TRC rankings star: James McDonald (again)

• Most notable mover on Thoroughbred Racing Commentary’s Global Rankings

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James McDonald took starring role at Rosehill on Saturday. Photo: ATC

+7 James McDonald

With Sydney hosting the majority of the extant Pattern racing, perhaps it should come as little surprise that a couple of our recent friends feature among the most notable movers this week on the Thoroughbred Racing Commentary’s exclusive Global Rankings.

Star of the show, however, has to be the brilliant James McDonald, whose 7pt gain after a Group-race four-timer at Rosehill on Saturday catapults the Kiwi up to #7 (from #10) with a running total of 1,037. World leader Frankie Dettori has 1,082 points.

McDonald’s career high is #5 back in 2016, when he was banned for betting and his fans were doubtless left echoing Martha Reeves and the Vandellas in asking: “Jimmy Mack, when are you coming back?”

Well, he has long since put such travails behind him – and now he leads the NSW metro premiership table with 68.5 victories (they award halves for dead-heats down under).

Jimmy Mack’s Rosehill treble was highlighted by Chris Waller-trained filly Verry Elleegant in the time-honoured Tancred Stakes, the nation’s foremost 1m4f weight-for-age contest. McDonald also struck on Quick Thinker, Night’s Watch and Cascadian. “It was a great day for sure,” said the rider.

Tom Marquand’s temporary move to Sydney continues to pay a rich dividend. After he entered the Top 100 last week for the first time, the jockey’s latest Group-race double at Rosehill with Holyfield and Vegadaze resulted in another leap up the charts (+8pts, #77 from #100).

Another notable mover with a 5pt gain was trainer Hidetaka Onotashi, up to #44 (from #49) after Mozu Superflare’s shock victory via the first G1 DQ for ten years in Japan in the Takamatsunomiya Kinen.

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