ManduroManduro (turfebrasil)Manduro (Ger) (Monsun {Ger}) was yesterday unveiled the leading horse in the 2007 World Thoroughbred Racehorse Rankings (WTRR), becoming the first German-bred to achieve that feat. In being handed a final rating of 131 pounds, Baron Georg von Ullmann’s celebrity pipped the 129-rated quartet of archrival Dylan Thomas (Ire) (Danehill), G1 Epsom Derby and G1 Juddmonte International S. hero Authorized (Ire) (Montjeu {Ire}) and the leading Stateside champions Invasor (Arg) (Candy Stripes) and Curlin (Smart Strike). Manduro, who is about to embark on his breeding career at Sheikh Mohammed’s Kildangan Stud in Ireland, established a mark two clear of last year’s best achieved by Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s subsequent G1 Dubai World Cup winner Invasor and is the highest since Hawk Wing’s 133-pound tag at the inaugural publication of the WTRR in 2004. Champion of the separate miler and intermediate trip categories courtesy of an unbeaten sequence which took in Longchamp’s G1 Prix d’Ispahan, the G1 Prince of Wales’s S. at Royal Ascot and Deauville’s G1 Prix Jacques le Marois, the Andre Fabre-trained luminary bettered his 2006 rating by 11 pounds after the World Rankings Supervisory Committee’s decision was published by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA).

Nigel Gray, co-chairman of the committee, said yesterday, “His impressive performances in the Prix d’Ispahan and the Prix du Haras de Fresnay le Buffard Jacques Le Marois merited him the title of champion miler in 2007, but his best performance was in defeating Dylan Thomas in the Prince of Wales’s S. over 2000 metres at Royal Ascot. Having established his versatility in winning the [G2] Prix Foy over 2400 metres, it was a great shame that injury prevented him from showing us whether he was as good over that distance as he was over shorter distances.”

Despite the reversal suffered in the Royal meeting’s feature, Susan Magnier and Michael Tabor’s Dylan Thomas made his own headlines in 2007 with four successes at the top level in the G1 Prix Ganay and G1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp, G1 Irish Champion S. at Leopardstown and Ascot’s G1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond S. His 129-pound rating exceeded his 2006 mark by three pounds, and the Committee’s co-chairman Garry O’Gorman paid tribute to the achievements of Ballydoyle’s star turn.

“He is the first horse since Lammtarra in 1995 to achieve the King George—Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe double, and he added the Tattersalls Millions Irish Champion S. to his tally over the shorter distance of 2000 metres,” he said. Over a mile and a half, or the ‘long’ distance division as penned by the Committee, Dylan Thomas shared top honors with Saleh Al Homaizi and Imad Al Sagar’s Authorized, who became the highest-rated Epsom Derby winner since the inception of the WTRR after his five-length Classic romp for the Peter Chapple-Hyam stable. In the previous 10 years, only Sinndar (Ire), who went on to reach a lofty 132 rating in 2000 and the following year’s winner Galileo (Ire), who also finished on 129, has a winner of the blue riband fared so well in the end-of-term classifications.


Extract from Thoroughbred Daily News 16.01.08