lizard's desire, 14th in world thoroughbred rankings 2010
lizard's desire, 14th in world thoroughbred rankings 2010

Lizard’s Desire - 14th in World Thoroughbred Rankings

(Photo : Singapore Turf Club)

PORT ELIZABETH HAS ANOTHER CONTENDER

Just over a year ago, a graduate of the Summerhill paddocks, Paris Perfect, flew our flag in the richest race in the world, the Dubai World Cup, in finishing a gallant third to Well Armed, who the previous year had gotten a head in front  of our resident sire, A.P.Arrow, in the same event. This catapulted Paris Perfect, a previous Horse Of The Year in the Eastern Cape, into the upper echelons of the best racehorses in the world.

Current World Thoroughbred rankings, calculated to the end of May, reveal another East Cape graduate, Lizard’s Desire among the top twenty. In fact, he ranks at 14th. Knowing the international ratings prejudice against horses from the southern hemisphere, he might even be better than rated following his exceptional showings in this year’s edition of the Dubai World Cup, Hong Kong’s Queen Elizabeth Stakes and the Singapore Airlines Cup a fortnight ago.

Given that he was a long way behind the top horses in this country (having won the East Cape Derby (Gr.3), and run a well beaten second in the KZN Derby (Gr.2), we wonder where an animal likePocket Power would rank if the world were to turn its radar screen in this direction. For that matter, when it comes to three year olds, and with all the attention on England’s Epsom Derby, and America’s Belmont Stakes this weekend, ask yourself where the likes of Pierre Jourdan, Noordhoek Flyer, Bravura, Irish Flame and Bold Silvano would stand with their international contemporaries.

2010 world thoroughbred rankings
2010 world thoroughbred rankings

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THE WORLD THOROUGHBRED RANKINGS

1 December 2009 - 23 May 2010

#

Rating

Horse

Country

YOF

Sex

Trainer

1

126

QUALITY ROAD

USA

2006

C

Todd Pletcher

2

124

BYWORD

GB

2006

C

Andre Fabre

2

124

PACO BOY

IRE

2005

H

Richard Hannon

2

124

ZENYATTA

USA

2004

M

John Shirreffs

5

123

ESKENDEREYA

USA

2007

C

Todd Pletcher

5

123

FAME AND GLORY

GB

2006

C

Aidan O’Brein

5

123

GOLDIKOVA

IRE

2005

M

Freddy Head

5

123

VISION D’ETAT

FR

2005

H

Eric Libaud

9

122

CRANFORD CLIFFS

IRE

2007

C

Richard Hannon

9

122

DREAM JOURNEY

JPN

2004

H

Yasutoshi Ikee

9

122

GOOD BA BA

USA

2002

G

Derek Cruz

9

122

MAKFI

GB

2007

C

Mikel Delzangles

9

122

SACRED KINGDOM

AUS

2003

G

Ricky Yiu

14

121

LIZARD’S DESIRE

SAF

2006

G

Mike de Kock

15

120

COLLECTION

IRE

2005

G

John Moore

15

120

GLORIA DA CAMPEAO

BRZ

2003

H

Pascal Bary

15

120

KINSALE KING

USA

2005

H

Carl O’Callaghan

15

120

LOPE DE VEGA

IRE

2007

C

Andre Fabre

15

120

PRESVIS

GB

2004

G

Luca Cumani

15

120

SPANISH MOON

USA

2004

H

Sir Michael Stoute

15

120

SUPER SAVER

USA

2007

C

Todd Pletcher

International Federation of Horseracing Authorities