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Sprint to oblivion? Breeding selections pose threat to hardy Thoroughbred stayers

Sprint to oblivion?

Breeding selections pose threat to hardy Thoroughbred stayers

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SPEED MERCHANT, NATURE STRIP

In Australia, where there is an emphasis on early two-year old speed, there were almost twice as many C:C horses among elite race winners in the population compared to Europe and North America (46% compared to 26% and 28%) and there were almost seven times as many C:Cs as T:Ts within the Australian population.

 

(LITTLE WONDER WE CAN PRODUCE SOME OF THE GREAT SPRINTERS OF THE MODERN ERA, WITH SO MANY C:C HORSES BRED IN AUSTRALIA, BUT THIS ALSO CLEARLY EXPLAINS WHY WE CANNOT PRODUCE HIGH QUALITY STAYING HORSES IN THIS COUNTRY. WINX ISN’T A STAYER EITHER BEFORE YOU GO FOR THAT ARGUMENT, SHE’S A MILER / MILE & A 1/4 HORSE. YES SHE WON A 2200M GROUP 1 QLD OAKS, BUT THAT WAS ON SHEER CLASS, AGAINST A WEAK FIELD, NOT ON STAYING ABILITY. TRUE STAYERS HAVE TO BE ABLE TO RUN 2400M-3200M+ IN A STRONG FASHION. OUR RACES DON’T CATER FOR STAYERS EVEN IF THEY DID – THE RACES WOULD BE FULL OF HACKS WHO CAN’T WIN ANY QUALITY OF RACES, SIMILAR TO WHAT BECOMES OF FLAT HORSES WHO FAIL THEN TURN TO JUMPING IN AUSTRALIA, OUR LOCAL BREEDING INDUSTRY DOESN’T BREED STAYERS, THEY BREED THE “C:C HORSES” AS MENTIONED IN THIS ARTICLE)

 

The hardy Thoroughbred stayer could become a thing of the past according to researchers, after findings published this week point to the importance of the so-called “speed gene” in determining race distance.

The findings are said to end any dispute over the central role of the “speed gene”.

However, the research has relevance for the wider Thoroughbred population, given the major influence of the gene.

“Since there is just one gene that is a major player in the sprinting versus staying stakes, it is extremely vulnerable to selection pressures,” says Associate Professor of Equine Science, Emmeline Hill, who is with University College Dublin.

“This has been recognised by the concern in the industry over the potential reduction in genetic diversity by favouring precocious, commercially attractive horses.

“This concern is well justified; the staying type is at serious threat of extinction in the global population.”

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WAS SHOCKING’S MELBOURNE CUP WIN IN 2009 THE LAST TIME WE’LL SEE AN AUSTRALIAN BRED HORSE WIN THE WORLD’S / AUSTRALIA’S GREATEST STAYING RACE – THE MELBOURNE CUP???

Staying types have been found to make up less than 17% of elite race winners in Britain and Ireland and less than 7% of the Australian elite winning population.

“This is a complete reversal from the picture of genetics of the Thoroughbred 150 years ago.”

Hill says it is important that the industry incentivises the breeding and racing of stayers to ensure their ongoing viability in the industry.

Hill led the latest research into the gene, published this week in the Equine Veterinary Journal.

For the study, the genetic and race records of more than 3000 Thoroughbred racehorses who raced in Europe, Australia, South Africa and the USA were analysed. It was found that the myostatin gene, or speed gene, is the almost singular genetic determinant of a horse’s optimum race distance.

The notion of a single gene being responsible for a performance trait in Thoroughbreds has previously been challenged. However, Hill said the new study ended any dispute over the central role of the speed gene.

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“We have replicated and validated our original research findings on a massively larger scale. The power in the numbers has shown that the association of the ‘speed gene’ with race distance is as statistically strong as the most highly genetically influenced traits in humans, including eye colour and the probability of an individual going bald,” she says.

The study found that, in Europe, more than 83% of ‘speed gene’ type C:C (sprint) horses had an optimum race distance of a mile or shorter and more than 89% of T:T (staying) horses ran best over distances greater than a mile. (Full details for all regions are in Figure #1)

The trend was consistent across all race regions but the race pattern influenced the distribution of the speed gene types.

In Australia, where there is an emphasis on early two-year old speed, there were almost twice as many C:C horses among elite race winners in the population compared to Europe and North America (46% compared to 26% and 28%) and there were almost seven times as many C:Cs as T:Ts within the Australian population.

The main differences between sprinters and staying type horses has been shown to be caused by a mutation in the speed gene that alters the rate of muscle growth and fibre type differences in the muscle.

Although myostatin is the most important gene, the latest research has also identified additional genes which have moderate effects on the staying ability of a horse.

Hill says the application of genetics to decision-making about how horses were trained and raced is transforming the industry.

“Our results clearly show that using evidence-based science will lead to more accurate placing of horses in races that are best suited to their genetic potential. Horses are a product of their inherited genetic characteristics as well as the environment.

“The management of the horse is inarguably key in any horse’s success, but DNA differences are the undisputed differences that make them individuals. This genetic information is leading to horses being trained and raced for their genetic potential and is providing a clear economic advantage to owners and trainers,” she says.

Hill, who is also chief science officer at Irish equine science company Plusvital, which provides genetic testing for horses, says the company does not operate its testing services in the sales environment which could further accelerate this trend toward sprint types at the expense of stayers.

“However, it is essential that the industry incentivises the breeding and racing of stayers to reduce the pressure to breed for the sales ring.”

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THE WORLD’S GREATEST EVER SPRINTER BLACK CAVIAR

DUBAI (MEYDAN) TIPS & BEST BETS – THURSDAY 3 JANUARY 2019

DUBAI (MEYDAN) TIPS & BEST BETS 

THURSDAY 3 JANUARY 2019

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RACE 1: 5.ISPOLINI $2.50

RACE 2: 2.AL SHAMKHAH*** $8.00

RACE 3: 2.HIT THE BID $4.00

RACE 4 GROUP 3 – DUBAWI STAKES: 1.ACE KOREA $15

RACE 5 GROUP 3 – SINGSPIEL STAKES: 3.DEAUVILLE $8

RACE 6: 12.AURUM $4.50

 

BEST BET: R2-2 AL SHAMKHAH $8.00

 

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Dubai World Cup Carnival 2019

The Dubai World Cup Carnival, worth more than US$10 m in prize money across 10 race meetings, runs from January to March every year and is a season of high-class international race days contested by the most high-profile owners, trainers, horses and jockeys in the world. It runs alongside the domestic Racing at Meydan season.

 

The Dubai World Cup Carnival leads to the Dubai World Cup day, the richest day of racing in the world.

 

The major prep for Dubai World Cup day is the Super Saturday meeting, to be held on Saturday March 09, 2019. Super Saturday allows trainers to put the finishing touches to their equine stars before appearing on racing’s biggest stage – Dubai World Cup day. As the official dress rehearsal for the Dubai World Cup it is a major social occasion.

 

Racing Calendar

2018 – 2019 Racing Season Calendar

Racing Calendar

Date

Race Meeting

Post Times

Thursday, 1 November, 2018 Racing at Meydan 6:30pm
Thursday, 8 November, 2018 Racing at Meydan 6:30pm
Thursday, 22 November, 2018 Racing at Meydan 6:30pm
Thursday, 6 December, 2018 Racing at Meydan 6:30pm
Thursday, 20 December, 2018 Racing at Meydan 6:30pm
Thursday, 3 January, 2019 Dubai World Cup Carnival 6:30pm
Saturday, 5 January, 2019 Racing at Meydan 4pm
Thursday, 10 January, 2019 Dubai World Cup Carnival 6:30pm
Thursday, 17 January, 2019 Dubai World Cup Carnival 6:30pm
Saturday, 19 January, 2019 Racing at Meydan 4pm
Thursday, 24 January, 2019 Dubai World Cup Carnival 6:30pm
Thursday, 31 January, 2019 Dubai World Cup Carnival 6:30pm
Saturday, 2 February, 2019 Racing at Meydan 4pm
Thursday, 7 February, 2019 Dubai World Cup Carnival 6:30pm
Thursday, 14 February, 2019 Dubai World Cup Carnival 6:30pm
Thursday, 21 February, 2019 Dubai World Cup Carnival 6:30pm
Thursday, 28 February, 2019 Dubai World Cup Carnival 6:30pm
Saturday, 2 March, 2019 Racing at Meydan 4pm
Saturday, 9 March, 2019 Dubai World Cup Carnival – Super Saturday 4:00pm
Thursday, 14 March, 2019 Racing at Meydan 6:30pm
Saturday, 30 March, 2019 Dubai World Cup 3:45pm

SAEED BIN SUROOR’S 3 TO FOLLOW FOR 2019 DUBAI WORLD CUP CARNIVAL

SAEED BIN SUROOR’S 3 TO FOLLOW FOR 2019 DUBAI WORLD CUP CARNIVAL

Godolphin trainer Saeed bin Suroor has nominated three horses to follow at the Dubai World Cup Carnival, which commences with an attractive card at Meydan on Thursday, 3 January.

 

 

Heading his list is the G1 Prix Jean-Luc Lagadere winner Royal Marine, who Saeed believes has the potential to develop into a G2 UAE Derby contender — but all hinges on the colt’s ability to handle the dirt.

 

 

“He is a lovely colt, who has done very well since arriving here in Dubai,” the trainer pointed out.

 

 

“The plan is to run him next week in the UAE 2000 Guineas Trial at Meydan to see how he runs on a dirt surface. If he performs well on it, then we will press ahead with the Guineas here in Dubai, and after that, the Derby.

 

 

“But first, he must show us he is comfortable running on dirt,” he added.

 

 

Not all horses handle the surface, as seen only last year when Godolphin’s Masar failed on dirt at Meydan prior to his return to Britain, where he won Newmarket’s G3 Craven Stakes by nine lengths and then triumphed in the G1 Derby at Epsom.

 

 

The revamped Dubai World Cup Carnival extends to 10 race days and concludes with ‘Super Saturday,’ on Saturday, 9 March, a fixture widely used as a dress rehearsal for the rich Dubai World Cup card, on Saturday, 30 March.

 

 

Saeed bin Suroor’s three to follow at the Dubai World Cup Carnival are:

ASOOF: 4yo bay filly (Dubawi – Lady’s Purse): A progressive filly, who finished third in a strong Newmarket fillies’ maiden last season (Arc runner-up Sea Of Class was second in the same race) and then won handicaps at Ripon, Newbury and Nottingham. Saeed said: “She is only a small filly but she has a good attitude and can make her mark at the Carnival.”

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ROYAL MARINE: 3yo bay colt (Raven’s Pass – Inner Secret): Two wins from three starts, including a Doncaster maiden and a G1 victory at Longchamp on Arc Day in October. He is a half-brother to the useful Secret Ambition. Initial target is the UAE Derby, providing he handles dirt track.

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LESHLAA: 5yo Chestnut colt (Street Cry – Vine Street): Has won four of his 16 starts but two runs stand out, and neither was a win. He finished fifth in Royal Ascot’s Britannia Handicap, traditionally one of the most competitive races at the Royal meeting, and he was second in the G3 Dubai Millennium at Meydan. He also won a Listed race in Turkey. Saeed said: “I want to see him again in his work before nominating a target for him”

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APPLEBY PICKS 3 TO FOLLOW FOR THE 2019 DUBAI WORLD CUP CARNIVAL

APPLEBY PICKS 3 TO FOLLOW FOR THE 2019 DUBAI WORLD CUP CARNIVAL

Godolphin trainer Charlie Appleby believes there is unfinished business for talented sprinter Blue Point on this year’s Dubai World Cup night at Meydan on Saturday, 30 March. He will be out to prove a point, if you will pardon the pun. 

 

 

Last March, the son of Shamardal arrived at the start for the G1 Al Quoz Sprint, only to be withdrawn on veterinary grounds. A small trickle of blood had been detected.

 

 

In the event, stablemate Jungle Cat acted as a ‘super sub’ and led the field home in triumph, and while Appleby was delighted, he is of the opinion that Blue Point can return and claim the prize this year.

 

 

The high point to Blue Point’s 2018 season was his sterling win in Royal Ascot’s G1 King’s Stand Stakes. The decision for him to be kept in training as a five-year-old is expected to prove lucrative, with the Al Quoz being a perfect target to get the ball rolling.

 

 

Appleby has picked out the Meydan Sprint on Thursday, 14 February, as his prep race — he was second in last year.

 

 

Appleby’s three to follow at the Dubai World Cup Carnival are:

ART SONG: 3yo bay colt (Scat Daddy – Practice): Showed himself to be a colt of potential when winning a 1m Kempton Park novice (on Polytrack) with something in hand. Appleby said: “He’s a horse I hold in high regard. I have earmarked the Al Bastakiya Trial, on Thursday, 24 January, as a starting point for him in Dubai. On breeding, he should be suited by the dirt.”

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BLUE POINT: 5yo bay colt (Shamardal – Scarlett Rose): Withdrawn at the start of last year’s G1 Al Quoz Sprint on veterinary grounds and bounced back from a troubled trip to Hong Kong to win the G1 King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot. Appleby said: “The plan is to have one run before the Al Quoz Sprint on Dubai World Cup night, in the Meydan Sprint on Thursday, 14 February.”

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LOXLEY: 4yo bay colt (New Approach – Lady Marian): Won the G2 Grand Prix de Deauville, over an extended mile and a half, but failed to get the trip when 10th in the G1 Doncaster St Leger. Ran well when second in the G2 Prix Dollar at Longchamp. Appleby said: “We will look at the G1 Jebel Hatta on ‘Super Saturday’ for him, which should lead nicely into the G1 Dubai Turf on Dubai World Cup night. I feel the distance (9f) will suit, as we saw in the Prix Dollar.”

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2018 QATAR PRIX DE L’ARC DE TRIOMPHE FIELD, ODDS & TIPS

(1:05AM AEDST , 12:05AM AEST – MONDAY MORNING 08/10/18)

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Qatar Prix De L’Arc De Triomphe
€4,999,999 (AU$8,142,552.09)

3yo+

1m 4f

GROUP 1

19 runners

Going: Good to Firm

(1:05AM AEDST , 12:05AM AEST – MONDAY MORNING 08/10/18)

Draw

Horse

Weight

Jockey

Trainer

1

18

DEFOE 59,5kg ANDREA ATZENI R. VARIAN

2

07

SALOUEN 59,5kg OISIN MURPHY S. KIRK

3

04

CAPRI 59,5kg DONNACHA O’BRIEN AP. O’BRIEN

4

10

WAY TO PARIS 59,5kg GERALD MOSSE A. MARCIALIS

5

13

WALDGEIS-T 59,5kg PIERRE-CHARLES BOUDOT A. FABRE (S)

6

09

CLOTH OF STARS 59,5kg VINCENT CHEMINAUD A. FABRE (S)

7

08

TALISMAN-IC 59,5kg MICKAEL BARZALONA A. FABRE (S)

8

05

TIBERIAN 59,5kg WILLIAM BUICK A. COUETIL (S)

9

01

CLINCHER 59,5kg YUTAKA TAKE H. MIYAMOTO

10

06

ENABLE 58 kg LANFRANCO DETTORI J. GOSDEN

11

11

NEUFBOSC 56,5kg CRISTIAN DEMURO MME P. BRANDT

12

02

PATASCOY 56,5kg OLIVIER PESLIER X. THOMAS DEMEAULTE

13

14

KEW GARDENS 56,5kg RYAN-LEE MOORE AP. O’BRIEN

14

19

STUDY OF MAN 56,5kg STEPHANE PASQUIER P. BARY (S)

15

17

LOUIS D’OR 56,5kg ANTOINE HAMELIN T. CASTANHEIRA (S)

16

12

HUNTING HORN 56,5kg JAMES-ANTHONY HEFFERNAN AP. O’BRIEN

17

03

NELSON 56,5kg MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER HUSSEY AP. O’BRIEN

18

16

MAGICAL 55 kg WAYNE-MARTIN LORDAN AP. O’BRIEN

19

15

SEA OF CLASS 55 kg JAMES WILLIAM DOYLE WJ HAGGAS

1.DEFOE:

Trainer: Roger Varian

Jockey: Andrea Atzeni

Odds: $41.00

Group One wins: None

This son of Arc winner Dalakhani was back to his previously progressive form of last season in the wet spring, capped by victory in the Jockey Club Cup at Newmarket in May.

His dislike for fast ground was illustrated by defeat in the Tattersalls Gold Cup behind Lancaster Bomber in May and he was kept at home during the summer.

There is not a lot wrong with his comeback second in the Grosser Preis Von Baden, when surrendering ground on the home turn to finish a neck behind Godolphin’s Best Solution, but looks unlikely to get the testing conditions he needs.

2.SALOUEN:

Trainer: Sylvester Kirk

Jockey: Oisin Murphy

Odds: $67.00

Group One wins: None

Seems capable of ssecuring a place without winning at whatever level he sets his sights at, going particularly close behind Cracksman under a masterful Silvestre De Sousa ride in the Coronation Cup at Epsom in June and ran bravely against Waldgeist at Saint-Cloud in the summer.

Has not gone forward in two subsequent efforts.

Snaffling a minor place, if not out of the question, is the best he can hope for.

3.CAPRI:

Trainer: Aidan O’Brien

Jockey: Donnacha O’Brien

Odds: $17.00

Group One wins: Irish Derby, St Leger

A missing man for much of this season but as interesting as any of those at a big price.

Won what now looks an outstanding contest in last year’s St Leger and best forgiven beating only one home when reappearing just a fortnight later in the Arc.

Fifth spot behind Waldgeist on a belated comeback in the Prix Foy does not make encouraging reading on paper, but he hit a flat spot and rallied at the end. Capable of much better and is a big price for his achievements.

4.WAY TO PARIS:

Trainer: Antonio Marcialis

Jockey: Gerald Mosse

Odds: $101.00

Group One wins: None

Exactly 30 years since the last Italian-trained Arc winner, Tony Bin, and this would be considerably more of a surprise.

Deserving of a place in the line-up, given he has not been far behind Waldgeist on three occasions this year, most recently in the Prix Foy, but has never looked likely to overhaul that rival and there is no immediately forthcoming reason why that should change here.

5.WALDGEIST:

Trainer: Andre Fabre

Jockey: Pierre-Charles Boudot

Odds: $7.50

Group One wins: Criterium de Saint-Cloud, Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud

No trainer knows what an Arc horse looks like better than Andre Fabre and this son of Galileo appears to have been campaigned as one all season.

Not impressive in the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud when he edged out Coronet, the four-year-old was far more convincing when winning the Prix Foy last month and must be greatly respected.

Whilst the ground is unlikely to be allowed to become lightning fast, it must be a concern whether he is effective on quicker conditions.

6.CLOTH OF STARS:

Trainer: Andre Fabre

Jockey: Vincent Cheminaud

Odds: $26.00

Group One wins: Prix Ganay

Ran a blinder last year to stay on through the field for second behind Enable, but had a much stronger back catalogue of efforts to show than he does this year. Encouragement could be taken from his third behind Waldgeist in the Foy and will have been brought on to peak here but still looks short of what is required.

7.TALISMANIC:

Trainer: Andre Fabre

Jockey: Mickael Barzalona

Odds: $21.00

Group One wins: Breeders’ Cup Turf

Popular performer, not only for his distinctive white markings but for a string of genuine efforts.

Fabre had no complaints with a runner-up placing behind Waldgeist in the Foy but issued some concern about the mile and a half now being a little beyond his capabilities.

Likes to hear his feet rattle, but this is a tougher test than when he won at the Breeders’ Cup.

8.TIBERIAN:

Trainer: Alain Couetil

Jockey: William Buick

Odds: $51.00

Group One wins: None

A fine servant to connections over time, who was a respectable seventh in the Melbourne Cup this time last year.

Unfortunately he is without a win in a year now and a tame fifth in the Grand Prix de Deauville was not a glowing recommendation for his prospects in such company.

9.CLINCHER:

Trainer: Hiroshi Miyamoto

Jockey: Yutaka Take

Odds: $51.00

Group One wins: None

Japanese runners in the Arc always merit respect but not many have arrived with less fanfare in recent years.

A fine third in the Tenno Sho over two miles and has some reasonable middle-distance form, too.

Although his trainer admitted prior to the Prix Foy that he would expect improvement on his next outing, there needs to be an awful lot as he was beaten eight lengths.

10.ENABLE:

Trainer: John Gosden

Jockey: Frankie Dettori

Odds: $2.10

Group One wins: Oaks, Irish Oaks, King George, Yorkshire Oaks, Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe

There was not a more welcome sight all year than seeing this fabulous filly skip to a ready defeat of the high-class Crystal Ocean in the September Stakes at Kempton last month.

A fine winner of the race last year and she ought to strip even fitter after looking as if she had developed into an even more robust specimen on her first run since last October.

Earlier issues with her knees will continue to be a worry but if Gosden has her on the starting line, she will take all the beating.

11.NEUFBOSC:

Trainer: Pia Brandt

Jockey: Christian Demuro

Odds: $34.00

Group One wins: None

Lightly-raced colt who was worn down by Kew Gardens in the Grand Prix de Paris before being put away for the summer. Looked rather rusty under restrained tactics when third in the Prix Niel. Has a lot to prove on form, but represents a shrewd trainer who would not allow him to take part unless she felt he could be competitive.

Not an obvious winner, but not one to underestimate.

12.PATASCOY:

Trainer: Xavier Thomas-Demeaulte

Jockey: Olivier Peslier

Odds: $34.00

Group One wins: None

Appeared from out of the provincial tracks to run a blinder in the French Derby, finishing second behind Study Of Man from a wide draw. Unfortunately, that has not looked much of a race and although his comeback in a tactical race behind Knight To Behold at Deauville was perfectly OK, he just does not look good enough.

13.KEW GARDENS:

Trainer: Aidan O’Brien

Jockey: Ryan Moore

Odds: $11.00

Group One wins: Grand Prix de Paris, St Leger

Had begun to look one to avoid in the Derby trials only to summon a dramatic turnaround, barely looking back since his towering win in the Queen’s Vase at Royal Ascot. The change in tactics from a prominent role, to one being held-up seems to have made all the difference.

Produced an admirable victory in the St Leger and very much deserving of a chance at this level.

Main worry is that following up here after the demands of Doncaster has been beyond other Ballydoyle runners such as Leading Light, Scorpion and Capri and he is not an obviously different specimen.

14.STUDY OF MAN:

Trainer: Pascal Bary

Jockey: Stephane Pasquier

Odds: $34.00

Group One wins: Prix du Jockey Club

Showed a willing attitude in winning the French Derby but has not been smooth sailing since then, suffering fairly heavy defeats in both his Deauville comeback and in the Irish Champion Stakes.

Untried beyond a mile and a quarter and pedigree does not exactly scream that he wants the trip either, so fairly quickly passed by.

15.LOUIS D’OR:

Trainer: Tony Castanheira

Jockey: Antoine Hamelin

Odds: $101.00

Group One wins: None

One win at conditions level in 13 starts probably sums up the prospects of this fellow.

A career-best when outrunning huge odds to be third in the French Derby but has not built on that when his sights have been lowered and seemed not to stay when tried at this trip last time in the Prix Niel.

16.HUNTING HORN:

Trainer: Aidan O’Brien

Jockey: Seamie O’Brien

Odds: $51.00

Group One wins: None

Made a valuable contribution to the O’Brien yard this year, not only winning the Hampton Court Stakes in fine fashion but taking third in the Belmont Derby and struggling to overcome a wide draw in the Secretariat Stakes.

Defeat to Brundtland in the Prix Niel, though, is not Arc-winning form and surely only included as back-up to Kew Gardens.

17.NELSON:

Trainer: Aidan O’Brien

Jockey: Michael Hussey

Odds: $101.00

Group One wins: None

Been on pacemaking duties for Ballydoyle for most of the year and that is the only feasible reason for his inclusion in the field.

18.MAGICAL:

Trainer: Aidan O’Brien

Jockey: Wayne Lordan

Odds: $51.00

Group One wins: None

Might well have got closer to Laurens in the Matron Stakes, but for meeting interference and looks to have been primed to pick up a big prize before the year is out.

However, managing that in such a distinguished line-up would be a lot to ask and although full-sister Rhododendron stayed a mile and a half, she has barely set foot beyond eight furlongs yet.

19.SEA OF CLASS

Trainer: William Haggas

Jockey: James Doyle

Odds: $4.50

Group One wins: Irish Oaks, Yorkshire Oaks

Missed the Oaks at Epsom but certainly made up for lost time and has really gelled with the confident riding of James Doyle.

Bred for the challenge and even his often cautious trainer has warmed to the idea of Paris.

Will not mind the dry spell and although this is a very different assignment to what she has experienced before, she ought to be ready for it.

TIPS:

10.ENABLE*****

19.SEA OF CLASS

14.STUDY OF MAN

13.KEW GARDENS

6.CLOTH OF STARS

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WINX FINALLY ON TOP OF THE WORLD!!!

WINX FINALLY ON TOP OF THE WORLD!!!

With her dominating victory in the LONGINES Queen Elizabeth Stakes (G1)WINX (AUS) [130] is now alone at the top of the third edition of the LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings for 2018.

Two other Aussie horses HAPPY CLAPPER (123) & TRAPEZE ARTIST (123) are also in the World’s Top 10, coming in at =6th!

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LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings
Rank Horse Rating Trained
1 WINX (AUS) 130 AUS
2 GUN RUNNER (USA) 129 USA
3 CRACKSMAN (GB) 125 GB
4 JUSTIFY (USA) 124 USA
4 WEST COAST (USA) 124 USA
6 BENBATL (GB) 123 UAE
6 HAPPY CLAPPER (AUS) 123 AUS
6 THUNDER SNOW (IRE) 123 UAE
6 TRAPEZE ARTIST (AUS) 123 AUS
CRACKSMAN (GB) [125] and JUSTIFY (USA) [124] are also responsible for notable changes near the top of the latest rankings.

Cracksman, who was the co-third highest rated horse of 2017, made his seasonal debut a winning one at the recently reopened ParisLongchamp. The 4-year-old Frankel colt posted an easy four length victory in the Prix Ganay – Prix de l’Inauguration de ParisLongchamp (G1).

Justify, meanwhile, improved his rating to 124 from 120 after winning the Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve (G1)by 2 ½ lengths over GOOD MAGIC (USA) [120]AUDIBLE (USA) [120] was a head back in third. Justify, who is a perfect four-for-four, had previously won the Santa Anita Derby (G1) in his first attempt at stakes company.

On the same day Justify took the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, SAXON WARRIOR (JPN) [121] won the QIPCO 2000 Guineas Stakes (G1) by 1 ½ lengths at Newmarket in his first start of the year. The Deep Impact colt has also won all four of his career starts.

Elsewhere, during Champions Day at Sha Tin, PAKISTAN STAR (GER) [120] won the AP QEII Cup (G1) by three lengths, while IVICTORY (AUS) [120] defeated MR STUNNING (AUS) [120] by a half-length in the Chairman’s Sprint Prize (G1).

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The LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings are compiled by the LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings Committee and published by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA).

For further details on the LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings, please contact:

Nigel Gray, co-chairman, LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings Committee
Head of Handicapping and Race Planning, Hong Kong Jockey Club
Telephone +852 2966 8337
Email nigel.c.gray@hkjc.org.hk

Phillip Smith, co-chairman, LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings Committee
Head of Handicapping, British Horseracing Authority
Telephone +44 1386 834004
mail psmith@britishhorseracing.com

Tom Robbins, chairman, North American Ratings Committee
Executive Vice President, Racing & Industry Relations, Racing Secretary, Del Mar Thoroughbred Club
Telephone +1 858 792 4230
Email tomr@dmtc.com

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The full list and further information on the LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings are available on the IFHA website http://www.ifhaonline.org.

The next edition of the LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings will be published on Thursday 14th June 2018.  

E-Mail : achesser@jockeyclub.com

WINX ROYAL ASCOT BOUND IN 2018

“IF SHE’S 100% AFTER HER AUTUMN CAMPAIGN CULMINATING IN THE QUEEN ELIZABETH STAKES, SHE’LL BE ON A PLANE TO ROYAL ASCOT”

TRAINER Chris Waller has given the strongest indication yet that champion mare Winx could head overseas this year to target feature races at Royal Ascot.

“If she wins the George Ryder by three lengths, and the Queen Elizabeth by two lengths she’ll be on the plane,” Waller said. “She will go if she’s 100 per cent.”

The six-year-old has won 22 consecutive races with her last-start being the 2017 Cox Plate in which she completed a famous hat-trick of victories in Australia’s premier weight-for-age race.

Waller is delighted with how his star mare has returned to the stable in recent weeks.

“She had a gallop this morning and I came back from the Gold Coast to watch it specifically, so I was pretty happy with the way she worked,” he said.

“She’ll have two more gallops and then trial in nine days’ time”

Winx will return to racing in the Apollo Stakes (1400m) at Royal Randwick on February 17.

The 2018 Royal Ascot carnival runs from Tuesday, June 19 through to Saturday, June 23.

Waller hasn’t given any indication which race she is likely to contest if the trip does go ahead, but in all likelihood the race Waller & Winx would target would be the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes, which serves as the traditional opening race on the first day (Tuesday, June 19) of the Royal Ascot carnival.

The Queen Anne Stakes is a mile (1609m) race down the famously lengthy Ascot straight & is run under weight-for-age conditions.

The total prize pool for the race is £685,000 (AU$1,196,375.35), with the winner receiving £388,464 (AU$673,200.35).

Let’s hope the legendary mare can stay fit, healthy & in-form so that we may see her conquer Royal Ascot as the legend Black Caviar did.

HONG KONG HORSE RACING TIPS: WEDNESDAY 27/09/17

Horse Racing Hong Kong

HAPPY VALLEY

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Happy Valley

Race 1 – Massive Move $11.00

Race 2 – 11 Carry To Win $81.00

Race 3 – 10 City Winner $6.00

Race 4 – Born To Race $3.00

Race 5 – Beauty Connection $4.60

Race 6 – Winners Follow Me $41

Race 7 – 12 Kiram $4.80

Race 8 – Who Else But You $9.00

BEST BET: RACE 4 – 2 BORN TO RACE $3.00

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