• The week’s significant milestones, facts and figures
Australia: Big birthday for one of the greatest horses in Australian racing history as Winx turned ten on Tuesday [Sept 14].
Well, not officially, as she turned ten on her official ‘birthday’ of August 1, 2022 – but Australian racing’s Wonder Woman was actually foaled on September 14, 2011. She was retired in April 2019 after her 33rd consecutive victory over an extraordinary four-year period, among them a world-record 25 G1 wins including four Cox Plates (2016-19).
She lost her first foal, to I Am Invincible, in October 2020 but is set to visit Golden Slipper winner Pierro for her next mating. In the meantime, Winx has been enjoying downtime on the farm.
GB: According to ratings issued by official IFHA handicappers, there is now a logjam at the top of the Longines World Best Racehorse Rankings after Mishriff was awarded a mark of 127 for his six-length Juddmonte International romp. The John & Thady Gosden-trained four-year-old joins Adayar and St Mark’s Basilica in a three-way tie for the #1 spot (for Jan 1 to Sept 6).
However, St Mark’s Basilica is the new #1 on the Thoroughbred Racing Commentary’s Global Rankings, which better assess career achievement above individual performances.
1,300 Zac Purton
Hong Kong: Zac Purton became only the second jockey in Hong Kong history to post 1,300 winners when he scored on the David Hayes-trained King’s Capital in a 1,400m (7f) Class 4 handicap at Sha Tin on Sunday [Sept 12]. The all-time HK record is held by Douglas Whyte with 1,813 victories.
Four-time HK champion Purton, 38, completed a double later on the card with My Sugar – but he was overshadowed by Australian compatriot Blake Shinn, who rode a four-timer. Hayes, for his part, saddled his second treble in three meetings to lead the new HK title race with six wins.
GB: Inspiral’s victory in the G2 May Hill Stakes at Doncaster on Thursday [Sept 9] may have cemented the filly’s status as favourite for the 1,000 Guineas but it was also notable for another reason as it meant the great Frankel became the fastest European sire in history to reach the landmark of 50 Group winners.
17 Joel Rosario
USA: With a four-timer of Sunday’s final card [Sept 12], Joel Rosario ended the six-day Kentucky Downs meet with a record 17 victories.
Rosario, 36, smashed the previous record of 12 winners at the lucrative all-turf track, where he enjoyed five-timers on each of the first two days. The Dominican leads the US in money earned this year with more than $22m on the board.
10 Aidan O’Brien
Ireland: More than one high-profile setback for Aidan O’Brien over a difficult weekend for Ballydoyle, but at least the trainer’s sole victory in the last fortnight was a significant one as St Mark’s Basilica became his tenth winner of the Irish Champion Stakes.
O’Brien’s other nine winners in a record tally for Ireland’s most prestigious race are Giant’s Causeway (2000), High Chaparral (2003), Oratorio (2005), Dylan Thomas (2006, 2007), Cape Blanco (2010), So You Think (2011) and Magical (2019, 2020).