TRC rankings star: Contrail

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Closing in on top spot: Contrail wins the G2 Kobe Shimbun Hai at Chukyo. Photo: Japan Racing Association

+47 Contrail

So it was only a G2 event, and he was a 1-10 shot, but Contrail’s effortless success in the Kobe Shimbun Hai at Chukyo on Sunday has catapulted the Japanese star into the world’s Top 5 racehorses on the TRC charts.

In taking his unbeaten record to six, the son of Deep Impact earned a 47pt boost – note that horse rankings are necessarily more volatile in terms of rankings points – to move up to #4 from #12.

Contrail will bid to emulate his sire by completing the Japanese Triple Crown in the Kikuka Sho (St Leger) on October 25 at Kyoto. As such, the #1 slot currently held by Enable may soon be under serious threat from the three-year-old.

Now for the Triple Crown: it’s so easy for superstar Contrail in Japan

Maximum Security’s eclipse at Santa Anita also helped; the controversial four-year-old is down to #5 (from #2), whereas his conqueror Improbable (+78pt, #15 from #35) moves in the opposite direction. Naturally.

Among significant movers in the human categories was jockey Flavien Prat (+4pt, #6 from #8), whose continued excellence on the west coast sees him on the verge of the world’s Top 5 and not far off Joel Rosario as number one in the US.

He has four graded-stakes victories over the weekend at Santa Anita to thank for such a notable rise; they included a surprise victory on Get Her Number in the G1 American Pharoah.

Prat’s jocks’ room colleague Juan Hernandez (+10pt, #213 from #223) also deserves a mention after his first G1 success (on Mucho Unusual in the Rodeo Drive) since he moved south from Golden Gate over the winter.

The four-day Grande Premio Brasil meeting at La Gavea in Rio produced some notable movers, with a pair of jockeys entering the Top 100 in the shape of Henderson Fernandes (+11pt, #84 from #105) and Marcelo Goncalves (+11pt, #88 from #108).

Clive Cox (+8pt, #71 from #98) and Adam Kirby (+10pt, #78 from #94) have long been a formidable partnership in Britain. Group-race wins at Newmarket from the two-year-old fillies Supremacy and Isabella Giles resulted in similar advances for the popular trainer/jockey team.

In-form trainer Ralph Beckett (+8pt, #126 from #183) also makes a big jump with a couple of Group successes among 13 winners in the last fortnight.

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