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+9 Marcelo Goncalves
Very rare that we dip into South America but Marcelo Goncalves gets the gong this week after continuing a purple patch in Rio de Janeiro, where he landed both features on the Sunday card at La Gavea.
Goncalves has been making hay during the enforced absence of colleague Valdinei Gil owing to a knee operation.
Having landed the G2 Grande Premio Francisco Vilela de Paula Machado on If Looks Like, he took the showpiece event, the prestigious GP Jockey club Brasileiro, on Stud Verde’s easy winner Jackson Pollock.
As a result, Goncalves sneaks into the world’s Top 100 on the TRC’s global rankings with a 9pt boost (#99 from #141).
Jackson Pollock’s trainer Luis Estevez also enters the Top 30 (+5pt, #29 from #35). With a dozen G1 victories in the last three years, he stands well clear of his compatriots as Brazil’s number one trainer. Indeed, at present he is the sole South American-based handler in the Top 50, although a couple more sit just outside.
Other notable moves last week included Canadian-based rider Rafael Hernandez (+7pt, #229 from #315) after his stakes-race hat-trick at Woodbine on Saturday, and Clement Lecoeuvre (+5pt, #94 from #107 ), who enjoyed G1 success in Cologne.
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