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Horses based in South America are rare visitors to the upper echelons of the global rankings and Argentina’s star sprinter Strategos (+86pt, #46 from #101) became the continent’s sole representative in the world top 50 with a runaway victory in the Gran Premio Felix de Alzaga Unzue at San Isidro on Saturday.
A five-year-old roan grey son of US sire Zensational, Strategos has thrived since he was cut back to sprint trips and was completing a G1 hat-trick (two turf, one dirt) with his victory in the 5f contest.
With his 17 opponents spread wide across the San Isidro straight, the odds-on favourite powered away to score by six lengths from outsider Queen Liz. Final time for the 1,000 metres (into a headwind) was 57.71s.
The human connections behind Strategos – namely trainer Nicolas Martin Ferro (+7pt, #103 from #106) and jockey Francisco Fernandes (+6pt, #36 from #51) – also earn a nice bump on the rankings.
Stretagos’s race was one of four G1s on the showpiece GP Carlos Pellegrini card at Argentina’s premier venue. Eduardo Ortega Pavon (+4pt, #40 from #45) cracks the Top 40 after landing the main event on Cool Day. Trainer Alfredo Gaitan Dassie ended his G1 drought with his fourth victory in the race known as the ‘South American Arc’; he re-enters the charts at #310.
The biggest human mover, however, was his jockey Rodrigo Blanco (+15pt, #193 from #334), who rode 29-1 shot Irideo to land one of the other G1s at San Isidro.
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