Race of the Week 2017

Black Caviar and Wise Dan rated tops in the world

The recently retired Australian wonder mare BLACK CAVIAR (AUS) (130) retains her status as top racehorse in the world in the Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings just ahead of the crack American gelding WISE DAN (USA) (129) who recently extended his Group 1 winning sequence to five in the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (G1) at Churchill Downs. These extra ordinary racehorses have set a formidable target for the emerging 'Classic' generation of racehorses now appearing in the Northern Hemisphere.
The best performance by a three year old to date in Europe was by the Irish trained colt ( and European champion juvenile of 2012 ) DAWN APPROACH (IRE)(125) who stormed to victory in the Qipco 2000 Guineas (G1) at Newmarket . He is closely followed by another Irish trained colt in MAGICIAN(IRE)(122) who improved considerably on previous form to win the Tattersall's Irish 2000 Guineas (G1) at the Curragh and the promised clash between these two milers at Royal Ascot is a prospect to savour.

Among the staying classic division , there have been a number of promising performances. The Irish trained colt RULER OF THE WORLD (IRE)(120) won the Investec Derby (G1) on only his third racecourse start while the French trained colt INTELLO (GER)(120) atoned for an unlucky defeat in the Poule d'Essai des Poulains (G1) when winning the Prix du Jockey Club (G1) at Chantilly. Equally promising at this juncture is the Japanese three year old colt KIZUNA (JPN) (119) who won the Tokyo Yoshun (Japanese Derby ) recently.

In North America meanwhile , the Triple Crown provided three different winners with ORB (USA)(121) , the winner of the Kentucky Derby (Presented by Yum ! Brands ) (G1) regarded as marginally better at this juncture than the two colts who defeated him subsequently , namely , the Preakness (G1) victor - OXBOW (USA)(119) and the Belmont (G1) winner - PALACE MALICE (USA)(119)

In Asia , two Hong Kong trained horses both achieved career best performances at Kranji racecourse in Singapore . MILITARY ATTACK (IRE)(124) who had previously annexed the Audemars Piguet QE 11 Cup (G1) at Sha Tin, was even more impressive in cantering home in the Singapore Airlines International Cup (G1) while compatriot LUCKY NINE (IRE)(120) comfortably landed the KrisFlyer International Sprint (G1).

South African sprinter WHAT A WINTER (SAF)(120) retained his status as South Africa's best domestic sprinter when winning the Betxchange Computaform Sprint (G1) while top Japanese sprinter LORD KANALOA (120) showed an impressive versatility when going up in distance to win the Yasuda Kinen (G1) at Tokyo racecourse. 


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Seriously? You're going to put down Moonlight Cloud simply because she did poorly in the Breeders Cup Mile?! That's really very disgusting. And while I'm at it why is the onus to travel the world only on Black Caviar? You think Frankel is so great, but he never once raced outside of the UK or in your beloved BC races, so why is he suddenly so much more deserving than Black Caviar? Black Caviar's connections made the effort to send her to Ascot and she won - as has been proven by Royal Delta's own repeatedly poor performances outside the U.S., racing a great horse in another country doesn't automatically mean that horse will do well or will accept the ground. And most horses aren't Red Cadeauxs who can take to traveling easily so international wins are always impressive.
And how can you justify her opposition being poor?
My point: Frankel was the well-deserved top-rated horse in the world last year because he beat world-class competition whereas Black Caviar is undeserving as the top rated horse in the world this year because she really hasn't beaten any world-class competition. So help me understand your point. Do you really believe that three wins in Australia are "hard stats" for justifying that Black Caviar should be the top rated horse in the world??
Struggling to understand your point what would frankels performances have anything to do with black caviar? You seem to just not rate her regardless of the hard stats available that back up her greatness
Black Caviar's narrow head win was not nearly as impresssive as Frankel's 11-length win in the Queen Anne Stakes at Ascot. The Timeform ratings support this. Why Frankel's victory was his second at Ascot, it was pretty obvoious that we were not goign to see Black Caviar ever run a second time at Ascot.
I disagree concerning BC. He win at Ascot was amazing, considerig while watching the race via the internet I thought she would be pulled at the halfway point. It showed at about that time she was in distess yet was never urged from that point on and did it by herself. The whip never touched her and she was never urged. As for Moonlight Cloud finishing eigth in the BC consider she traveled 6,000 miles, was held up in New York because of the storm, and then proceeded to run in one of the deepest BC races in recent memory.
Maybe she was tops in Australia, but she never competed in the Breeders Cup, Dubai Cup, or in the top sprint races in Asia. Her narrow win at Ascot over a filly who then finished no better than 8th place in the Breeders Cup was more overhyped than impressive.
I am very happy to see Military Attack considerably move up this list. His romp in the Singapore Airlines International Cup was one of the most dominating performances I have seen on turf this year.
I see now...must have raced between 12/1 - 6/1. That doesn't excuse them for leaving Gentildonna out.
I wonder how this ranking/points are determined. I am very surprised to not see #2 in the world by Timeform Global CIRRUS DES AIGLES (128) or other ranked fillies/mares like #11 GROUPIE DOLL, #11 SNOW FAIRY, #20 GENTILDONNA.
Three of the top four isn't bad :) Let's hope by the next rankings Wise Dan is on top! Also pleasantly surprised to see Graydar on there

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