Australian Horse Races Overlooked In World’s Top 20

| February 1, 2021

While horseracing is a century-old sport with millions of fans who’d find the Ladbrokes referral code useful when wagering, Australian Group 1 races are still overlooked. That was evident in the top 20 Longline World Race Rankings in 2020, where the Juddmonte International ranked at No 1 for the best horse in the world, Ghaiyyath

Flemington’s Darley Sprint Classic won Australia’s best Group 1 competition in 2020, appearing 21st on the world rankings last year, above the William Reid and Black Caviar Lightning Stakes.  TJ Smith and Queen Elizabeth Stakes finished 26th and 29th, respectively, despite dominating Australia’s group 1 race in 2020. Unfortunately, the All-Star Mile and the Everest weren’t considered because of the absence of stakes races. 

Despite winning the Darley, Bivouac finished equal with Classique Legend, ranking at 125 on the global stage. Nature Strip stood at 124, while Ghaiyyath’s best performance last year ranked at 130.

The Irish Champion Stakes ranked as the second-best racing tournament behind the Juddmonte International. The Irish Stakes was won by Aidan O’Brien’s Magical for the second time in a row. In the third position, the Japan Cup took the spot, which was won by Japanese Champion Almond Eye. 

Moonee Valley’s Cox Plate, which was claimed by Sir Dragoner, came at 35th, ranking behind the Newmarket Handicap at 32nd, while the Caulfield cup claimed the 60th position. These rankings are based on average end-year ratings of the best four horses across every race line. 

The Melbourne Cup couldn’t make it on the top 100 list of Group 1 races based on the system, which was set for calculating the strength of races. Nonetheless, The Everest should have ranked prominently on the global rankings if it was considered alongside the Classique Legend, Gytrash, Bivouac, and Trekking. 

In 2021, Australia is planning to continue improving horse racing in the country, hosting different Groups 1, Group 2, and Group 3 races. Horse Racing fans are already highly anticipating the Caulfield CF Orr Stakes, stretching across a 1400m distance and with $500,000 in the prize pool. This horse racing tournament is scheduled for 6th February, only days from now. 

The next Group 1 event will follow on 13th February at the Black Caviar Lightning Stakes in Flemington, with $750,000 on the prize pass. Other Group 1 events in Australia this year include The Oakleigh Plate, Blue Diamond Stakes, Australian Cup, Newmarket Handicap, and Australian Guineas.

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