Lankan Rupee Retains Position as World’s Best Sprinter

Despite coming third in the Group 1 Darley Classic (1200m) on Saturday, missing out on the win to Terravista by one length, Lankan Rupee looks set to retain his title as the world’s best sprinter.

Lankan Rupee (inside) remains the world's best sprinter despite losing the Darley Classic to Terravista (outside).

Lankan Rupee (inside) remains the world’s best sprinter despite losing the Darley Classic to Terravista (outside). Photo by Sarah Ebbett.

Racing Victoria’s chief sprinting handicapper Neil Jennings said that Terravista would move up to second, rated 119 internationally, following his first Group One win but the gelding would still sit four points shy of Lankan Rupee’s peak rating of 123.

“In terms of an international figure for Terravista, the horse to work through there is the horse that came second, Chautauqua, and internationally he’s about 117/118 and there’s little between them, so Terravista is likely to come out internationally at about 119,” Jennings explained to Racing Victoria.

“Internationally he’s four points lower than the highest Lankan Rupee has been but domestically he’s still going to be a fair way off him, having only won one Group 1 and Lankan has won four.”

Lankan Rupee reached his peak rating of 123 after winning three Group One races in a row during autumn – the Oakleigh Plate (1100m), Newmarket Handicap (1200m), and T.J. Smith Stakes (1200m).

While Terravista laid claims to the title following his strong finish in the 2014 Darley Classic, he still remains a fairway off Lankan Rupee considering it is just the Joe Pride-trained gelding’s first Group One win compared to Lankan Rupee’s fourth.

The five-year will also see his domestic rating increase from 108 to around 111 or 112 following the performance compared to Lankan Rupee’s rating of 119.

Jennings noted that the Darley Classic was one of the best sprint races he had seen in a number of years and the future is nothing but bright for Terravista.

“It will be interesting to see how Terravista returns in the autumn, no doubt if he runs in Melbourne he will then go on to Sydney like the T.J Smith at weight-for-age I’m sure that he and Chautauqua will meet again and I can see that there will be little between them when they next meet,” Jennings said.

“Who knows, this time in 12 months we might be saying that Terravista can potentially go higher than what Lankan Rupee is at 123 internationally but both are very exciting horses.”

Both of the sprinters will be given much-needed rests before returning in the autumn to start all over again.

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