Ocean Park Tops New Zealand Ratings in 2012

Friday 18 January

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2012 World Thoroughbred Rankings

Once again Frankel(GB) leads the rest of the world, following the release of the World Thoroughbred Rankings (WTR) by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA) on 15 January.

The ratings take into account all Black Type performances worldwide, and a horse must have rated 115 or above to merit inclusion in the list.

New Zealand Trained Horses

For the second year in succession, New Zealand equals its best performance of six horses on the list. Last year’s WTR horses Mufhasa and Jimmy Choux are joined by debutantes Ocean Park, Veyron, Dundeel and Shez Sinsational.

The Gary Hennessy trained Ocean Park enters the list for the first time in spectacular style, achieving a rating of 122 for his performance in the 2012 G1 W.S. Cox Plate. In beating the 3YO All Too Hard by 0.3L carrying 8kg more under the Weight-for-Age conditions, Ocean Park won his fourth Group One race in a row. Ocean Park is due to resume racing at Otaki-Maori on February 23, before campaigning in Dubai and Ireland.

Mufhasa (ex King Mufhasa) has been assigned a rating of 120 for his win in the 2012 G1 Futurity at Caulfield in February. This surpasses his previous best of 119 (in 2011) and makes the Stephen McKee trained 8YO the oldest horse in the list with a rating of 120 or above.

It could be argued that the Linda Laing trained Veyron is one of the world’s most consistent horses. His figure of 118 was achieved in four separate races, with wins in the G1 Waikato Sprint, Otaki Maori WFA, Easter Handicap and most recently the Zabeel Classic.

Although the Murray Baker trained Dundeel (ex It’s A Dundeel) has only had one start in New Zealand, a win in the 2012 Spring Champion Stakes at Randwick was enough to earn him a rating of 115.

The John Bary trained Jimmy Choux enters the list for the second year before retiring to stud. His rating of 115 was achieved for seventh placing  (2.8L) when carrying a 61kg impost in the 2012 Easter Handicap, one of only two starts in 2012.

Although Fillies and Mares are often disadvantaged in the WTR by their weight allowance, the Allan Sharrock  trained Shez Sinsational makes the list for her win in the G2 A.D. Hollindale at the Gold Coast in May. Her rating of 115 would be the equivalent of a 119 rating for a male.

New Zealand Bred Horses

Once again New Zealand is well represented within the horses trained overseas, with 21 New Zealand bred horses making the list.

For the third year in succession, the Aiden O’Brien trained So You Think has been assigned a rating of 126 before he stands his first season at stud in 2013. This again places So You Think in seventh spot on the list, and again is for his win in the G1 Irish Tattersalls Gold Cup.

Ambitious Dragon is the first Hong Kong representative on the list, with a rating of 124 for his win in the Sha Tin Trophy. The hugely popular Tony Millard trained gelding improves on his 2011 figure of 122.

More Joyous improves on her 2011 figure of 120. Gai Waterhouse’s impressive mare earnt a rating of 122 for her win in the 2012 Doncaster Handicap at Randwick.

World’s Best Performers

Topping the list again, and re-writing the record books is the unbeaten Frankel. The Sir Henry Cecil trained stallion, who has been retired to stud, ended the year with a rating of 140. His unbeaten run of 14 starts was highlighted by his rating 140 performances in the Queen Anne and the Juddmonte International. This figure is the highest mark achieved by any horse since Dancing Brave (141) in 1986 before that horse was recently re-assessed to 138. Both Dancing Brave and Frankel were owned by Khalid Abdulla.

Cirrus Des Aigles is next on the list with 131 following wins in the G1 Ganay and Qatar Prix Dollar, and a second to Frankel in the G1 British Champion Stakes.

Third on the list, and confirming her place as the worlds top rated mare and top rated sprinter was Black Caviar, whos figure of 130 was achieved when beating old rival Hay List in the G1 Lightning Stakes at Flemington in February. Also achieving a figure of 130 is Irish trained Excelebration.

A total of 18 racing nations are represented on the list.

Media Contacts:
ANZ Classifications Committee member Dean Nowell 09 299 6127
ANZ Classifications Committee member Brett Scelly 04 576 5092

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