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world rankings of Elusive Quality’s three-quarters brother, Rossini. Kitasan Black and Satano Crown were tied with a trio of European-breds who had significant seasons in Fascinating Rock, Flintshire and Highland Reel. Fascinating Rock only ran three times, but defeated Found – who he’d beaten in last year’s Champion Stakes (G1) – by three and three-quarter lengths in the Tattersalls Gold Cup (G1). Fascinating Rock, along with Rivet, Qualify, Diamondsandrubies and Intricately, are northern-hemisphere Group 1 winners sired by reverse shuttler Fastnet Rock (Danehill), a champion sprinter in Australia, but more notable for middle-distance runners in Europe. Most of Fastnet Rock’s European stars are out of dams from the Sadler’s Wells line, but Fascinating Rock is out a mare by another speed influence, Polar Falcon.

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LIntshire, whose been a topclass international runner since winning the 2013 renewal of the Grand Prix de Paris (G1) on only his fourth start, plied his trade in the US in 2016, and received an Eclipse Award as Champion Turf Horse. His blistering turn of foot took him to victories in the Manhattan Stakes (G1), Bowling Green Stakes (G2) and Sword Dancer Stakes (G1) on his first three starts of the year. He then ran second in his final two outings, the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Stakes (G1) and Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1), both tactical affairs in which front-runners snuck into leads that even Flintshire’s formidable closing burst couldn’t retrieve. By Danehill’s tremendously successful son Dansili, out of a Sadler’s Wells mare, Flintshire will stand in the US in 2017. Highland Reel – bred on a reverse cross to Flintshire as he’s by Sadler’s Wells’s son Galileo out of a Danehill mare – defeated Flintshire for the Hong Kong Vase (G1) in Decemeber 2015, and 11 months later got the better of Flintshire again in the Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1), in part due to an inspired ride by Seamie Heffernan. Highland Reel also won the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (G1), and ran second in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (G1). We mentioned the impact of imports on the Australian races at middle and longer distances, but of course it’s a different story when it comes to sprinters.

Leading Dirt Horses Arrogate (USA) California Chrome (USA) Frosted (USA) Nyquist (USA) Beholder (USA) Dortmund (USA) Songbird (USA) Exaggerator (USA) Tamarkuz (USA)

134 133 126 123 122 122 122 120 120

Leading Turf Horses Winx (AUS) Almanzor (FR) A Shin Hikari (JPN) Maurice (JPN) Found (IRE) Hartnell (GB) Postponed (IRE) Werther (NZ)

132 129 127 127 124 124 124 124

Leading Females Winx (AUS) Found (IRE) Songbird (USA) Minding (IRE) Beholder (USA) Tepin (USA) Mecca’s Angel (IRE)

132 124 122 122 122 122 121

Their speedsters didn’t have quite the impact they’ve had on the ratings as they’ve had in some years, but Chautauqua – successful in the Newmarket Handicap (G1), T J Smith Stakes (G1) and the Hong Kong Chairman’s Sprint Prize (G1) – was still rated joint-leader among the sprinters. He’s by multiple leading Australian sire Encosta De Lago (by Sadler’s Wells’ brother, Fairy King) out of a mare by the Danehill horse, Lion Hunter. Equal top sprinter with Chautauqua on 122 was British-trained Limato, who was successful in the July Cup (G1) and Prix de la Foret (G1). Limato is by Tagula, also sire of Canford Cliffs. This is an otherwise rarely seen branch of the Hail To Reason line that comes down through Stop The Music and Tagula’s sire, Taufan.

Most of Fastnet Rock’s European stars are out of dams from the Sadler’s Wells line, but Fascinating Rock is out of a mare by another speed influence, Polar Falcon

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Leading three-year-old colt Arrogate (USA) 134 Almanzor (FR) 129 Nyquist (USA) 123 Satono Diamond (JPN) 122 The Gurkha (IRE) 122 Harzand (IRE) 121 Makahiki (JPN) 121 Exaggerator 120 Dee Majesty 120

Limato’s third dam Sumoto is also dam of Compton Admiral, a champion three-yearold in England in the intermediate distance category, as well as of the Group 1-winning miler Summoner. She is also grand-dam of The Fugue, who topped WTRR categories in two different years. Limato was also rated 122 in the miler category, which tied him with the previously mentioned Ribchester, with Minding and The Gurkha (both by Galileo out of Danehill Dancer mares), as top Europeans at the distance. Minding bookended her season with mile victories in the 1,000 Guineas (G1) and the Queen Elizabeth Stakes (G1), but in between demonstrated considerable versatility to take the Oaks (G1), Pretty Polly Stakes (G1) and Nassau Stakes (G1). The Gurkha romped home by five and a half lengths in the Poule d’Essai des Poulains

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