• Most notable mover on Thoroughbred Racing Commentary’s Global Rankings
+8 William Buick
Under sustained assault from Coolmore since the restart of racing in Britain, the Godolphin team struck back last week with three Group-race winners, headed by Pinatubo’s reigniting his career at Deauville in the Prix Jean Prat under stable jockey William Buick.
With 15 winners in the last fortnight, Buick has been in especially good form. He was also aboard G3 winner Royal Crusade at Deauville – he had a hat-trick with a Listed winner too – plus Master Of The Seas, installed as ante-post favourite for next year’s 2,000 Guineas after winning the G2 Superlative Stakes at the Newmarket July meeting.
While all three of those winners came for Charlie Appleby, Buick also scored on Her Majesty’s Tactical for trainer Andrew Balding in the July Stakes. Put together, the Group-race four-bagger earned Buick an 8pt boost and moves him up a place #4 (from #6) on the Thoroughbred Racing Commentary’s exclusive global rankings.
Frankie Dettori remains world number one with a total of 1,088pts; Buick has 1,055.
Appleby, for his part, gets a 4pt boost for last week’s efforts and has reclaimed top spot among trainers from John Gosden.
The scores are 1,068-1,064 in their personal battle – but there were a couple more significant efforts just below the pair. US champion Chad Brown (+2pt, stays at #3) had three high-profile wins within a couple of hours on Saturday as Guarana became his 100th G1 winner in the Madison at Keeneland, where Rushing Fall soon became his 101st in the Jenny Wiley; Brown also struck in the G2 Del ‘Cap with Dunbar Road.
With 2018 champion filly Monomoy Girl to the fore at Belmont, Brad Cox (+7pt, #6 from #8) had four graded winners last week.
Other notable Stateside movers include Monomoy Girl’s rider Florent Geroux (+8pt, #18 from #25) and colleague Tyler Gaffalione (+7pt, #39 from #45). Also worthy of a big mention is veteran lightweight Franny Norton (+9pt, #218 from #326), who enjoyed the best day of a long career with his York double on the Mark Johnston-trained pair Thunderous and Rose Of Kildare in the Dante and Musidora Stakes.
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