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world rankings underlined the emergence of Curlin, Smart Strike’s two-time Horse of the Year, as a major stallion. He was represented by Exaggerator (120), who won three Grade 1 events including the Preakness Stakes (G1), Stellar Wind (119), joint-third among the females and a winner over Beholder, Curalina (117), Keen Ice (117) and Connect (116), Grade 1 winners all. The Dirt sprint division was tied on 119 between three-year-old Drefong and six-yearold A.P. Indian.

Drefong is, like Beholder, from the Storm Cat line, his sire being Tale Of The Cat’s son Gio Ponti, who earned honours and champion older male, twice as champion Turf horse. This is not exactly a sprinting pedigree – Gio Ponti won as far as 1m3f, while Drefong is out of a mare by Horse of the Year Ghostzapper, who did have considerable speed, but also won the Breeders’ Cup Classic at 1m2f. Drefong does have a speedy ancestress in his fourth dam is Bitty Girl, who some might

Winx: the daughter of Street Cry was the leading female and Turf horse of 2016

Sires by number of horses rated 115+ Sire

Nos of horses

Galileo.....................................................................................17 Deep Impact.........................................................................14 Dubawi...................................................................................14 Shamardal............................................................................... 7 Teofilo........................................................................................ 7 Curlin......................................................................................... 6 Exceed And Excel.................................................................. 6 King Kamehameha.............................................................. 6 Choisir....................................................................................... 5 Pivotal........................................................................................ 5 Tapit........................................................................................... 5 Dansili........................................................................................ 4 Monsun.................................................................................... 4 Tavistock................................................................................... 4 Alderflug.................................................................................. 3 Cape Cross............................................................................... 3 Dylan Thomas........................................................................ 3 Encosta Da Lago................................................................... 3 Heart's Cry............................................................................... 3 Medaliga D'Oro..................................................................... 3 Not A Single Doubt.............................................................. 3 Savabeel................................................................................... 3 Scat Daddy.............................................................................. 3 Sea The Stars........................................................................... 3

remember as a member of the first crop of Habitat, and as the fastest two-year-old filly of 1973. A. P. Indian, who took a pair of Grade 1s during the year, is a gelded son of Uncle Mo’s sire Indian Charlie and out of an A.P. Indy mare. Rated the best Dirt performer in the “Long” category on 119 – which places him in some very solid company – was Peruvian-born Elbchaussee, who was rated three points clear of the next horse in the category, the aforementioned Creator. Rated 115 last year, Elbchausse has won 13 of his last 15 starts over the last 18 months or so, and went eight for nine last year. Elbchausse is by the Awesome Again (Deputy Minister) son Awesome Twist, out of a mare by Storm Bird’s son, Combsway. Both sire and dam are Northern Dancer/Raise A Native crosses, with the Raise A Native through the similarly bred Mr. Prospector and Alydar. Had it not been for very high bar set for the American Dirt runners by California Chrome in his Dubai World Cup (G1) triumph, the wonderful Australian mare Winx may have

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