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It's official: Caviar is the best

The Age

Friday April 1, 2011

ANDREW EDDY

THE unbeaten Black Caviar is not only the fastest but also the best racehorse on the planet after the release of the World Thoroughbred Rankings yesterday.In a grand result for Australian racing, which has never had a horse top the rankings, Black Caviar earned an international rating of 130 for performances over the past six months, which places her higher than US Breeder's Cup winner Blame (129), as well as Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner Workforce (128) and Arc runner-up Nakayama Festa (127).Former Australian, now Irish-based star So You Think (126) is ranked fifth.It was expected that Black Caviar would easily be ranked as the best sprinter after her record-breaking Newmarket Handicap run last month, but the rankings committee could not find a performance under any conditions or over any distance to match it.Racing Victoria Ltd chief handicapper and Australia's ratings representative, Greg Carpenter, explained that the rankings only take in performances over the past six months."But significantly, that period covers the US Breeder's Cup, the Hong Kong international meeting, the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, the Hong Kong International meeting and the Dubai World Cup meeting, and none of those performances were considered as good as her Newmarket win," Carpenter said yesterday.Black Caviar aims for a 12th straight win in the group 1 T.J. Smith Stakes (1200 metres) at Randwick tomorrow week.Dual Cox Plate winner So You Think, who is now trained at Ballymore in Ireland by Aidan O'Brien, will soon have the opportunity to lift his rating as he is expected to make his debut for Coolmore in the group 1 Lockinge Stakes (1600 metres) at Newbury in the UK on May 14.WORLD THOROUGHBRED RANKINGS1. Black Caviar (AUS) 1302. Blame (US)1293. Workforce (GB)1284. Nakayama Festa (JAP)1275. So You Think (AUS)126

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