• Most notable mover on Thoroughbred Racing Commentary’s Global Rankings
+10 Wendy Roche
An unusual weekend without a single US graded stake, leaving the extant 13 Group/Graded races split between Australia, Hong Kong and Japan.
Eight of them were on the same Saturday card as Randwick in Sydney hosted Day One of The Championships, where pizza-loving mare Nettoyer delivered a 10pt bump for her trainer Wendy Roche with a shock 40-1 victory in the Doncaster Mile.
Roche, who had never before trained a winner above G3 level, moves up to #204 (from #318) on the trainers’ lists, while jockey James Innes jnr is a new entry among jockeys at #287.
Nettoyer is now due to back-up in Saturday’s Coolmore Legacy Stakes on Day 2 of The Championships, with Glen Boss replacing Innes owing to a long-term commitment. They’ll probably have their work cut out handling the Chirs Waller-trained three-year-old Funstar.
Although the rankings have been tweaked to mitigate potential statistical bias to jurisdictions continuing during the coronavirus crisis, there were several other notable movers among the Sydney ranks. High among them were jockeys Brenton Avdulla (+6pts, #105 from #124) and Nash Rawiller (+5pts, #62 from #69) – plus the ominipresent James McDonald, who continues his rise up the global rankings.
After partnering Australia’s top sprinter Nature Strip to a dominant success in the TJ Smith Stakes, the brilliant Kiwi gets another 3pt gain (#5 from #6) and enters the Top 5 with an index of 1,046. Still above Jimmy Mack are world leader Frankie Dettori (1,084 pts), Christophe Lemaire and Ryan Moore.
Can’t let this week go without mention of Hong Kong’s Vincent Ho. Having made the headlines last month when he partnered Golden Sixty to become the first homegrown rider to ride a Hong Kong Derby winner for 25 years, the former champion apprentice enjoyed another high-profile success on Sunday’s card at Sha Tin with longshot Voyage Warrior in the Sprint Cup.
Okay, that was only a G2 event, but it was enough for another 5pt gain (#69 from #73) for 29-year-old Ho. Trainer Ricky Yiu also got a 7pt lift (#264 from #388) but needs a G1 success to really climb.
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