TRC rankings star: Seamie Heffernan

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

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Seamie Heffernan: Peaceful headlined Ballydoyle four-timer at the Curragh on Saturday.
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+14 Seamie Heffernan

Quarantine restrictions mean Seamie Heffernan won’t be in action at Royal Ascot but Ballydoyle’s longserving understudy hasn’t been messing about on the home front with ten winners in the first seven days after racing returned to Ireland last week.

Mind you, to refer to the 47-year-old as an ‘understudy’ almost seems disrespectful to a jockey with such a glittering CV, which he duly embellished on Saturday at the Curragh with a four-timer featuring all three Group races on the card headed by his fourth Irish 1,000 Guineas success on Peaceful.

As a result, Heffernan earns a 14pt gain (#67 from #92) on the Thoroughbred Racing Commentary’s exclusive global rankings.

Largely thanks to Peaceful, it was a notable week in the legendary career of Coolmore’s supersire Galileo, who established a new record for individual G1 winners. Peaceful was his 85th such winner at the top level; he also gets an 8pt boost in the sires’ rankings, though Dubawi still leads the way.

(Remember, the TRC rankings are a rolling performance index, rather like the golf rankings; they do not represent lifetime achievement – see more here for explanation from their architect James Willoughby.)

Other notable movers this week include Jean-Claude Rouget (+7pt, #72 from #100) and Cristian Demuro (+5pt, #55 from #63) after their G1 double at Chantilly with Sottsass and Tawkeel.

There is also yet another boost for German champion trainer Henk Grewe (+4pt, #52 from #61), while higher up the list, South African title-race leader Sean Tarry enters the Top 30 (+5pt, #29 from #34).

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