TRC rankings star: Luis Esteves

Most notable mover on Thoroughbred Racing Commentary world rankings

Connections of Classic winner Royal Ship after victory at La Gavea.
Photo: Sylvio Rondinelli/Jockey Club Brasileiro

+16 Luis Esteves

Brazil: Given that trainer Luis Esteves teamed up with jockey Henderson Fernandes for a G1 double on Sunday at La Gavea in Rio, it seems almost unfair to single out one half of the pair for special recognition in this spot.

The trainer/jockey partnership claimed both G1s on the card as the famous racecourse in the shadow of Christ the Redeemer hosted the opening legs of the Carioca Triple Crown for both colts and fillies.

First up came Mais Que Bonita, who scored by a head in the Grande Premio Henrique Possolo, followed by odds-on favourite Royal Ship, who prevailed rather more easily in the GP Estado do Rio de Janeiro for males. Both run over the metric mile, these races are in effect the Rio Guineas.

With only five G1s worldwide last week, Fernandes leapt up the jockeys’ standings on the exclusive Thoroughbred Racing Commentary world rankings to #148 (from #318) as he registered a 22-point gain.

Esteves’s 16-point improvement may not have been quite as dramatic on the rolling rankings, but in moving up to #40 (from #55), he became the highest-ranked South American-based trainer in the world with a total of 969 points.

John Gosden remains number one with 1,076 points, three ahead of Charlie Appleby.

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