Australia’s darling of racing Black Caviar has officially been crowed the best mare in the world, topping her personal best in the 2011 World Thoroughbred Rankings with the highest ever score for a mare in history.
Ace English four-year-old Frankel, a winner of all nine of their career starts to date including five Group 1 showdowns, achieved the highest ranking of any horse with 136 in the 2011 WTR released in London overnight.
Peter Moody’s brilliant Bel Esprit mare Black Caviar, also unbeaten with an incredible 16 from 16 record to her name to date, came in second with her rating raised to 132.
It was a full two points higher than her 130 marking from 2010 making the superlative sprinter officially the highest-ranked mare in history, Black Caviar also named the Champion Sprinter in the World for the second straight year.
During 2011 the ‘Black Flash’ started eight times for eight incredible wins, six at Group 1 level including five straight from February through until May across three states.
Greg Carpenter, Racing Victoria’s chief handicapper and a member of the WTR committee, pointed out that it was Black Caviar’s Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) success at Flemington last March when carrying a hefty 58kg that helped raise her ranking.
“The rating assigned to Black Caviar reflects her absolute dominance in the Newmarket Handicap where she gave weight and trounced her rivals to win in the fastest time ever recorded in the 138-year history of Australia’s iconic sprint race,” Carpenter said.
Black Caviar won the Newmarket Handicap on March 12, 2011 by a commanding three lengths over former Golden Slipper winner Crystal Lily in a blistering time of 1:07.36 seconds.
“The WTR committee finalized her ranking at 132 which is a great result for Black Caviar and her connections and Australian racing,” Carpenter said.
With her 132 ranking Black Caviar broke a plethora of records becoming not only the highest-rated mare in history surpassing Goldikova (130 in 2009), but also the highest-rated sprinter exceeding previous benchmarker Oasis Dream (125 in 2003), and the highest-rated Australian-trained horse leaving Aussie expat and dual Cox Plate hero So You Think (126 in 2010) in her wake.
“She is by far and away the highest-rated sprinter…and she now exceeds the more of Goldikova as the highest-ever ranked mare,” Carpenter continued.
“It’s a remarkable feat.”
Black Caviar is tipped to resume racing in the $200,000 Group 2 Australia Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley on January 27.
There were 351 horses to make the WTR list with a rating of 115 or more, 47 of which were Australian-trained including ace three-year-olds Sepoy and Atlantic Jewel.
With a rating of 123 Sepoy was named the Champion 3YO Sprinter in the World for 2011 thanks to the Darley-owned, Peter Snowden-trained colt’s victories in races including the Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley in September against older rivals, and most recently the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on Victoria Derby Day.
Looking to add another Aussie elite-level to his title in the $350,000 Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) at Caulfield on February 25 during the 2012 Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival, Sepoy is then set to head overseas to embark on an ambitious international campaign starting with the Dubai World Cup Carnival followed by a stint in Europe.
Taking out the Champion 3YO Filly 2011 title was then the Mark Kavanagh-trained Atlantic Jewel with a rating of 121.
The hugely talented daughter of Fastnet Rock from Zabeel mare Regard won last year’s Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) in emphatic fashion at just her fourth career start before the seven length flogging she gave her rivals in the Group 2 Wakeful Stakes (2000m) last-start at Flemington on October 29 during the Melbourne Cup Carnival.
“The 2011 World Thoroughbred Rankings again confirmed Australia as a major player in World Racing and are a stunning advertisement for the quality of Australia’s racing and breeding industries,” Carpenter said.
Other notable Australian-trained gallopers in the WTR list included All Aged Stakes champion Hay List (122), Gai Waterhouse’s glamor mare More Joyous (120), Mark Kavanagh’s weight-for-age hero Whobegotyou (120), Caulfield Guineas champ Helmet (119), the now-retired Shocking (119), the Mick Price-trained Heart of Dreams (118), Ron Leemon’s Caulfield Guineas runner-up Manawanui (118), Caulfield Stakes winner Descarado (117) and Cox Plate third palcegetter Rekindled Interest (117).
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