TRC rankings star: Florent Geroux

• Most notable mover on Thoroughbred Racing Commentary’s exclusive global rankings

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Florent Geroux: five winners including three graded stakes on Kentucky Oaks card.
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+8 Florent Geroux

No fewer than 51 qualifying events last week as far as the TRC’s global rankings are concerned – and four of them were won by horses ridden by Florent Geroux (+8pt, #15 from #18), who is the most significant mover on the charts.

French-born Geroux rode a five-timer on Friday’s card at Churchill Downs, featuring a memorable G1 double for trainer Brad Cox (+6pt, #6 from #7) in the main events courtesy of surprise Kentucky Oaks winner Shedaresthedevil and the estimable Monomoy Girl, back scoring at the highest level in the La Troienne.

Geroux, who became a US citizen in May 2018, also took a G2 on both Friday (Diamond Oops) and Saturday (Fancy Liquor). Best known as the rider of Gun Runner, the 2017 Horse of the Year, 34-year-old Geroux now has more than 1,600 US victories to his name.

Purely in points terms, the biggest mover among jockeys was Valmir Rocha (+16pt, #120 from #220), who had a G1 double at Cidade Jardim in Sao Paulo on Saturday. 

Others getting a nice bump include Australia’s Nash Rawiller (+8pt, #45 from #58) and Manny Franco (+5pt, #38 from #46). While the latter had the disappointment of Tiz The Law’s Kentucky Debry defeat to deal with, he landed graded stakes at Churchill Downs aboard Sharing and Beau Recall.

Kentucky-based trainer Dale Romans (+8pt, #67 from #96) also enjoyed himself at his home track with graded wins for the two-year-olds Girl Daddy and Sittin On Go.

Spendthrift stallion Into MIschief (+6pt) now stands on his own ahead of Curlin at the top of the sires’ dirt list after Authentic’s Derby win. He is also up to #16 from #23 among sires overall.

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