (IRE)

6

G

Mr & Mrs Steven Lo Kit Sing

John Moore - HK

4

123

AFRICAN STORY (GB)

7

G

Godolphin

Saeed bin Suroor - UAE

4

123

AKEED MOFEED (GB)

5

H

Pan Sutong

Richard Gibson - HK

4

123

WILL TAKE CHARGE (USA)

4

C

Willis D Horton & Three Chimneys Farm LLC

D Wayne Lukas - USA

7

122

CALIFORNIA CHROME (USA)

3

C

Steven Coburn & Martin Perry

Art Sherman - USA

8

121

KIZUNA (JPN)

4

C

Shinji Maeda

Shozo Sasali - JPN

8

121

LANKAN RUPEE (AUS)

4

G

Teeley Assets Ltd Syndicate

Mick Price - AUS

8

121

LEA (USA)

5

H

Claiborne Farm & Adele B Dilschneider

William I Mott - USA

11

120

GOLD SHIP (JPN)

5

H

Eiichi Kobayashi

Naosuke Sugai - JPN

12

119

GOLD-FUN (IRE)

5

G

Pan Sutong

Richard Gibson - HK

12

119

PALACE MALICE (USA)

4

C

Dogwood Stable

Todd Pletcher - USA

14

118

BLAZING SPEED (GB)

5

G

Fentons Racing Syndicate

Tony Cruz - HK

14

118

BOBAN (AUS)

4

G

M G Dominello, M Pejic, J A O’Neill et al

Chris Waller - AUS

14

118

CARLTON HOUSE (USA)

6

H

The Queen

Gai Waterhouse - AUS

14

118

DAN EXCEL (IRE)

6

G

David Philip Boehm

John Moore - HK

14

118

DOMINANT (IRE)

6

H

10/11 John Moore Trainer Syndicate

John Moore - HK

14

118

FIORENTE (IRE)

6

H

A T Roberts, McClure Ferguson Oman et al

Gai Waterhouse - AUS

14

118

GENTILDONNA (JPN)

5

M

Sunday Racing Co Ltd

Sei Ishizaka - JPN

14

118

LOCHTE (USA)

4

G

Crossed Sabres Farm

Marcus Vitali - USA

14

118

MUKHADRAM (GB)

5

H

Hamdan Al Maktoum

William Haggas - GB

14

118

SAHARA SKY (USA)

6

H

Hollendorfer, Jerry & Lloyd, Kim

Jerry Hollendorfer - USA

14

118

STERLING CITY (AUS)

5

G

Ling Chiu Shing & Gary Ling Kay Wai

John Moore - HK

14

118

VARIETY CLUB (SAF)

5

H

Mrs I Jooste & M J Jooste

Joey Ramsden - SAF

14

118

VERCINGETORIX (SAF)

4

C

Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum

Mike de Kock - UAE

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LONGINES WORLD'S BEST RACEHORSE RANKINGS - MARCH 2014

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THE OFFICIAL LISTING OF THE WORLD’S BEST RACEHORSES

For 3-year-olds and upwards which raced between 1st January and 9th March 2014

GAME ON DUDE (USA) [125], who recently won the Santa Anita Handicap (G1) for a record-breaking third time, heads the first edition of the LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings for 2014.

Already the winner of the “Big ‘Cap” in 2011 and 2013, Game On Dude brought up his hat-trick with a length and three-quarter triumph over last year’s top Dirt 3-year-old, WILL TAKE CHARGE (USA) [123], with the remainder of the field eight lengths and more behind.

Will Take Charge, who had edged out Game On Dude by a head in the Clark Handicap (G1) at Churchill Downs in November, had already shown his well-being this year when finishing a fine second to the progressive LEA (USA) [121] in the Donn Handicap (G1) at Gulfstream Park in February. Lea was following up his success in the Hal’s Hope Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream in January, and put up a career best performance in the Donn, which he won by a length and a half.

The leading three-year-old on dirt so far this year is CAIRO PRINCE (USA) [117]. Now the winner of three of his four races, Cairo Prince made a successful seasonal debut when storming to a 5.75 length success in the Holy Bull Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream in January.

The highest rated performance on Turf in 2014 to date has been put up by MILITARY ATTACK (IRE) [124], who returned to his very best in the Citibank Hong Kong Gold Cup (HK G1) at Sha Tin in February. The winner of the same race in 2013, Military Attack forged clear to score by three lengths from DAN EXCEL (IRE) [118], with DOMINANT (IRE) [118] a close third.

Sharing second spot on Turf are AKEED MOFEED (GB) [123] and JUST A WAY (JPN) [123]. Just A Way had shot to prominence when winning the Tenno Sho (Autumn) (G1) in October from subsequent Japan Cup (G1) heroine Gentildonna, and he returned from a four month absence with a smooth three and a half-length success in the Nakayama Kinen (G2) in early March. 2013 BMW Hong Kong Derby (HK G1) winner Akeed Mofeed put up a courageous weight carrying performance when taking the Centenary Vase (Handicap) (HK G3) under top weight of 133lb.

The top sprinter in the world so far this year is clearly LANKAN RUPEE (AUS) [121]. Now the winner of his last five starts, Lankan Rupee has improved with each of those races, on his last two starts winning the Sportingbet Oakleigh Plate (G1) and the Lexus Newmarket Handicap (G1) convincingly.

FIORENTE (IRE) [118], who gained his first Group 1 success when victorious in the Emirates Melbourne Cup (G1) in November, has returned in fine form with wins in the Carlton Draught Peter Young Stakes (G2) and the Darley Australian Cup (G1). In the latter event, he defeated the 2012 Melbourne Cup winner GREEN MOON (IRE) [116] by half a length.

In Dubai, South African-trained VARIETY CLUB (SAF) [118] made a successful overseas debut in the Firebreak Stakes (G3) at Meydan, in the process producing the best performance on an artificial surface of the year so far. Fellow South African-breds VERCINGETORIX (SAF) [117] and SHEA SHEA (SAF) [116] rank 15th and 20th respectively.

The LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings are compiled by the LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings Committee and published by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA).

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Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings

1 January 2014 - 9 March 2014

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BLACK CAVIAR, WHAT A WINTER AND SHEA SHEA

Black Caviar Horse
Black Caviar Horse

Black Caviar

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WORLD THOROUGHBRED RANKINGS

1 November 2012 - 28 April 2013

Two South African-bred sprinters, What A Winter and Shea Shea, are rated second behind Black Caviar over 1000m on the International Federation Of Racing Authorities’ World Thoroughbred Rankings list.

On the new list, published last month, now-retired Australian wonder-mare Black Caviar is rated 10 points, or five lengths, better than the two South Africans after Shea Shea won the Al Quoz Sprint and the Meydan Sprint in Dubai this year and What A Winter won both the Cape Flying Championship at Kenilworth and the Computaform Sprint at Turffontein.

They are ranked the 28th best horses in the world, whilst Variety Club, ranked 37th, is the only other South African horse to feature on the list.

What A Winter is set to retire to Drakenstein Stud at the end of the season where he’ll join Horse Chestnut, Trippi and Philanthropist in the stallion barn.

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The World Thoroughbred Rankings

1 November 2012 to 28 April 2013

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TIMEFORM GLOBAL RANKINGS 2012

Frankel - Wonder Horse
Frankel - Wonder Horse

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“FRANKEL CONFIRMED AS HIGHEST EVER RATED ON 147”

Ahead of the publication of Timeform’s flagship annual Racehorses of 2012 in March, they have just released their Global Rankings for 2012, confirming that Frankel is the highest-ever-rated horse in Timeform history on 147.

The Sir Henry Cecil-trained colt was awarded that rating following his breathtaking 11-length win in the Queen Anne at Royal Ascot back in June, a success that cemented his status as the leading miler for the second year running. In addition, his later victories in the Juddmonte International and Champion Stakes proved that Frankel was equally as outstanding at ten furlongs as shorter.

Frankel wasn’t the only superstar of 2012, with Australia’s unbeaten mare Black Caviar stretching her winning sequence to twenty-two, rounding off with a dramatic success at Royal Ascot.

Frankel and Black Caviar may have garnered the most headlines in 2012, but there were still some other notable performers. Cirrus des Aigles, beaten less than two lengths by Frankel in the Champion Stakes, became the leading horse in France for the second year running.

Frankel’s old rival Excelebration again made his presence felt in the top mile races that Frankel didn’t contest in 2012, winning the QEII most notably, though even he had to settle for minor honours at the Breeders’ Cup behind American miling sensation Wise Dan, whose essay in Racehorses charts his rise to the top from humble beginnings.

HIGHEST ANNUAL TIMEFORM RATINGS

Timeform

Horse

147

FRANKEL

145

SEA-BIRD

144

BRIGADIER GERARD, TUDOR MINSTREL

142

ABERNANT, RIBOT, WINDY CITY

141

MILL REEF

140

DANCING BRAVE, DUBAI MILLENNIUM, HARBINGER, SEA THE STARS,

SHERGAR, VAGUELY NOBLE

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2011 WORLD THOROUGHBRED RANKINGS

J J The Jet Plane
J J The Jet Plane

J J The Jet Plane (SAF)

(Photo : Hong Kong Jockey Club)

WORLD THOROUGHBRED RANKINGS

#

Rating

Horse

Country

YOF

Sex

1

136

FRANKEL

GB

2008

C

2

132

BLACK CAVIAR

AUS

2006

M

3

128

CIRRUS DES AIGLES

FR

2006

G

3

128

DANEDREAM

GER

2008

F

5

127

CANFORD CLIFFS

IRE

2007

C

5

127

REWILDING

GB

2007

C

7

126

DREAM AHEAD

USA

2008

C

7

126

EXCELEBRATION

IRE

2008

C

7

126

NATHANIEL

IRE

2008

C

7

126

SO YOU THINK

NZ

2006

H

11

125

TWICE OVER

GB

2005

H

11

125

WORKFORCE

GB

2007

C

14

124

DROSSELMEYER

USA

2007

C

14

124

GOLDIKOVA

IRE

2005

M

14

124

ST NICHOLAS ABBEY

IRE

2007

C

17

123

ACCLAMATION

USA

2006

H

17

123

AMERICAIN

USA

2005

H

17

123

ORFEVRE

JPN

2008

C

17

123

SEPOY

AUS

2008

C

17

123

STRONG SUIT

USA

2008

C

17

123

TIZWAY

USA

2005

H

23

122

AMBITIOUS DRAGON

NZ

2006

G

23

122

BEHKABAD

FR

2007

C

23

122

CALEB’S POSSE

USA

2008

C

23

122

CAPE BLANCO

IRE

2007

C

23

122

DICK TURPIN

IRE

2007

C

23

122

GAME ON DUDE

USA

2007

G

23

122

HAY LIST

AUS

2005

G

23

122

J J THE JET PLANE

SAF

2004

G

23

122

MEANDRE

FR

2008

C

23

122

PLANTEUR

IRE

2007

C

23

122

POUR MOI

IRE

2008

C

23

122

RELIABLE MAN

GB

2008

C

23

122

SNOW FAIRY

IRE

2007

F

23

122

TOSDEN JORDAN

JPN

2006

H

23

122

VICTOIRE PISA

JPN

2007

C

SOUTH AFRICAN RUNNERS

#

Rating

Horse

Country

YOF

Sex

23

122

J J THE JET PLANE

SAF

2004

G

80

119

BOLD SILVANO

SAF

2006

H

99

118

IGUGU

AUS

2007

F

99

118

VARIETY CLUB

SAF

2008

C

136

117

WHAT A WINTER

SAF

2007

C

136

117

MUSIR

AUS

2006

H

190

116

DANCEWITHTHEDEVIL

SAF

2006

M

190

116

PIERRE JOURDAN

SAF

2006

G

248

115

BIG CITY LIFE

SAF

2005

H

248

115

BRAVURA

SAF

2006

G

248

115

PAST MASTER

SAF

2006

H

248

115

SHEA SHEA

SAF

2007

C

248

115

THE APACHE

SAF

2007

C

International Federation of Horseracing Authorities

2011 world thoroughbred rankings
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A SOUTH AFRICAN WORLD CHAMPION AT LAST

J J The Jet Plane
J J The Jet Plane

J J The Jet Plane - Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Sprint (Gr1)

(Photo : Hong Kong Jockey Club)

J J THE JET PLANE

“Joint Highest Rated Sprinter” 

The World Thoroughbred Ratings were issued Wednesday, and from a South African perspective, they were a cause celebre, even if only in a single respect. J J The Jet Plane, following his spectacular run in the Hong Kong Sprint last month, is officially the joint highest rated sprinter. That’s some achievement, given that South African horses domestically are not rated at all (which means that the likes of Pocket Power don’t come into the reckoning), and that the ratings committee have a habit of treating horses untried in Europe or North America with less respect than they deserve. You have to be some kind of a performer to make it to the top, and then some. While we’ve mentioned it before, there is a connection with us in JJ’s case. His first five dams and both the grand dam and great grand dam of his sire, Jet Master, all resided here, which reminds us of the value of “family”.

The official world champion (the highest rated horse of the year) is the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Harbinger. His mark of 135 for his success in Ascot’s Gr1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes has only been bettered by three Champions in the past 20 years – Generous (137 in 1991), Peintre Celebre (137 in 1997) and Sea The Stars (136 in 2009).

The son of Juddmonte Farm’s Dansili, now retired to stand at stud in Japan, was a 180,000gns Tattersalls October Yearling Sale purchase by John Warren Bloodstock and raced for Highclere Thoroughbreds.

He was rated 6lb ahead of the best dirt horse, Gr1 Breeders’ Cup Classic victor Blame (Arch), while Quality Road (Elusive Quality) was one of three horses allocated a further 1lb less.

Also on 128 were the joint best three-year-olds, Makfi (Dubawi) and Workforce (King’s Best), both British Classic winners and products of European-based Darley sires.

Multiple Gr1 winners again last season, Goldikova (Anabaa) and Zenyatta (Street Cry) shared top billing as the best older fillies/mares on 125, while the title of top three-year-old filly was split between the French-trained pair Lily Of The Valley (Galileo) and Sarafina (Refuse To Bend), both on 121.

The top European-raced two-year-olds, rated 126, were Dream Ahead (Diktat) and Frankel (Galileo).

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TIMEFORM 140 FOR SIR MICHAEL STOUTE'S HARBINGER

harbinger
harbinger

Harbinger - Timeform 140

(Photo : The Australian/ABC)

TIMEFORM GLOBAL RANKINGS

#

Horse

Trainer

Country

Rank

1

HARBINGER

Sir Michael Stoute

Great Britain

140

2

FRANKEL

Henry Cecil

Great Britain

133

2

GOLDIKOVA

Freddy Head

France

133

2

SO YOU THINK

Bart Cummings

Australia

133

2

WORKFORCE

Sir Michael Stoute

Great |Britain

133

6

NAKAYAMA FESTA

Yoshitaka Ninomiya

Japan

132

7

CANFORD CLIFFS

Richard Hannon

Great Britain

131

7

QUALITY ROAD

Todd Pletcher

USA

131

9

CAPE BLANCO

Aidan O’Brien

Ireland

130

9

FAME AND GLORY

Aidan O’Brien

Ireland

130

9

MAKFI

Mikel Delzangles

France

130

9

SACRED KINGDOM

Ricky Yiu

Homg Kong

130

13

BLAME

Al Stall Jnr

USA

129

13

RIP VAN WINKLE

Aidan O’Brien

Ireland

129

13

ZENYATTA

John Shirreffs

USA

129

13

ZIPPING

Robert Hickmott

Australia

129

17

BLACK CAVIAR

Peter Moody

Australia

128

17

DREAM AHEAD

David Simcock

Great Britain

128

17

PACO BOY

Richard Hannon

Great Britain

128

17

STARSPANGLEDBANNER

Aidan O’Brien

Ireland

128

17

TWICE OVER

Henry Cecil

Great Britain

128

17

WHOBEGOTYOU

Mark Kavanagh

Australia

128

23

UNCLE MO

Todd Pletcher

USA

127

23

CITYSCAPE

Roger Charlton

Great Britain

127

23

DICK TURPIN

Richard Hannon

Great Britain

127

23

EQUIANO

Barry Hills

Great Britain

127

23

GIO PONTI

Christophe Clement

USA

127

23

HAYNESFIELD

Steve Asmussen

USA

127

23

LOOKIN AT LUCKY

Bob Baffert

USA

127

23

MANIFEST

Henry Cecil

Great Britain

127

23

THE USUAL Q T

Jim Cassidy

USA

127

23

VISION D’ETAT

Eric Libaud

France

127

Correct as at 17 November 2010

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STATE OF THE NATION - NATIONAL BREEDERS LOG

summerhill horseriding helmet and gloves
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Summerhill Jockeys helmet

(Photo : Gareth du Plessis) 

“It’s a long, long way to Tipperary”

So the saying goes, but we’d rather be where we are on the National Breeders log than anywhere else right now. They’ll also tell you that “all good things come to an end”, but for us it’s a case of “how we wish they’d never end”. Truth is, the breeding game in this country has never been more competitive, and that’s some statement given the fact that only six farms have ever subscribed their names on the Championship roll in all of recorded history. Only yesterday, the arrival of Syd Birch, a third generation member of the fabled Birch Brothers visited Summerhill to have his mare served, just how pale our six consecutive championships are by comparison with the 60-odd the Birch’s hinged together in the early parts of the last century. No breeding entity anywhere in the world has so completely dominated the affairs of a nation to the degree of the Birch Brothers, and while the level of competition was different in those days, it’s nonetheless one helluva story.

It’s a compliment to the ecumenical nature of our sport that while the competition is tough, we remain the firmest of friends, strange for any business but with a ring of truth in this country. As an illustration of just how competitive it is, an analysis of ‘who’s who” makes interesting reading. A new frontrunner comes in the shape of an old name in game, Klawervlei Stud, which whilst slightly differently spelt, nevertheless harks back to the grandfather of the present incumbent John Koster, who has joined forces with, among others, the biggest owner of racehorses this country’s ever known. Markus Jooste is the founder and CEO of what is now known as the Steinhoff group, the world’s largest “uncle in the furniture business” and as Markus has so often reminded us, he’s got a “heat-seeker right up our asses”.

Highlands Farm Stud is the famous property of the late and much-lamented Graham Beck, Africa’s biggest coal-miner, while Maine Chance farm belongs to the German family Jacobs, renowned for their association with the Jacobs coffee empire and Toblerone chocolate. The biggest diamond and gold miners of their era, the Oppenheimers are double-fisted with the legendary Mauritzfontein Stud and through daughter, Mary Slack, with the enterprising Wilgersbosdrift up the Cape West Coast.

Another formidable challenger is the Lammerskraal Stud of the game reserve king, Mala Mala’s Mike Rattray, who has at his disposal this year one of the strongest sophomore hands they’ve known. While big Port Elizabeth landowners, the Parker family own Ascot Stud, joint winners last season of the breeding achievement award.

If you’re looking for a common factor, you’ll find it in enormous reserves of relatively untapped wealth, and the capacity to mobilize whatever resources it takes to acquire the best in genetics. In many respects, herein lies one of the keys to South Africa’s emergence as a producer of world-class thoroughbreds. We’ve always had the environment, and we’ve always possessed the skills of husbandry, but what has really changed our breeding landscape dramatically, has been the importation of a gene pool vastly superior to anything this country’s ever known. There will of course be those who might question this statement, given the history stretching back to the 50’s of the likes of Drum Beat, Highveldt, Abadan II and Fairthorn, all commanding Timeform ratings of 120 and above, but it’s the sheer numbers of performers at this level that’s made the difference.

It’s also fair to say that the compilers of the world’s most famous rating publication, Timeform were more liberal in the points they awarded to racehorses in those days, which is to say that modernly you really have to earn your stripes. At Summerhill we pretty much benchmarked our stallions on a Timeform rating of 120 plus, as this games about running, and the best way to get there is to use proper runners.

One emerging stud which is still too young to make the top ten, but which is our tip for the next “emerging giant”, is the Rupert family’s Drakenstein Stud, surely the most beautiful property in thoroughbred breeding anywhere in the world. For many years, the Oppenheimers and the Ruperts vied for the title of South Africa’s wealthiest family, one the bastion of Afrikaanerdom, the other the old money of England, and it’s just conceivable that the financial rivalry could witness a second coming on the racecourses of South Africa.

That’s not to say that Summerhill is about to capitulate its spot at the top of the nation’s breeding affairs. While there is an inevitability to the end of every reign, there’s wind in these sails yet, and we still find it in ourselves to leap out of bed before the cock crows every morning in our attempts to keep our pals at bay. By contrast with our colleagues, resources at Summerhill have always been a rather scarce commodity, so we’ve had to rely on whatever other skills and instincts we’ve had at our disposal to give ourselves the edge. As we said yesterday, the wisdom of the experienced and the energy of our youth is behind the splendid storm, and we’ve still got a few shots to fire.

TOP 10 SOUTH AFRICAN BREEDERS

26 November - 28 November 2010

Position

Stud

Earnings (ZAR)

1

SUMMERHILL STUD

4,620,900

2

KLAWERVLEI STUD

2,663,640

3

D COHEN & SONS

2,150,981

4

HIGHLANDS

2,073,835

5

GRAYSTONE STUD

1,754,175

6

LAMMERSKRAAL STUD

1,692,980

7

GARY PLAYER STUD

1,523,043

8

VARSFONTEIN STUD

1,489,970

9

MAINE CHANCE

1,473,330

10

MAURITZFONTEIN STUD

1,384,690

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2010 WORLD THOROUGHBRED RANKINGS

lizard's desire, 14th in world thoroughbred rankings 2010
lizard's desire, 14th in world thoroughbred rankings 2010

Lizard’s Desire - 14th in World Thoroughbred Rankings

(Photo : Singapore Turf Club)

PORT ELIZABETH HAS ANOTHER CONTENDER

Just over a year ago, a graduate of the Summerhill paddocks, Paris Perfect, flew our flag in the richest race in the world, the Dubai World Cup, in finishing a gallant third to Well Armed, who the previous year had gotten a head in front  of our resident sire, A.P.Arrow, in the same event. This catapulted Paris Perfect, a previous Horse Of The Year in the Eastern Cape, into the upper echelons of the best racehorses in the world.

Current World Thoroughbred rankings, calculated to the end of May, reveal another East Cape graduate, Lizard’s Desire among the top twenty. In fact, he ranks at 14th. Knowing the international ratings prejudice against horses from the southern hemisphere, he might even be better than rated following his exceptional showings in this year’s edition of the Dubai World Cup, Hong Kong’s Queen Elizabeth Stakes and the Singapore Airlines Cup a fortnight ago.

Given that he was a long way behind the top horses in this country (having won the East Cape Derby (Gr.3), and run a well beaten second in the KZN Derby (Gr.2), we wonder where an animal likePocket Power would rank if the world were to turn its radar screen in this direction. For that matter, when it comes to three year olds, and with all the attention on England’s Epsom Derby, and America’s Belmont Stakes this weekend, ask yourself where the likes of Pierre Jourdan, Noordhoek Flyer, Bravura, Irish Flame and Bold Silvano would stand with their international contemporaries.

2010 world thoroughbred rankings
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THE WORLD THOROUGHBRED RANKINGS

1 December 2009 - 23 May 2010

#

Rating

Horse

Country

YOF

Sex

Trainer

1

126

QUALITY ROAD

USA

2006

C

Todd Pletcher

2

124

BYWORD

GB

2006

C

Andre Fabre

2

124

PACO BOY

IRE

2005

H

Richard Hannon

2

124

ZENYATTA

USA

2004

M

John Shirreffs

5

123

ESKENDEREYA

USA

2007

C

Todd Pletcher

5

123

FAME AND GLORY

GB

2006

C

Aidan O’Brein

5

123

GOLDIKOVA

IRE

2005

M

Freddy Head

5

123

VISION D’ETAT

FR

2005

H

Eric Libaud

9

122

CRANFORD CLIFFS

IRE

2007

C

Richard Hannon

9

122

DREAM JOURNEY

JPN

2004

H

Yasutoshi Ikee

9

122

GOOD BA BA

USA

2002

G

Derek Cruz

9

122

MAKFI

GB

2007

C

Mikel Delzangles

9

122

SACRED KINGDOM

AUS

2003

G

Ricky Yiu

14

121

LIZARD’S DESIRE

SAF

2006

G

Mike de Kock

15

120

COLLECTION

IRE

2005

G

John Moore

15

120

GLORIA DA CAMPEAO

BRZ

2003

H

Pascal Bary

15

120

KINSALE KING

USA

2005

H

Carl O’Callaghan

15

120

LOPE DE VEGA

IRE

2007

C

Andre Fabre

15

120

PRESVIS

GB

2004

G

Luca Cumani

15

120

SPANISH MOON

USA

2004

H

Sir Michael Stoute

15

120

SUPER SAVER

USA

2007

C

Todd Pletcher

International Federation of Horseracing Authorities

2009 WORLD THOROUGHBRED RANKINGS

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SEA THE STARS TOPS WORLD THOROUGHBRED RANKINGS

2009 has been heralded as ‘A Year of Exceptional Racehorses’ by the panel of handicappers and racing secretaries affiliated to the IFHA (International Federation of Horseracing Authorities) who recently compiled the annual publication of the World Thoroughbred Rankings.

At the unveiling of the World Thoroughbred Rankings yesterday, Christopher Tsui’s outstanding Sea the Stars was officially labeled the World’s top performer in 2009. Handed a rating of 136 pounds by the panel, the six-times Group One winner far exceeded the previous best since the Rankings were launched in 2004 (the highest previously was Manduro who rated 131 in 2007) and fails by just a pound to match the figure given to the French colt Peintre Celebre who was rated 137 in the International Classifications of 1997. The Wertheimers’ brilliant mare Goldikova was next on 130, while the Coolmore duo of Rip Van Winkle and Fame And Glory were awarded ratings of 129 pounds and 128 respectively. The two American starlets Zenyatta and Rachel Alexandra were on 128 and 127 respectively.  

The outstanding colt of 2009 was the remarkable Irish horse Sea The Stars (IRE) [136] who remained undefeated throughout the season in notching up no less than 6 prestigious Group 1 wins in Ireland, England and France. His best performance, in the view of the Handicappers, took place at Leopardstown in the Tattersalls Millions Irish Champion Stakes (Gr1) in September, when he comfortably defeated the impressive Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby winner Fame And Glory (GB) [128] and multiple Group 1 winner Mastercraftsman (IRE) [124].

2009 marked the return of two outstanding fillies from 2008 who achieved even higher rank this year, namely the French-trained Goldikova (IRE) [130] and the North American mare Zenyatta (USA) [128], and also the emergence of another exceptional filly, the North American three year old Rachel Alexandra (USA) [127].

Goldikova (IRE) [130] is the best filly/mare miler since her compatriot Miesque (FR) [132] (1987/1988) over twenty years ago and like that remarkable filly, she has managed to win back to back TVG Breeders’ Cup Miles. However, her best performance, in the view of the Handicappers, was her magnificent romp in the Prix du Haras de Fresney Le Buffard Jacques Le Marois (Gr1) at Deauville in August.

Zenyatta (USA) [128] created history by becoming the first filly/mare ever to win the Breeders’ Cup Classic amid joyous scenes of jubilation at Santa Anita in November, and has now retired unbeaten after 14 wins. She is the highest rated filly/mare on a non turf surface since Inside Information (USA) [129] back in 1995. That was the year that North America joined the International Classification process, and since then no three year old filly on a non turf surface has come near to matching the achievements of Rachel Alexandra (USA) [127], who equally created history in defeating the colts in the Preakness Stakes (Gr1) but whose best performance, the handicappers consider, was in the Haskell Stakes (Gr1) at Monmouth Park in August.

Quite apart from this array of exceptional performers, there were a number of other notable achievements worldwide during 2009. The top older sprinters in the world were Australian trained Scenic Blast (AUS) [122], who travelled to Royal Ascot and won the King’s Stand Stakes (Gr1), having previously won at Group 1 level in the Coolmore Lightning Stakes (Gr1) at Flemington back in January, and the Hong Kong trained gelding Sacred Kingdom (AUS) [122], who won the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Sprint (Gr1) once again but who also travelled overseas and won the Krisflyer International Sprint (SIN Gr1). In the process, he edged out the Singapore trained gelding Rocket Man (AUS) [121], whose performance in this race, even in defeat, was the best performance by a three year old sprinter in the world during 2009.

Sacred Kingdom (AUS) [122] deserves special credit, as 2009 is the third consecutive year in which he has been assessed as either the clear top (in 2007) or the joint top sprinter (in 2008, along with Midnight Lute (USA)) in the world.

Irish three year old colt Rip Van Winkle (IRE) [129] was somewhat overshadowed by compatriot Sea The Stars (IRE) [136], who defeated him in the Coral Eclipse Stakes (Gr1) over ten furlongs, but he was equally good at a mile and his impressive performance in defeating Paco Boy (IRE) [124] in the BGC Sussex Stakes (Gr1) at Goodwood in July has been recognized by the handicappers as the best performance by a three year old miler since Mark of Esteem (GB) [133] back in 1996. His stablemate Yeats (IRE) [122], (half brother to Summerhill’s promising young sire, Solskjaer) created history by becoming the first horse to win 4 Ascot Gold Cups in the process being accorded the accolade of Top Stayer in the world in 2009 a distinction he also shared in 2008.

Rank

Horse

Rating

1

SEA THE STARS (IRE)

136

2

GOLDIKOVA (IRE)

130

3

RIP VAN WINKLE (IRE)

129

4

FAME AND GLORY (GB)

128

4

ZENYATTA (USA)

128

6

RACHEL ALEXANDRA (USA)

127

7

CAVALRYMAN (GB)

125

7

CONDUIT (IRE)

125

7

GIO PONTI (USA)

125

7

GLADIATORUS (USA)

125

7

YOUMZAIN (IRE)

125

Extract from International Federation of Horseracing Authorities

2008 WORLD THOROUGHBRED RACEHORSE RANKINGS

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New Approach (Galileo) owned by Princess Haya of Jordan and Curlin (Smart Strike) owned by Stonestreet Stables LLC & Midnight Cry Stables emerged as the joint-top performers of 2008 after the World Thoroughbred Rankings were revealed in London yesterday.

The TDN reports that both were rated on 130 pounds by the panel of international handicappers, their deadlock coming as a result of New Approach’s six-length success in the Champion Stakes (Gr1) in October at Newmarket and Curlin’s exploits on the dirt when winning the Dubai World Cup (Gr1)at Nad Al Sheba in March as well as the Stephen Foster Handicap (Gr1) at Churchill Downs in June.

New Approach, who also took the Epsom Derby (Gr1) and Irish Champion Stakes (Gr1), was registering his second championship in the rankings, having dominated the two-year-old division in 2007, while Curlin was upped by two pounds from last year’s mark, when he shared the top dirt honors with Invasor.

Raven’s Pass (Elusive Quality), who also raced in the colors of Princess Haya of Jordan when rounding off his three-year-old campaign with successes in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (Gr1) at Ascot in September and Breeders’ Cup Classic (Gr1) on Santa Anita’s Pro-Ride the following month, was a pound behind the dual champions on 129, while His Highness the Aga Khan’s Zarkava (Zamindar) was next best with a rating of 128. That was enough to secure the unbeaten Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (Gr1) heroine the title of the world’s champion of her sex; it’s the highest achieved by a filly or mare since Miesque.

Languishing three pounds behind that stellar performer were Jerome Moss’ unbeaten Zenyatta (Street Cry) - rated the top dirt female on 125 pounds - and the Wertheimer Brothers’ fellow Breeders’ Cup heroine Goldikova (Anabaa).

Garry O’Gorman, senior Irish handicapper and co-chairman of the group of handicappers and racing secretaries who form the World Rankings Supervisory Committee, paid tribute to the distaffers of 2008. “This was a year of exceptional fillies,” Garry O’Gorman said. “Last year, I was excited by Darjina, Rags to Riches and Peeping Fawn, but these have blown them out of the water. Zarkava has been rated the best French filly since Miesque, Goldikova is the best female miler in 10 years and Zenyatta is the best filly in North America this century. Zenyatta and Goldikova both stay in training. Goldikova could emulate Miesque with back-to-back Breeders’ Cup Miles, while we can only dream how good Zenyatta might be.”

Of the remainder, Susan Magnier and Michael Tabor’s five-time Group 1 winner Duke of Marmalade (Danehill) was top of the older horse category on turf with a rating of 127 pounds, while IEAH Stables’ Big Brown (Boundary) was the best sophomore on dirt courtesy of his victories in the first two legs of the Triple Crown. The 123-rated Midnight Lute (Real Quiet) and Sacred Kingdom (Encosta de Lago) shared the top sprinters’ title, while the European trio of Conduit (Dalakhani), Yeats (Sadler’s Wells) and Septimus (Sadler’s Wells) were together on 122 pounds in the stayers’ division.

For the fifth time in 10 years, it was Aidan O’Brien who was responsible for the highest-rated two-year-old colt after Derrick Smith, Susan Magnier and Michael Tabor’s Mastercraftsman (Danehill Dancer) inched the category with a rating of 122 pounds courtesy of his Phoenix Stakes (Gr1) success at The Curragh in August. He eclipsed the same ownership’s Prix Morny (Gr1) and Middle Park Stakes (Gr1) winner Bushranger (Danetime) by a pound, with Paul Reddam’s Racing Post Trophy (Gr1) hero Crowded House (Rainbow Quest) on 120 pounds. George Strawbridge’s unbeaten Rainbow View (Dynaformer) headed the two-year-old filly division with a mark of 118, three pounds clear of Khalid Abdullah’s Prix Marcel Boussac (Gr1) winner Proportional (Beat Hollow).

Matthew Tester, the British Horseracing Authority’s two-year-old handicapper, reflected on a below-par set of ratings for the juvenile crop of 2008. “The mark of 122 is unusually low and results from the lack of an outstanding performance over the year,” he said. “The last time it was below 123 was in 2003 with Bago. I expect Mastercraftsman to become a multiple Group 1 winner, but you’ve got to respect Crowded House. Rainbow View always looked like being the one to beat, and she got her rating from winning the Fillies’ Mile (Gr1). I am totally confident John Gosden will do a suitable job, and I expect her to have a fantastic year.”

HORSE
SIRE
RATING
     
FOUR-YEARS-OLD-PLUS :    
Curlin Smart Srtike 130
Duke of Marmalade (Ire) Danehill 127
Youmzain (Ire) Sinndar (Ire) 125
Zenyatta Street Cry (Ire) 125
Good Ba Ba Lear Fan 124
It’s Gino (Ger) Perugino 124
Papal Bull (GB) Montjeu (Ire) 124
Soldier of Fortune (Ire) Galileo (Ire) 124
     
THREE-YEAR-OLDS :    
New Approach (Ire) Galileo (Ire) 130
Raven’s Pass Elusive Quality 129
Zarkava (Ire) (f) Zamindar 128
Big Brown Boundary 125
Conduit (Ire) Dalakhani (Ire) 125
Goldikova (Ire) (f) Anabaa 125
Henrythenavigator Kingmambo 125
Montmartre (Fr) Montjeu (Ire) 125
     
TWO-YEAR-OLDS :    
Mastercraftsman (Ire) Danehill Dancer (Ire) 122
Bushranger (Ire) Danetime (Ire) 121
Crowded House (GB) Rainbow Quest 120
Intense Focus Giant’s Causeway 119
Naaqoos (GB) Oasis Dream (GB) 119
Finjaan (GB) Royal Applause (GB) 118
Gallagher (GB) Bahamian Bounty (GB) 118
Lord Shanakill Speightstown 118
Milanais (Fr) Dyhim Diamond (Ire) 118
Rainbow View (f) Dynaformer 118
Sayif (Ire) Kheleyf 118
Shaweel (GB) Dansili (GB) 118

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MIKE DE KOCK : Three runners in the World Thoroughbred Top 20

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Mike and Di de Kock (mikedekockracing/earthscan)

Three Mike de Kock runners, Archipenko, Honour Devil and Sun Classique (all joint 14th), feature in the World Thoroughbred Top 20, released by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities.  South African-breds, Jay Peg and Pocket Power, also occupy joint 14th spot.

Dubai Sheema Classic winner Sun Classique is the highest-rated filly in the world, while Honour Devil is fourth among the three-year-olds, headed only by Big Brown, Weekend Hussler and Henrythenavigator.

2008 Dubai World Cup winner Curlin, rated 130 pounds, heads the list of horses for the period 1 November 2007 to 4 May 2008.

The World Thoroughbred Top 20 (IFHA)

1. CURLIN (USA) 2. BIG BROWN (USA) 3. ADMIRE MOON (JPN) 3 SACRED KINGDOM (AUS) 5. GETAWAY (GER) 5. MEISHO SAMSON (JPN) 5.POP ROCK (JPN) 5 RAMONTI (FR) 6. WEEKEND HUSSLER (AUS) 12. HENRYTHENAVIGATOR (USA) 12. MATSURIDA GOGH (JPN) 14 ARCHIPENKO (USA). 14. DAWAI MAJOR (JPN) 14. JAY PEG (SAF) 14 DAIWA MAJOR (JPN) 14. EFFICIENT (NZ) 14. HONOUR DEVIL (ARG) 14 JAY PEG (SAF) 14 KIP DEVILLE (USA) 14. NEW APPROACH (IRE) 14 POCKET POWER (SAF); 14. SUN CLASSIQUE (AUS).

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