The Pattern Racing World Championships (Part 1)

This is the 4th Year of the Pattern Racing World Championships (PRWC). 

The PRWC’s tracked the placings of 312 Group/Grade 1’s races across the world and we can now announce the winners of PRWC 2016.

Point’s are awarded for finishing in the top three in Grade 1/Group 1 contests.

Points                1st = 10 pts,                    2nd = 7 pts,                 3rd = 5 pts.

We have 6 categories, Horse, Trainer, Jockey, Sire, Owner and Breeder.

Ryan Moore on Minding on the way out for the Irish Champion Stakes

Ryan Moore the winning jockey of PRWC 2016 on Minding 2nd in PRWC 2016 on the way out for the Irish Champion Stakes

1. The Horse Championship’s 2016

PRWC 2016 – Horse
Rank Name Points Scored
1  Black Heart Bart (AUS) 65
2  Minding (IRE) 62
3  Winx (AUS) 60

 

The Australian Black Heart Bart is this year’s Champion. He ran in G1 company 8 times in all winning 3 and finishing 2nd in another 5. His highlight was the Memsie Stakes in August. It was his consistency through the season that put him on top. Others may have won more G1’s but his durability through the year over distances between 6f and 10f saw him become champion, no mean feat.

Minding fills 2nd spot. She won 5 G1’s and was 2nd and 3rd in another pair. She proved herself a spring, summer and autumn filly collecting the Guineas, Oaks and QE II Stakes.

Winx like Minding, another filly won 6 G1’s. She collected in her autumn when she took the Chipping Norton putting her on route to a 2nd Cox Plate in her spring. 2017 will see her stay at home however in 2018 her trainer Chris Waller is considering a tilt at Royal Ascot and a northern hemisphere campaign. How exciting is that.

In all 606 horses scored points this year –

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2. The Trainer’s Championship’s 2016

PRWC 2016 – Trainer
Rank Name Points Scored
1 A P O’Brien 477
2 Chad C Brown 301
3 Chris Waller 205

 

Aidan O’Brien regained top spot last held in 2014 with a staggering display of supremacy. 22 G1 wins accompanied by 26 2nd’s and 15 3rd’s supplied the points total. He beat Chris Waller’s 2015 winning total of 279 points by a whopping 198 points. He built on a super spring to have a spectacular summer and finished the year off in the autumn with that memorable 1,2, 3 in the Arc. Minding, Found, Highland Reel, Alice Springs and The Gurkha were all major points winners and you can expect 2017 to be another good year with his two year olds led by Churchill having contributed 138 points.

Chad Brown improved his position from 4th last year to 2nd courtesy of 12 wins 18 2nd’s and 11 3rd’s. His older horses led the charge with Flintshire amassing 34 points to be his best performer and Wake Forest earning 27 points. The two year old Practical Joke added 25 points to carry high hopes in 2017.

Last year’s winner Chris Waller fell to 3rd this year but still had 8 win’s, 10 2nd’s and 11 3rd’s. Winx’s 6 wins puts her in the truly outstanding mould and she will attempt to win the Cox Plate for the 3rd time this year before that trip north in 2018.

In all 188 Trainer’s scored points this year –

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3. The Jockey’s Championship’s 2016

PRWC 2016 – Jockey
Rank Name Points Scored
1 Ryan Moore   347
2 Javier Castellano 211.5
3 Frankie Dettori   185

 

Ryan Moore retains the title won last year improving his points total from 270 to 347. It’s hardly surprising given his role as number one jockey to Ballydoyle, 20 G1 wins with 16 2nd’s and 7 3rd’s made up his tally. As well as winning 16 G1’s for the O’Brien team he also won for Henry Candy and Japanese trainers Noriyuki Hori and Yoshito Yahagi.

Javier Castellano improved one place from 2015 to 2nd with 9 wins including a dead heat in the Spinaway Stakes adding 9 2nd’s and 12 3rd’s. His association with Chad Brown provided 100 points.

Frankie Dettori filled 3rd spot with 7 wins, 10 2nd’s and 9 3rd place finishes. Was Galileo Gold Guineas his highlight or Wicklow Brave’s win in the Ascot Gold Cup.

In all 194 Jockeys scored points this year –

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We shall cover the other three categories in the next post.

Hong Kong Vase & Mile (G1)

Highland Reel leave the ring at Leopardstown for the Irish Champion Stakes

Highland Reel leave the ring at Leopardstown for the Irish Champion Stakes

Aidan sends Highland Reel and Cougar Mountain east to Hong Kong in a bid to cap an outstanding season. His lead in the Pattern Racing Trainers World Championships is unassailable but more of that in a later blog. His work isn’t finished yet for the year.

In the Vase Highland Reel will go off a short price favourite on a return to the course where he announced himself on the world stage last year when he beat Flintshire here. Since he’s won the King George V1 and Queen Elizabeth Stakes the highlight of the middle distance summer in Europe and then went on to run second to Found in the Arc. He then confirmed his superiority over Flintshire in the Breeders Cup Turf where the opposition jockeys didn’t show him the respect he deserves. He showed them though.

Cougar Mountain in the per parade ring at Leopardstown

Cougar Mountain in the per parade ring at Leopardstown

In the mile Aidan also send an old favourite in Cougar Mountain. He’s always been capable and every now and again he’s shown himself more than that. This course and ground could well bring out the best in him. He won the G2 Joel Stakes at Newmarket over 7f and then ran well at Santa Anita when 8th beaten 4 1/2 L in the Breeders Cup Mile. He’s a big price for this, 64/1 on the Sha Tin tote but he’s well drawn in 7 and he may well belie those odds and with Donnacha aboard he could run into a place and if the opposition show the same respect Highland Reel was shown in Santa Anita it might well be just better than that.

 

Recommendation: Highland Reel 1/1 win

                                        Cougar Mountain PMU E/W

Breeders Cup Turf (G1)

Found

Found on her way out to contest the Irish Champions Stakes

Found is one of those rare things in flat racing, a mare the public have fallen in love with. It’s what she gives that his created this, her all.  She’s been second eleven times in her life but each time she tried her heart out. Her last three run’s have been the best of her life. At Leopardstown over 10f, short of her best trip she was the only one who could give Almanzor a run for his money. In the Arc over 12f her best distance, none could live with her and again at Ascot in the Champion Stakes she only went down to Almanzor’s wonderful turn of foot. No wonder the public love her so much. She’s here to defend her crown against another quality field.

Highland Reel leave the ring at Leopardstown for the Irish Champion Stakes

Highland Reel leave the ring at Leopardstown for the Irish Champion Stakes

Her stablemate Highland Reel presents the biggest threat. He comes here a little fresher. He was given a break since the Arc where he chased home Found and did not return to Ascot for Champions Day, the scene of his greatest triumph when he took the King George there in the summer.

They both will love the trip and ground and will produce an epic battle coming down the stretch. It will be one of head and heart with the heart to come out on top.

Recommendation : Found 3/1 win

                                         Found and Highland Reel RFC 

 

Breeders Cup Juvenile Turf (G1)

Lancaster Bomber on his way out to win his maiden at Leopardstown in August

Lancaster Bomber on his way out to win his maiden at Leopardstown in August

This is the tenth running of the Juvenile Turf and Aidan O’Brien will attempt to win it for the fourth time with Lancaster Bomber and Intelligence Cross representing Ballydoyle. Ryan Moore has chosen the latter leaving Seamie Heffernan to get the leg up on Lancaster Bomber.

Intelligence Cross is the higher profile of the two and will line up to face the starter for the seventh time. All his runs to date have been over 6 f and he’s troubled the judge twice so far winning a maiden at the Curragh and returning thereafter to take the G3 Round Tower Stakes. In between he was stepped into G2 company where he ran second in the July Stakes at Newmarket to Mehmas and then third to the same colt in the Richmond Stakes at Goodwood. The fact that he ran in those two tells you he was held in high regard at home. He returned to Newmarket for his last run where he was again stepped up in class for the G1 Middle Park Stakes. He ran well to be fourth getting closer to Mehmas beaten a 1/2 L, with The Last Loin winning from Godolphin’s Blue Point in second.

Blue Point then contested Europe’s most important juvenile race the Dewhurst at Newmarket over 7 f. He ran third behind Churchill and the 66/1 shot, Lancaster Bomber. Going off at that price the expectation was Lancaster Bomber was there to set the fractions for his illustrious stablemate. He had been asked to play the same role in the Futurity for Churchill at the Curragh in August but wasn’t able to do so. He hung that day never acting on the yielding to soft ground falling away to finish last of four.

In the Dewhurst the price suggested a repeat the dose tactic for Lancaster Bomber, he was there to do a job for his illustrious stablemate Churchill. The expectation was he’d wind it up before folding in the final two furlongs. Once he hit the rising ground coming out of Newmarket’s famous dip he didn’t fold, he rallied and battled all the way to line only to give way to Churchill’s turn of foot.

It was the ground and step up in trip that was the key and it’s a crucial piece of form as it puts him ahead of his stablemate through the Mehmas line of form.

The further step up in trip here to a mile will certainly suit Lancaster Bomber. He has a high cruising speed and will have time to hit top gear. He’ll act on the fast surface as he did in his maiden win at Leopardstown and also in the Dewhurst. He’ll relish the chance to blow them away.

No harm doing the forecast either as Aidan O’Brien has made a bit of a habit of getting that up lately in G1 company.

 

Recommendation: Lancaster Bomber 8/1 win

                                        Lancaster Bomber and Intelligence Cross RFC