With the new racing season of 2014/15 underway, the ANZ Classifications have been released reflecting the best individual performances by horses during the recently concluded racing year in Australia and New Zealand.
The highest rating for an individual performance during the season was 123 achieved by the Mick Price-trained Lankan Rupee, making him the current highest ranking sprinter in the world.
Lankan Rupee (Redoute’s Choice-Estelle Collection (NZ) after being gelded discovered a new lease of life with wins in the VRC Newmarket Handicap and a dominant performance in the TJ Smith at Randwick during the Championships. Both performances produced the season high ranking of 123, also making him the Champion Sprinter in Australia and New Zealand.
Atlantic Jewel was the leading older mare achieving a rating of 122 for winning the Group 1 Memsie Stakes which also made her the leading mile performer. Atlantic Jewel (Fastnet Rock-Regard) repeated this level of performance in the Caulfield Stakes winning it by four lengths, making her equal Champion in the Intermediate category. Unfortunately this was her last race after being struck by injury.
It’s A Dundeel (NZ) equalled that performance of 122 by winning the $4 million Queen Elizabeth Stakes. With the rating of 122 It’s A Dundeel (NZ) (High Chaparral) (IRE)-Stareel (NZ) IS JOINT LEADER IN THE Intermediate category and is the highest rated New Zealand-trained horse.
Shamus Award was the leading three-year-old horse on 118 by winning the W.S Cox Plate. Shamus Award (Snitzel-Sunset Express) also led the three-year-old Intermediate category and is the highest rated New Zealand trained horse.
The leading three-year-old sprinter’s category was Zoustar (Northern Meteor-Zouzou) on 117 with his impressive win in the Group 1 Ascot Vale Stakes.
The leading filly was Guelph (Exceed and Excel-Camarilla) on 115 for her wins in the Group 1 Flight Stakes and Group 1 Thousand Guineas. New Zealand leading trained three-year-old was Puccini on 115. Puccini (Encosta De Lago-Our Miss Opera (NZ) trained by Peter and Jacob McKay, achieved 115 by winning the Group 1 New Zealand Derby.
Bounding and Rising Romance were joint leading three-year-old New Zealand-trained fillies on 112. Bounding (Lohnro-Believe’n’succeed), trained by Ken Kelso, achieved 112 by beating the older horses in the Group 1 Railway Stakes at Ellerslie. While Rising Romance (Ekraar-Post Romance (NZ), TRAINED BY Donna Logan, won the Group 1 ATC Oaks to record her 112.
In assessing the leading two-year-olds the committee could not split the performances of Earthquake and Mossfun. The fillies were judged at a performance level of 114. Although winning the Group 1 Blue Diamond, Earthquake’s (Exceed and Excel-Cataclysm) peak performance came in winning the Group 2 Riesling Stakes. Mossfun (Mossman-Eye for Fun) turned the tables on Earthquake in the Group 1 Golden Slipper to achieve her peak performance of 114.
The leading colt was Almalad (Al Maher-iihaam) who achieved his rating of 111 for his win in the J.J Atkins at Eagle Farm during the winter carnival.
The best performance by a New Zealand-trained two-year-old during the season was produced by Vespa (NZ) (Elusive City (USA)-Miss Avalon (IRE), achieving a rating of 110 when winning the Group 1 Ellerslie Sires Produce Stakes over 1200m in March.
While compiling list of the horses performances, individual race ratings are also compiled to find Australia and New Zealand’s leading races. The race rating is determined by the average peak rating throughout the year of the first four horses to finish in any or in the race. There were two races with the highest rating of 120.8, they being the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) at Randwick and the Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) at Caulfield, with both races being won by It’s A Dundeel.
The listings are compiled by the Senior Handicappers representing the principal racing authorities of Australia and New Zealand thoroughbred racing. The performances of horses rated 115 and above are then confirmed by the World Thoroughbred Rankings Committee (WTR) representing senior handicappers from major racing nations across the world.
For inclusion in the annual classifications a horse must have finished in the first six placings in a Group or Listed race or had a significant performance in a feature non-black type race.
Horses three-year-old and over are included in the listings where they achieved a rating of 105 or higher and for two-year-olds an individual performance rating 100 or higher.
Source: Australian Racing Board