TRC rankings star: Abel Cedillo

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

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Abel Cedillo: four-win day at Santa Anita highlighted a big week. Photo: Benoit

+10 Abel Cedillo

Last week a German-based Kazakh, this week a Californian-based Guatemalan: we are nothing if not a cosmopolitan bunch here at HRP.

After Bauryzhan Murzabayev seven days ago, our star performer from the Thoroughbred Racing Commentary’s exclusive global rankings this time around is jockey Abel Cedillo.

Winning races for fun since the resumption at Santa Anita, he currently lies second in the track’s standings behind Flavien Prat, whom he trails 66-55.

Cedillo landed three Graded stakes last week, which started with a four-timer on Monday’s Memorial Day bank holiday card highlighted by the G1 success of Keeper Ofthe Stars in the Gamely Stakes.

With further Graded successes over last weekend courtesy of Laura’s Light and Fighting Mad, he earns an 10pt boost in the rankings, enough for a big jump to #57 from #76 with a total of 964pts. Frankie Dettori, back in business in Britain this week, retains the #1 spot with 1,081pts.

Cedillo has spent the majority of his US career on the northern California circuit, primarily riding at Golden Gate Fields. After ten years there, he moved south in 2019 and has quickly become a major force on one of the most competitive circuits in the States.

He broke through on a national level in autumn, when he landed his first G1 success on Mongolian Groom in the Awesome Again Stakes. Having tied Prat for the riding title at the Santa Anita autumn meet, Cedillo came out on top at Del Mar’s fall meet.

Elsewhere, can’t let this week slip by without mentioning a new entry, namely Brazilian trainer Olivio Zantedeschi, who enjoyed a remarkable G1 double with his two-year-olds Fast Jet Court and Dashing Court at Cidade Jardim in Sao Paulo. He’s straight in at #304.

Both horses are by the stallion Courtier, a son of Pioneerof The Nile, and carry the silks of Haras Cima. 

Valmir Rocha, who rode Fast Jet Court, is up to #206 from #333 among jockeys, while colleague Vicente Paiva (Dashing Court) dives in at #323.

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