TRC rankings star: Lucas Gaitan

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Emotion Orpen trained by Lucas Gaitan
The Emotion Orpen team after G1 success at La Plata. Photo: hipodromolaplata.gba.gov.ar

+17 Lucas Gaitan

With five of last week’s seven G1 races taking place in Argentina, it would seem a little perverse not to recognise the man who recorded a double at the highest level, so step forward trainer Lucas Gaitan (+17pt, #102 from #219).

Now sitting just outside the Top 100, he had two G1 winners on the dirt at La Plata on Thursday [Nov 19] courtesy of five-year-old Emotion Orpen in the GP Dardo Rocha and Serenata Huastec in the GP Seleccion de Potrancas.

The former’s jockey Francisco Fernandes (+7pt, #50 from #60) climbs into the Top 50; he ranks second among South American-based riders, who are led by Serenata Huastec’s jockey Eduardo Ortega Pavon at (+4pt, #42 from #47).

Higher up the lists, Christophe Lemaire (+3pt, stays at #2) continues to close in on Frankie Dettori after winning the G1 Mile Championship at Hanshin on the impressive Gran Alegria (+47, #14 from #27).

The Frenchman has won G1s on each of the last three JRA weekends; he’ll bid to make it four on Almond Eye in the Japan Cup. He now has a running total of 1,082pts – 14 adrift of Dettori.

Although the Bahrain International Trophy is still too new for any official Group-race status, the TRC rankings are treating it as a G2 – a wise move given the standard of the field behind shock winner Simsir.

Trainer Fawzi Nass (+9pt, #247 from #393) and jockey Lee Newman (+8pt, #279 from #417) are the points-boost beneficiaries, while Kazushi Kimura’s (+9pt, #237 from #377) graded-stakes  double at Woodbine on Saturday also gets its reward.

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