AUSSIES ROCK THE WORLD RANKINGS

Australian horses have made a huge impact in the latest World Thoroughbred Rankings and in an unprecedented result, Black Caviar, Sepoy and Atlantic Jewel all topped their respective categories.

The number of Australian-bred horses recognised by the International Federation of Horse Authorities continues to grow, with no less than 53 making the 2011 ranking list.

These include 15 Aus-breds trained internationally.

The list includes all horses assigned a rating of 115 or higher and in the latest release, five Aus-breds netted a figure of 120 or better.

“It’s always satisfying to see our horses recognised internationally and clearly we have much to be proud of for our 2011 achievements,” Aushorse Chairman Antony Thompson said.

“We have seen momentum build in recent years with the international handicappers recognising the feats of our horses and the weight of numbers continue to grow. The icing on the cake is to have a swelling number of horses at the top end of the list and to have three horses top their respective categories is a wonderful achievement.”

Black Caviar was afforded an interim rating of 130 after her Newmarket Handicap win under 58kg in blinding time in March but the panel deemed her overall feats were even more meritorious, settling on a final figure of 132.

That puts Black Caviar in a league of her own on three different counts. She is the highest rated sprinter ever (exceeding Oasis Dream’s previous benchmark of 125), the highest rated mare ever (topping Goldikova’s 130) and the highest rated Australian trained horse (eclipsing So You Think’s mark of 126 last year).

Sepoy was assessed at 123, making him the Champion 3YO Sprinter in the World last year.

Atlantic Jewel has been assessed at 121, meaning she is the Champion Filly in the intermediate distance category and shares the title of Champion Filly in the mile category.

Hay List (123) and Whobegotyou (120) also topped the 120 mark.

Australia’s highest ranked overseas trained runner was Rocket Man, at a figure of 125.

“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,” Australia’s representative on the WTR Committee Greg Carpenter said.

No less than 47 Australian-trained horses made the list this year, up from 43 in 2010.

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