Black Caviar has confirmed her title as the world’s greatest mare as the highest rated of the six Australian-trained horses topping categories in the newly released 2012 World Thoroughbred Rankings in London this week.
A near flawless 140 ranking for the now retired UK champion Frankel, the highest since Dancing Brave (141) in 1986, saw the Galileo stallion top the overall rankings while our own superstar Black Caviar, prepared in Melbourne by Peter Moody, was awarded the title of world’s best sprinter for the third straight year with her impressive rating of 130.
The undefeated daughter of Bel Esprit, last seen dominating the world stage with her successful international debut in the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes (1207m) at Royal Ascot in June, boasts an impeccable record of 22 runs for 22 wins which has seen her earn an incredible $6.8 million in prize money to date.
It wasn’t Black Caviar’s gritty European win, one of six for the year including five Group 1’s, which earned her 130 rating however but her Group 1 Lightning Stakes down the 1000m at Flemington where she easily accounted for Hay List.
That was her second straight Lightning Stakes win, the Victorian Racing Club (VRC) renaming the race in 2013 to the Black Caviar Lightning in her honour, and she will be there on February 16 to defend her title again in what is expected to be her swansong season.
Racing Victoria’s chief handicapper and Australia’s WTR Committee representative Greg Carpenter explained Black Caviar’s rating reflected the quality of her rivals in the Lightning including and confirmed her position as the “greatest female equine” of our time.
“It confirms her position as the greatest sprinter and the greatest female equine athlete world racing has seen in the modern era,” Carpenter said.
Hay List was the second highest-rated sprinter in the WTR for last year with 125 thanks to his brave win over Queensland star Buffering in the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap at Flemington in March when carrying a hefty 58.5kg; also earning top spot in the Champion Older Sprinters department.
The injury-prone John McNair-trained galloper’s rating sees Hay List achieve the same ranking as former great Oasis Dream (2003) and Singapore superstar Rocket Man (2011).
It is also the highest rating awarded to a sprinter since his arch nemesis Black Caviar back in 2002.
The next five best rated racehorses were also dominated by wonders from down under with:
- Atlantic Jewel (122) – Mark Kavanagh’s brilliant daughter of Fastnet Rock is undefeated in 7 starts including tow Group 1’s (2011 Thousand Guineas, 2012 All Aged Stakes), currently out with injury looking at a spring return
- Rocket Man (122) – Aussie-bred Viscount seven-year-old prepared in Singapore by Patrick Bernard Shaw, genuine champion with 20 wins and five placings from 26 starts including six Group 1’s
- Sepoy (122) – Former Australian star enjoyed a handful of Group 1 victories down under with Peter Snowden before being sent overseas to see out there career where they failed when 10th in the Dubai Golden Shaheen and 11th in their failed swansong appearance at Newmarket; also awarded Champion 3YO Male Sprinter
- Foxwedge (121) – John O’Shea-trained Sydney galloper won the William Reid Stakes beating Hay List back in March at Moonee Valley before their last in the TJ Smith Stakes next start at Royal Randwick
- Mental (121) – Darley’s Lonhro gelding dominated in their last start during the spring when breaking their Group 1 maiden status with an impressive victory over Sea Siren in the Patinack Farm Classic at Flemington relishing the absence of Black Caviar from the sprint showdown
As well as being named the world’s best sprinter Black Caviar also topped the categories for best Four-Years-Old and Mares Mile (1301m – 1899m) for her stunning victory in the Group 1 CF Orr Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield during February with a ranking of 125.
The next best rated mare in the same category was then Gai Waterhouse’s pin-up girl More Joyous who silenced the critics with her Doncaster Mile triumph last autumn when carrying 57.5kg to a courageous win in the $2 million Sydney feature.
Other Aussie-prepared horses to top categories included Black Caviar’s boom half-brother All Too Hard who was equal with Group 1 English 2000 Guineas winner Camelot in the Champion 3YO Mile (Turf) as well as:
- Atlantic Jewel (Champion 3YO Sprint Filly) with 122 for her Group 2 Sapphire Stakes success back in April
- Mosheen (Champion 3YO Filly Mile) with 117 after the Robert Smerdon-trained mare beat the boys in the Group 1 Australian Guineas over the mile at Flemington in the autumn
- Green Moon (Champion Older Stayer 2701m plus) the Melbourne Cup winner equaling the rating for Japanese champ Orfevre
“While Black Caviar, Hay List, Atlantic Jewel and More Joyous were obvious standout performers, the depth of Australian racing was again shown by the total number of Australian trained horses included in the listings,” Carpenter said of the record 51 Australian-trained horses that qualified for the WTR this year with a rating of 115 or higher.
The number of Australian-trained horses to rate 120 or greater continues to grow with a record number of eight in this elite category in 2012, up from six the year prior, four in 2009 and just two in 2008, which continues this positive progression.”
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