Black Caviar tops worldwide rankings

Black Caviar has been rated ahead of Blame and Workforce in the latest international rankings for the six-month period between October and March.

Black Caviar (Bel Esprit) received a 130 rating after a dominant victory in the G1 Newmarket Hcp at Flemington.  Breeders’ Cup Classic hero Blame (129) and Arc de Triomphe winner Workforce (128) were next best behind the Australian champion who is unbeaten in 11 starts.

“This is a historic day for Australian racing and breeding,” Aushorse Chairman Antony Thompson said.  “Not only does it show our breeders can breed the very best horses in the world, but it also shows the respect in which Australian racing is now held.”

Black Caviar was bred in Victoria by Gilgai farm owner Rick Jamieson.  She was sold by Swettenham Stud for $210,000 at the 2009 Inglis Melbourne Premier yearling sale and her current earnings stand at $2.60 million.

She will go out a long odds-on favourite next up in the G1 T J Smith at Randwick on Saturday week, April 9.

Greg Carpenter, Chairman of the ANZ Classifications Committee and Australia’s representative on the World Thoroughbred Rankings Committee, described the feat as a landmark day for Australian racing.

“Winners at the Dubai World Cup meeting, US Breeders’ Cup meeting, Hong Kong International meeting and the Arc De Triomphe have all been rated inferior to Black Caviar,” Carpenter said.  “That puts into context the enormity of her achievement.”

Black Caviar is the highest rated sprinter since the ratings began, easily bettering the 125 mark by Oasis Dream in 2003.

She is also the first sprinter to head the rankings, the first Australian horse to head the rankings, the highest rated Australian horse since the ratings began and the equal highest rating mare joining Goldikova who notched 130 in 2009.