• Most notable mover on Thoroughbred Racing Commentary’s Global Rankings
+10 John Gosden
Given that more than half of the 36 races at an expanded Royal Ascot were qualifying Group races, it makes sense that the most noticeable movers on the Thoroughbred Racing Commentary’s exclusive global rankings did their business in Britain.
The biggest cheese among them, though, is champion trainer John Gosden, whose 10pt gain is enough to reclaim top spot in the world trainers’ list. Gosden was leading trainer at Royal Ascot with six winners, and all of them came in Group company, including a trio of G1s via Lord North, Stradivarius and Palace Pier.
As a result, Gosden leapfrogs Charlie Appleby, who endured a character-building time at the royal meeting, and Chad Brown to jump from #3 to #1 – a position he holds by a point over Appleby.
In pure points terms, Gosden was outdone by his sparring partner Frankie Dettori (+11pt, stays at #1) who rode all three of Gosden’s G1s plus Queen Mary Stakes winner Campanelle.
Jim Crowley (+9pt, #30 from #35) and Adam Kirby (+11pt, #146 from #202) also enjoyed notable gains but Kevin Stott topped the list with a 12pt boost (#174 from #271) after breaking his duck at the top level with Hello Youmain in the Diamond Jubilee.
The rankings work on a ‘rolling’ basis, the algorithm acting in such a way that it is easier to make large points gains from a low base, while higher up the list those who are defending major totals often need to run just to stand still.
However Stott can still take enormous credit from his efforts at Ascot on Saturday – not least as he completed a double on Hey Jonesy in the very next race, the Wokingham Handicap.
On the sires’ list, Kodiac’s achievement in being responsible for three Group-race winners (Hello Youmzain, Campanelle and Nando Parrado) – remarkably, on the same afternoon! – gets its reward in a 9pt boost (#80 from #142).
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