• The week’s significant milestones, facts and figures
GB: According to the official IFHA handicappers, Adayar produced the joint-highest-rated performance of 2021 so far with his tremendous victory in the King George.
The Derby winner’s official rating of 127 for his Ascot success equalled that achieved by St Mark’s Basilica in the Coral-Eclipse and the pair shared top spot in the latest edition of the Longines World Best Racehorse Rankings, for races until August 8.
Palace Pier remains #1 on the Thoroughbred Racing Commentary’s Global Rankings, which better assess career achievement rather than individual performances.
100 David Probert
GB: A good week for David Probert, who completed the fourth century of his career at Nottingham on Tuesday [August 10] on Typewriter, trained by the jockey’s guv’nor Andrew Balding.
Then on Wednesday night, Probert went to his home track Ffos Las and rode the last five winners on a seven-race card, namely Quarantini, Hesperis, Shuthoor, Roman Mist and Curtiz
But the 32-year-old Welshman wasn’t finished yet, no sir. He won the opener at the same venue the following afternoon on Hey Teacher to make it six in a row – and later completed a treble.
Probert, whose personal best is 112, had ridden 19 winners in a fortnight before Monday’s racing. While he has yet to partner a top-level winner, G2 successes on Sandrine and Bangkok feature among his summer haul – not forgetting the former’s Royal Ascot win in the G3 Albany.
1,000 Kathy O’Hara
Australia: Dual G1-winning jockey Kathy O’Hara partnered the 1,000th winner of her career aboard Cameron Crockett-trained Commando Hunt in a handicap at Kembla Grange on Saturday [August 14].
“It’s a small goal that I set myself a little while ago, so it’s nice to get that done,” said O’Hara, 35.
Champion apprentice in Sydney in 2004-05, her G1 wins have come in the 2012 Coolmore Classic with Ofcourseican and four years later on Single Gaze in the Vinery Staud Stakes, both at Rosehill.
1,000 Todd Pannell
Australia: On the same day that Kathy O’Hara partnered her 1,000 winners, top South Australian jockey Todd Pannell did the same at Morphettville.
Pannell, 36, thought he had ridden his milestone winner when Beau Rossa touched off Behemoth in the G3 Spring Stakes at the Adelaide track.
However, a protest by Kayla Crowther on runner-up was upheld by the stewards, marooning Pannell on 999. He finally got there on Naleigh in the last.
“I wish it had happened earlier,” said Pannell, who has won both state and metro premierships for the last two seasons. “It was a pretty dirty day which I am still stewing about but it was good to get it now.”
1,560 Stephen McKee
New Zealand: Stephen McKee, best known as co-trainer of the great racemare Sunline alongside his late father, has announced his retirement.
According to NZ Racing News, McKee, 58, has trained about 1,560 winners, among them 42 G1 wins. As well as dual Cox Plate winner Sunline, a three-time Australian Horse of the Year whose 13 G1s also included the Hong Kong Mile, former NZ champion trainer McKee also trained NZ Hall of Famer Mufhasa.
“This has been the centre of my life for four decades but it’s time for me to take a step back,” said McKee. “I’ve been thinking about it for a while. I’ve been doing this since I was 14 and I’m now 58. I just needed to take a break and you can’t do that as a racehorse trainer.”
USA: Keeneland announced last week that a mammoth total of 4,034 yearlings have been catalogued for the 78th annual Keeneland September Yearling Sale to be held over 11 sessions from September 13-24.
• Visit the Keeneland September Sale website