TRC rankings star: Barend Vorster

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Barend Vorster: former Singapore-based South African now in Australia.
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+14 Barend Vorster

Things may not have gone entirely to plan for much-travelled jockey Barend Vorster at Morphettville on Saturday but a G2 double at the main Adelaide venue was enough for the former Singapore-based South African to get this week’s spotlight.

According to the Thoroughbred Racing Commentary’s exclusive global rankings, Vorster’s victories on Shrouded In Mist and Xilong in the Queen of the South and Euclase Stakes respectively earned him a 14pt boost, leaving him on the verge of the world’s top 100 (#107 from #104).

Vorster, who relocated down under in March last year,  is South Australia stable jockey for the father-and-son training partnership of Tony and Calvin McEvoy  (+11pts, #67 from #115), responsible for both Saturday winners. He has ridden 66 winners in a season interrupted by a broken collarbone.

Any celebrations were rather short-lived, however, as stable star Sunlight trailed in last of 16 under Vorster as 11-5 favourite for the feature event, the G1 TAB Classic (Robert Sangster Stakes).

Vorster was lambasted for his efforts on the sprinter, aboard whom he had won the prestigious Newmarket Handicap at Flemington shortly after his arrival in Australia. His tactics in keeping Sunlight wide at Morphettville were defended by the McEvoys as a team plan.

Higher up the charts, world number two Christophe Lemaire (1,073pts)  is now only seven points off world leader Frankie Dettori (1,080pts) following his 29th G1 success on the JRA circuit with Fierement’s last-gasp triumph in the Tenno Sho (spring) at Kyoto on Sunday.

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