The Thoroughbred World Rankings were issued in the early hours of this morning and they were topped by Sheikh Hamdan’s Argentinean-bred Invasor, winner of the Dubai World Cup and Breeders Cup Classic. He was rated off a mark of 133.
Not far behind (bearing in mind the weight-for-age differential) is the English Derby winner Authorized (126), the Kentucky Derby winner, Street Sense, and his nemesis in the Preakness Stakes, Curlin (both 125).
Interestingly, the top six sprinter in the world is the Australian-bred Take Over Target (119) ahead of Mythical Flight (117) and Tuesday’s Royal Ascot winner, the Australian filly Miss Andretti (117). As she took on Take Over Target at levels (with a sex allowance) on Tuesday and won by more than two lengths, you have to think she must now rate the best in the world.
She’d need to wear her crown lightly however, as South Africans would like to believe that Mythical Flight is up there with the best, and if the attractions of Paris are sufficiently strong to keep Miss Andretti in Europe until the first Sunday in October, the racing world will have something to savour when the two of them clash in the Prix de l’Abbaye on Arc day.
For us it’s all quite remarkable, this international racing thing, and what it does tell us is that for decades now the Northern hemisphere handicappers (and particularly the European handicappers) have been ignoring the virtues of Southern hemisphere-performed horses.
That said, it’s also evident that the Americans don’t get a fair crack of the whip either, yet they will have to leave the sanctuary of their own turf and take on the Europeans on their patch if there is going to be any disturbance of the status quo.