• Most notable mover on Thoroughbred Racing Commentary’s Global Rankings
+8 Maxime Guyon
Super-sized racecards and a Group-race glut have marked French racing since last week’s resumption following the coronavirus shutdown – and reigning champion jockey Maxime Guyon did not mess about with a treble as racing resumed at ParisLongchamp on Monday May 11 featuring Shaman (Prix d’Harcourt) and Batwan (Prix de Saint-Georges).
Back at the same venue three days later, he partnered new Prix du Jockey Club favourite Pao Alto to an impressive victory in the Prix la Force.
Put them all together and the 31-year-old earns an 8pt boost (#78 from #98) in the Thoroughbred Racing Commentary’s exclusive global rankings, where his Arc-winning compatriot Pierre-Charles Boudot also moves up four places (+4pts, #16 from #20) following a prolific week with 14 winners.
Perhaps an even more striking move came in the sires’ lists as Lord Kanaloa (+7pts, #4 from #6) jumped into the Top 5. Alongside Almond Eye’s stunning Victoria Mile success, the best sprinter in Japan Racing Association history was also responsible for Danon Smash, who landed the G2 Keio Hai Spring Cup.
Only Dubawi, Galileo – for whom Magic Attitude was a first Group winner of the season from 17 starters – and Deep Impact now stand above Lord Kanaloa in the world list as he moves past Shamardal and Sea The Stars.
With the majority of major riders unable to participate in the Adelaide Carnival, there have been some rich pickings for some of those lower down the food chain in South Australia in recent weeks.
There were five Group races at Morphettville over the weekend, resulting in major boosts for several riders, among them Zac Spain (+9pt, #211 from #337), Georgina Cartwright (+8pt, #176 from #229) and Jason Holder (+8pt, #179 from #246).
Robbie Fradd, the much-travelled South African, earned a 10pt boost (#199 from #316) as he won a G3 at Gold Coast in Queensland on the two-year-old Wisdom Of Water.
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