• The week’s significant milestones
1-2 Francis Lui
Hong Kong: Trainer Francis Lui enjoyed a notable one-two when he saddled Golden Sixty to beat More Than This in the HK Classic Mile, the first leg of the region’s Four-Year-Old Classic series, at Sha Tin’s Chinese New Year meeting on 27 January. Vincent Ho rode the winner, with Ryan Moore on the runner-up, who was unbeaten in three starts for former trainer Richard Fahey in the UK.
8 Kozzi Asano
New Zealand: Japanese apprentice Kozzi Asano won eight straight races across two racecards. Asano rode the last five winners of an all-apprentice card at New Plymouth on Thursday 16 January before scoring a hat-trick in the first three races at Gore two days later. The 28-year-old is well clear in the NZ premiership race.
4 in 8 Hollie Doyle
GB: Jockey Hollie Doyle has started the new year going great guns on the all-weather. She completed her fourth treble in eight days with three winners (one at Lingfield Park, two at Kempton Park) to continue where she left off in 2019, when she established a new record for a female rider in Britain with 116 victories.
128 Crystal Ocean, Enable and Waldgeist
For the first time, there was a three-way tie at the head of the Longines-sponsored World’s Best Racehorse Rankings, unveiled in London on 22 January. The ranking of 128 for Crystal Ocean. Enable and Waldgeist is the joint-lowest in four decades; on a mark of 123, Arc third Sottsass was rated the worst champion three-year-old since the classifications began in 1977.
With a mark of 128 in Britain’s two-year-old ratings, Godolphin’s son of Shamardal earned the highest juvenile rating for 25 years since Celtic Swing’s 130 in 1994. Charlie Appleby’s unbeaten colt was 10lb clear of the next best.