• Most notable mover on Thoroughbred Racing Commentary’s Global Rankings
+12 Ben Curtis
After his runaway success in Britain’s winter all-weather championships, Ben Curtis went on record suggesting he would be looking to emphasise quality over quantity once the turf season started.
Well, believe that if you like, but the evidence of the first week following the British resumption suggests the Thirsk-based Irishman is intent on both.
Having recorded 101 winners during the AW campaign, Curtis notched seven winners in seven days last week. Admittedly, all of them came at Newcastle on the Tapeta strip where Curtis reigns supreme, but they included a pair of G3 successes on Dubai Station and Nayef Road (in the rescheduled Pavilion and Sagaro Stakes respectively).
Those winners were trained by northern powerhouses Karl Burke and Mark Johnston, reflective of the fact that Curtis is increasingly the go-to jockey in that part of the country. A massive 12pt boost (#189 from #334) catapults him up the Thoroughbred Racing Commentary’s exclusive global rankings.
With a plethora of qualifying races over six continents last week, there was no shortage of major gains across the racing world. Among the more notable was an 11pt boost (#92 from #128) for jockey Callan Murray in South Africa after the G1 victory of Mike de Kock-trained Hawwaam in the Horse Chestnut Stakes at Turffontein.
Kenichi Ikezoe (+7pt, #95 from #122) also climbs into the Top 100 after partnering Gran Alegria to thwart Almond Eye in Japan’s Yasuda Kinen, while Andrew Balding’s Classic-winning start in the UK is reflected in a 6pt boost (#37 from #45) among trainers, where South African champion Justin Snaith is a notable climber (+9pt, #12 from #18).
The nature of the rankings means there are always likely to be more volatile movements lower down the charts and there were few positional changes in the upper reaches.
However, it is worth noting a significant 4pt boost world #1 sire Dubawi, whose overall total of 1,069 has him 30 clear of second-placed Deep Impact. Although Ghiayyath was Dubawi’s star attraction in the Coronation Cup, he also struck with Ambition in France and Lord North at Haydock.
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