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simon rowlands Woodbine Mile – had already shown he was capable of even better. Other non-juvenile Grade 1 victories at the 2017 Breeders’ Cup were achieved by: Forever Unbridled (Unbridled’s Song, 123 in the Distaff); Stormy Liberal (Stormy Atlantic, 118 in a Turf Sprint in which 133-rated Lady Aurelia flopped at odds on); Bar Of Gold (Medaglia D’Oro, 120 in the Filly and Mare Sprint) and Wuheida (Dubawi, 120 in the Filly and Mare Turf). The argument for Winx to be considered the best active performer in the world is based at least as much on her consistency, versatility and durability – none of which tend to be accounted for in official

ratings – as on her sheer ability. Her record-equalling third win in the Cox Plate at Moonee Valley in late-October was not one of her very best efforts – Timeform’s 126 performance rating for her looks generous to me – but was a remarkable 22nd victory in a row for a mare who has looked very good indeed on some occasions and still has what it takes to prevail on others. It could be argued that the placed horses in the Cox Plate are not top drawer, and both were beaten soon after at the Spring Carnival at Flemington: Humidor (Teofilo) probably failed to stay in a Melbourne Cup won by 123-rated Rekindling (High Chaparral), while Folkswood (Exceed And Excel) had every

The best performance of the Spring Carnival was probably put up by Redzel, who followed up his win in the Everest Stakes in October as authoritatively in the Darley Classic

Bolt D’Oro: probably still the best juvenile in the world

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he identity of the best two-year-old in the world is up for grabs also, though I am reasonably confident it should be Bolt D’Oro, (Medaglia D’Oro) who finished only third at odds-on in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile but was forced very wide throughout and probably did extremely well. In second was Solomini (Curlin), whom Bolt D’Oro had beaten out of sight in a very fast FrontRunner Stakes at Santa Anita the time before, while the clear-cut winner was Good Magic (Curlin), second in both his previous starts, including the Grade 1 Champagne Stakes at Belmont. Timeform has Good Magic on 120, Solomini on 112 and Bolt d’Oro on a conservative 121, all of them behind 123-rated US Navy Flag (War Front), only tenth in this after making the running but better judged on his Group 1 wins in the Middle Park Stakes and Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket. The form of the Dewhurst was upheld elsewhere at the Breeders’ Cup by that race’s runner-up, Mendelssohn (Scat Daddy), who took an average-looking Juvenile Turf by a length from Untamed Domain (Animal Kingdom) and ran to a Timeform figure of 116. The other Group 1 juvenile winners at Del Mar were Rushing Fall (More Than Ready, 113 in the Juvenile Fillies Turf) and Caledonia Road (Quality Road, 115 in Juvenile Fillies). Mendelssohn was Aidan O’Brien’s only Group 1 winner at the 2017 Breeders’ Cup, but it

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chance in fifth in an Emirates Stakes won by 122-rated Tosen Stardom (Deep Impact). The best performance of the Spring Carnival was probably put up by Redzel, a son of Snitzel, who followed up his win in the Everest Stakes in October as authoritatively in the Darley Classic. Timeform has Redzel at 126: he is no Black Caviar, but he is proving reliable as well as classy. In Japan, Kitasan Black (Black Tide) was back to his 128-rated best when landing the Tenno Sho by a neck from 127-rated Satono Crown (Marju), while Mozu Katchan (Harbinger) earned a 119 rating for coming out best in a tight finish to the Queen Elizabeth II Cup at Kyoto.

Leading JUVENILES (14.11.17) Rating Horse Sire 123

U S NAVY FLAG

War Front

120p ROARING LION

Kitten’s Joy

120p SAXON WARRIOR 119

Deep Impact

VERBAL DEXTERITY

Vocalised

118p CLEMMIE

Galileo

117p EXPERT EYE

Acclamation

117 UNFORTUNATELY Society Rock 116p HAPPILY 116

FLEET REVIEW

116 MENDELSSOHN

Galileo War Front Scat Daddy

116 OLMEDO Declaration Of War

is fair to say it has not been a bad season for the master of Ballydoyle. He broke Bobby Frankel’s record of Group/ Grade 1 wins in a year with Saxon Warrior (Deep Impact) in the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster at the end of October and has the added satisfaction of the unbeaten colt now being the ante-post favourite for both the 2000 Guineas and The Derby. Saxon Warrior’s 120 rating is within touching distance of U S Navy Flag’s, and is the highest rating achieved in the race since St Nicholas Abbey (123) triumphed for O’Brien in 2009.

116 SANDS OF MALI

Panis

115p GUSTAV KLIMT

Galileo

115 MAGICAL

Galileo

115 MASAR 115 SIOUX NATION

New Approach Scat Daddy

114p SEPTEMBER Galileo 114p THE PENTAGON Galileo 114

INVINCIBLE ARMY Invincible Spirit

113p SACRED LIFE Siyouni 113p WILD ILLUSION Dubawi

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