Black Caviar and Frankel dominated the¬†headlines following the release of the 2011 World Thoroughbred Rankings (WTR) by¬†the International Federation of Horse Authorities in London overnight.
In a remarkable year where Black Caviar won all eight starts including six at Group¬†One level and extended her career winning sequence to 16, the Peter Moody- trained¬†mare was assigned a rating of 132 by the WTR Committee and for the second¬†successive year is the Champion Sprinter in the World.
Black Caviar had been published with an interim rating of 130 after her brilliant win in¬†the Newmarket Handicap in March and in the final listings has had that rating lifted to¬†132.
Australia‚Äôs representative on the WTR Committee, Greg Carpenter said ‚ÄúThe rating¬†assigned to Black Caviar reflects her absolute dominance in the Newmarket Handicap¬†where she gave weight and trounced her rivals to win in the fastest time ever recorded¬†in the 138 year history of Australia‚Äôs iconic sprint race.‚Äù
Australian-bred topped three categories on the Rankings with Sepoy (Elusive Quality) and Atlantic Jewel (Fastnet Rock) heading their respective divisions.
Sepoy was assigned a rating of 123 for his victories against older horses¬†in the Gr 1 Manikato Stakes at WFA and the Gr 2 Caulfield¬†Sprint under handicap conditions against older horses. The Peter Snowden-trained¬†colt was the Champion 3yo Sprinter in the World in 2011.
The son of Elusive Quality is set to contest the G1 Oakleigh Plate over 1100m at ¬†Caulfield next month, before travelling to Dubai for the World Cup Carnival and then¬†will be campaigned in Europe in the major short course sprints.
The Mark Kavanagh-trained Atlantic Jewel was the Champion 3yo Filly in the¬†Intermediate distance category for her 7 length romp in the Gr 2 Wakeful Stakes at¬†Flemington over 2000m.¬†Atlantic Jewel was assigned a rating of 121 for that win, as she was for her brilliant¬†victory over Mosheen in the Gr 1 Thousand Guineas at Caulfield over 1600m.
She shared the title of Champion Filly in the mile category with outstanding French¬†trained filly Immortal Verse (121), who defeated Goldikova in winning the Gr 1 Jacques le Marois against older horses at Deauville in August.
‚ÄúThe 2011 World Thoroughbred Rankings again confirmed Australia as a major player¬†in World Racing and are a stunning advertisement for the quality of Australia‚Äôs racing¬†and breeding industries,‚Äù Carpenter said