Victorians dominate world sprinting ranks

The Victorian breeding industry received another fillip on Friday when three locally bred gallopers featured in the World Thoroughbred Rankings.

Champion Bel Esprit mare Black Caviar was elevated to an international rating of 122 for her spectacular G1 Patinack Farm Classic win last Saturday.  The figure puts her alongside Sacred Kingdom (Encosta de Lago) and one above Starspangledbanner (Choisir) at the head of the world sprint rankings.

All three were bred in Victoria and sold at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale.  Gilgai Farms bred Black Caviar, Kornong Stud bred Sacred Kingdom and Tony Santic bred Starspangledbanner.

Black Caviar’s dam Helsinge (Desert Sun) one of the most valuable broodmares in the country.  Black Caviar’s younger brother Moshe was a brilliant winner on debut at Bendigo on Thursday and the mare produced a Redoute’s Choice filly this season.

Helsinge’s Casino Prince colt will be sold under the Makybe banner at the 2011 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale.  And Eliza Park sire Bel Esprit has 25 yearlings entered for the majors being conducted by Inglis next year.