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Kiwis feature prominently in world rankings
There was a distinct Kiwi flavour in the latest Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings.
NZ Racing Desk | March 10, 2023
NZ-bred Lucky Sweynesse romps to victory in the Gr.1 Centenary Sprint Cup Photo: HJKC

Following the first three months of racing in 2023, New Zealand sourced gelding Golden Sixty sits atop the rankings with a 125 rating after his victory over Romantic Warrior (123) in the Gr.1 Stewards’ Cup (1600m) before repeating the dose in the Hong Kong Gold Cup (2000m).

The champion galloper was sold through Sam Beatson’s Riversley Park for $300,000 at the New Zealand Bloodstock Ready To Run Sale and was further educated by Matamata horseman Graham Richardson prior to his departure to Hong Kong.

New Zealand-bred four-year-old Lucky Sweynesse has been a revelation in Hong Kong, winning nine of his 13 starts for Manfred Man.

The Luigi Muollo-bred son of Sweynesse has been rewarded with a rating of 119, ranking him the 10th equal best racehorse in the world alongside Alligator Blood and Country Grammer.

The Mark Walker-trained Imperatriz was undefeated in her three starts in New Zealand this year, winning the Gr.1 Railway (1200m), Gr.2 Westbury Classic (1400m) and Gr.1 BCD Group Sprint (1400m) prior to her narrow defeat in the Gr.1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m) in Sydney last weekend.

The Raffles Dancers-bred mare’s rating of 117 ranked her as the 18th best racehorse in the world alongside New Zealand-breds I Wish I Win and Mo’unga.

The Waikato Stud bred and raced I Wish I Win was runner-up behind Coolangatta in the Gr.1 Lightning Stakes (1000m) and is a $4.40 joint favourite for Saturday’s Gr.1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m), while Mo’unga, also a Waikato Stud bred, finished third to Anamoe in the Gr.1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) at his most recent outing.

Alligator Blood Anamoe Coolangatta Country Grammer Golden Sixty Gr.1 BCD Group Sprint Gr.1 Chipping Norton Stakes Gr.1 Lightning Stakes Gr.1 Newmarket Handicap Gr.1 Railway Gr.1 Stewards’ Cup Gr.2 Westbury Classic Graham Richardson Hong Kong I Wish I Win Imperatriz Lucky Sweynesse Manfred Man Mo’unga Mark Walker New Zealand Bloodstock Riversley Park Romantic Warrior Waikato Stud Sam Beatson’ Waikato Stud