• Most notable mover on Thoroughbred Racing Commentary’s Global Rankings
+10 Aidan O’Brien
Even by his own lofty standards, this was a weekend of major achievement for Aidan O’Brien as he established a new all-time record for Derby victories at eight with Serpentine’s victory at Epsom.
Add Love’s sensational Oaks performance into the equation – plus a couple of lesser Group races in Ireland – and O’Brien looks to be launching a charge back to the top of the Thoroughbred Racing Commentary’s global rankings.
Ballydoyle’s mob-handed approach might hoover up a lot of races but it doesn’t always help his overall rankings mark – put simply, there are plenty more losers than winners, though the algorithm works in a rather more sophisticated fashion.
However, there was no arguing with the Derby/Oaks double, enough for a 10pt week-on-week boost for O’Brien (stays at #4). With a total of 1,050, he is now 15 points behind world leader John Gosden (+4pt, stays at #1) on 1,065.
It could almost go without saying that it was a huge week on the sires’ list for TRC’s all-time #1 Galileo (+9pt, stays at #2), who is now only one point behind current #1 Dubawi on the sires’ list. The Coolmore legend is a couple of points in front if only turf races are included.
South Africa continues to launch its end-of-season Pattern programme in clusters and there were four G1s at Scottsville on Saturday.
Jockeys Sean Veale (+10pt, #131 from #185) earned the biggest individual boost but with movement harder to come by higher up the rankings, perhaps equally worthy of mention is title-race leader Warren Kennedy (+8pt, #42 from #52). ‘Wagga’ has now passed the 200-mark for the 2019-20 season.
Sean Tarry (≠6pt, #27 from #33), who heads the SA trainers’ championship, also moves up nicely after a G1 double with Celtic Sea and Warrior’s Rest.
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