TRC rankings star: James McDonald

• Most notable mover on Thoroughbred Racing Commentary’s global rankings

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Five-timer: James McDonald stole the show at Rosehill on Saturday. Photo: ATC

+8 James McDonald

Thanks mainly (but not exclusively) to the ongoing exploits of Jamie Richards and Opie Bosson, the Kiwi racing community has been a major player in this slot in recent weeks.

This time it’s the turn of top Sydney-based jockey James McDonald, who enjoyed a red-lettter day with five winners on a nine-race card at Rosehill’s showpiece Saturday meeting.

Okay, the New Zealander may not have landed the G1 Coolmore Classic – that went to an unlikely suspect in former Wesley Ward-trained Royal Ascot winner Con Te Partiro – but he went home with four lesser Group races poached.

With an 8pt gain on Thoroughbred Racing Commentary’s exclusive global rankings, the 28-year-old breaks into the world’s top ten (#10 from #12). He currently leads the New South Wales metro premiership with 62.5 victories (a half-point for a dead-heat in Australia).

While there were only four G1 races last week across the globe, the richest race was the A$5 million ($3m/£2.45m) All-Star Mile at Caulfield – a G1 in all but name, yet ineligible for Group status yet as it was only the second edition of a race where the bulk of the field is selected by public vote.

It resulted in a notable one-two for the Western Australian-based team of Grant and Alana Williams, for whom Regal Power held off stablemate Superstorm.

With a 5pt gain, the husband-and-wife combo climbed to #37 (from #41) on the trainers’ list while owners Peters Investment are knocking on the door of the top ten (#12 from #13).

Other notable developments this week on the global rankings see Japan’s champion jockey Christophe Lemaire move into second spot ahead of Ryan Moore after the impressive success of Saturnalia in the G2 Kinko Sho. That horse’s sire Lord Kanaloa is #7 among stallions – but only three points adrift of world #3 Frankel.

Visit thoroughbredracing.com for complete global rankings for trainers, owners, jockeys and sires

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