Australian racing’s unbeaten superstar Black Caviar has been officially rated the world’s best racehorse following the first release of the World Thoroughbred Rankings (WTR) for 2011 by the International Federation of Horse Authorities (IFHA) in Paris today.
Her stunning victory in the Group 1 Lexus Newmarket Handicap (1200m) at Flemington on 12 March 2011 has been rated the best performance by a thoroughbred anywhere in the world for the six month period from 1 October 2010 to 27 March 2011.
The Newmarket triumph, in which she took her unbeaten streak to 10 and became the first mare in over 100 years to carry 58kg or more to victory in Australia’s premier sprint race, earned her an unprecedented rating of 130 from the IFHA.
That rating has seen the Peter Moody-trained four-year-old set a raft of records for the World Thoroughbred Rankings which first commenced in 2002 and take in the performances of horses in all global racing jurisdictions. Black Caviar is now;
• The highest rated sprinter since the World Thoroughbred Rankings commenced eclipsing Oasis Dream (125 in 2003)
• The first sprinter to head the World Thoroughbred Rankings
• The first Australian horse to head the World Thoroughbred Rankings
• The highest rated Australian horse eclipsing So You Think (126 in 2010)
• The equal highest rated mare joining French champion Goldikova (130 in 2009)
Greg Carpenter, Chairman of the ANZ Classifications Committee and Australia’s representative on the World Thoroughbred Rankings Committee, said the result was monumental.
“This is a landmark day for Australian racing with Black Caviar heading the list of the top 50 active thoroughbred racehorses in the world,” Carpenter said.
“Winners at the Dubai World Cup meeting, US Breeders Cup meeting, Hong Kong International meeting and the Arc De Triomphe have all been rated inferior to Black Caviar.
“That helps put into context the enormity of her achievement in winning the Lexus Newmarket Handicap and indeed her amazing sprinting performances over the past six months.
“It is particularly pleasing that she has broken ground for sprinters in the World Thoroughbred Rankings and showcased the growing strength of Australian racing on the world stage.”
USA Breeders Classic (Dirt) winner Blame, the only horse to defeat glamour mare Zenyatta, is the second ranked horse on 129, with Arc de Triomphe winner Workforce (UK) and runner-up Nakayama Festa (Japan) next best on 128 and 127 respectively.
Rounding out the top five ranked horses is former Australian superstar, now Irish-trained So You Think, who achieved a rating of 126 for his victories in the Group 1 Longines Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) and Group 1 Yalumba Classic (2000m) during Melbourne’s Spring Racing Carnival.
A total of five Australian-trained and four Australian-bred horses feature in the list of the world’s top 50 racehorses which was released today.
Three Australian-trained horses, Hay List, Whobegotyou and Zipping, are equal 30th with a rating of 120, whilst Shocking has leapt to equal 44th following his win in the Group 1 Dubai Australian Cup (2000m) under weight-for-age conditions at Flemington on 12 March 2011.
Australian-bred Singapore star Rocket Man improved his rating to 122 with his victory in last weekend’s Group 1 Golden Shaheen (1200m) in Dubai.
He is now equal 11th in the World Thoroughbred Rankings and sits alongside South Africa’s Hong Kong International (1200m) winner JJ The Jet Plane as the equal second highest sprinter.
They are marginally ahead of Hong Kong’s Australian-bred sprinting hero Sacred Kingdom, who is equal 16th with Emirates Melbourne Cup winner Americain on a rating of 121.
The other Australian-bred horse to make the top 50 is prolific Singapore winner Better Than Ever who sits equal 44th with Shocking for Melbourne Cup-winning trainer Laurie Laxon.
“For Australian trained and bred horses to make up such a significant component of the world’s top 50 racehorses is a terrific advertisement for our breeding and racing industries,” Carpenter said.
“These rankings further strengthen Australia’s standing as the world’s premier sprinting nation, although it is particularly pleasing to see the winners of our elite middle distance and staying races figure so prominently in the rankings too.
“We are looking forward to seeing Black Caviar continue her campaign throughout 2011 and for So You Think to commence racing in Europe where he could improve his ranking also.”
Black Caviar is unbeaten in 11 starts after claiming her fourth straight Group 1 victory at Moonee Valley (Melbourne) last Friday night in the Pulse Pharmacy William Reid Stakes. Her next appearance will be in the Group 1 T.J. Smith Stakes (1200m) at Randwick (Sydney) on 9 April.
For a full list of the World Thoroughbred Rankings visit www.horseracingintfed.com.