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The Cox Plate (G1)

Rostropovich after his last win at Leopardstown over Irish Champions Weekend

Aidan O’Brien has sent Rostropovich to be his runner in the Cox Plate. 

There’s been a lot of talk about the quality of the European form versus the Australian equivalent and the concentration of the argument has centered around Godolphin’s Benbatl winner of the Ladbrokes Stakes at Caulfield two weeks ago and his chance of beating Winx denying her a fourth win in this race, the Arc of down under.

Rostropovich’s whose best form came at the Curragh in the Irish Derby in June where he put in a battling performance to finish second to Latrobe, a place in front of Saxon Warrior has largely been ignored.

After the Curragh he went to Ascot for the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes, England’s premier middle contest. Seamie Heffernan rode him positively bringing him to the front early making it a true run gallop, in the straight he began to thread water staying on eventually to finish fifth. 

He was given a break until September and brought back for a much easier encounter at G3 level where he beat his stable companion Giuseppe Garibaldi, all three trips over a mile and half.

It’s interesting that he’s brought back in trip here to ten furlongs, a trip he last won over in May when he took the Dee Stakes at Chester on a track not too dissimilar to Moonee Valley. That win brought a trip to Paris for the French Derby where he failed to land a blow behind Study Of Man hence the step up in trip.

Can he become the most unpopular horse ever to visit Australia? 

Well he has a chance, a son of Frankel means it’s in his blood and his best form, finishing in front of Saxon Warrior means he’s not far away from being up there with Roaring Loin given the Irish Champion Stakes run of Saxon Warrior, albeit on his best day. 

Winx has nothing to prove, she will be trying to win her seventh G1 of the year after a long campaign. She likes to come from off the pace, from way off the pace actually and Hugh Bowman her rider always exudes the utmost of supreme confidence giving her the opportunity to find her stride before she unleashes her turn of foot. It’s always been enough. 

Winx is the current Pattern Racing World Championship having won six G1’s last year. Since the beginning of the championships in 2013 no horse has ever won seven. It will be wonderful to watch her do it and have Australia celebrate but with Ryan Moore likely to let Rostropovich take it on, there’s a chance, an outside one, that her speed may just be tested, just once to often this season.

Recommendation: Rostropovich 33/1 ew

You can follow the story of the G1 Pattern Race year by clicking on the links below. There you’ll find how the 251 G1’s already run this year have panned out in championship format.

PRWC 2018 HorsePRWC 2018 JockeyPRWC 2018 TrainerPRWC 2018 SirePRWC 2018 OwnerPRWC 2018 Breeder





The Pattern Racing World Championships 2017

The 2018 pattern racing season is about to go into full flow.

Before we get too immersed in it we are taking this opportunity to look back on last year and announce the winners of the Pattern Racing World Championships 2017, now in their fifth year.

How the Pattern Racing World Championships Work

These championships are created by allocating points for a placing in a Group 1 or Grade 1 race. It’s simple, in a Group or Grade 1, a win earns 10 points, second 7 points and third 5 points. Points for participants are accumulated over all G1 races in the calender year.

In 2017 306 races were included from the pattern race programme. Each race offers 22 points so there’s a total pot of 6,732 points available to win in the year. The races included all the G 1’s from Australia, Japan, Hong Kong, UAE, France, Italy, England, Germany, Ireland, USA and Canada.

Tables are created for each category based on accumulated points won  establishing a championship position.

Pattern Racing World Championship Categories

There are six categories 1. Horse, 2. Trainer, 3. Jockey, 4. Sire, 5. Owner 6. Breeder. Each category compete for the same number of points.

Pattern Racing World Championship Tables

This year we have a dynamic tables for each category that you allow you to drill down into

1. each participants achievements during the year.

2. see which races they were placed in, the date of the race and the points won, all with dynamic headers.

3. you can then drill into the individual race.

4. and view more details of the participants championship position, details on the race and how it panned out for the participant.

Why Have The Pattern Racing World Championships?

Racing is an extremely competitive sport. The championships categorise racing’s participants comparing their performances globally with their peers. G1 status provides the benchmark. Achievement is recognised, consistency rewarded, standing is established.

As ever the cream rises to the top.

A Summary of the Pattern Racing World Championships 2017

Overall 2017 was a year where the Coolmore powerhouse asserted it’s dominance winning four of the six categories, prehaps a taster of what is to come over the next decade. Owner, Trainer, Jockey and Sire all went the way of the Coolmore operation. The Breeders category and Horse category went to others.

Below is the top three for each category.

Click on the header or below on the right of the  to reveal the full table and find out more.

PRWC 2017 – Horse

Championship Finishing Position Horse  Championship Points Won No of Pattern Race Placings
1 Winx 60 6
2 Abel Tasman 51 6
3 Enable 50 5

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Winx came out on top in 2017. Her six runs at G1 level yielded six wins, a feat she also achieved in 2016. Her finest moment saw her capture a third consecutive Cox Plate. Unfortunately we won’t get to see Winx in Europe this year instead her trainer Chris Waller will target a fourth Cox Plate as her ultimate aim.

Abel Tasman the Kentucky Oaks winner filled second spot winning three G1’s and running second in another three.

Enable filled third spot. The Epsom Oaks winner had five G1’s wins capping off a fine season culminating in her Arc win, something she’ll try to emulate this year.

PRWC 2017 – Trainer

Championship Finishing Position Trainer  Championship Points Won No of Pattern Race Placings
1 A P O’Brien 553 73
2 Chad C Brown 299 40
3 Bob Baffert 287 36

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It was a stunning performance from Aidan O’Brien who retains the title won in 2016  (477 points, 2016). A world record twenty-eight G1’s was accompanied by twenty-four runner-up spots and twenty-one third place finishes.

Chad Brown retains second place (301, 2016). He had fifteen G1 winners and filled the runners-up spot on twelve occasions and registered thirteen third place finishes.

Bob Baffert improved a place from fourth in 2016 (194 points, 2016) to third. He also had fifteen G1 winners and filled the runner-up spot sixteen times and registered five third place finishes.

PRWC 2017 – Jockey

Championship Finishing Position Jockey  Championship Points Won No of Pattern Race Placings
1 Ryan Moore 359 45
2 Mike E Smith 250 31
3 Jose L Ortiz 247 32

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Ryan Moore also takes the jockey’s title, for the third year in succession. He once again improved his total (347, 2016) (270. 2015) in a year which brought twenty-two G1’s wins, twelve seconds and thirteen third place finishes. Of those wins all but one was for Aidan O’Brien. Winter, Highland Reel and Roly Poly were the triple givers.  The other G1, out east, was for Osamu Hirata when he rode Gold Dream to win the Champions Cup, formerly the Japan Cup (Dirt).

Mike Smith improved from fifth last year (171, 2016) to second this year with fifteen G1’s wins. He was runner-up on ten occasions and third six times. His association with Bob Baffert yielded nine of those wins, three on Abel Tasman and two on Arrogate.

Jose Ortiz, the younger of the Ortiz brothers was the big mover going from twentieth last year (97, 2016) to third in 2017. He rode thirteen G1 winners, ran second eleven times and filled the third spot eight times. Chad Brown provided five of his G1 wins.

PRWC 2017 – Sire

Championship Finishing Position Sire  Championship Points Won No of Pattern Race Placings
1 Galileo (IRE) 451 59
2 Dubawi (IRE) 200 28
3 Medaglia d’Oro (USA) 151 19

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Galileo was just short of last years total (454, 2016) but he remains the engine for the Coolmore operation. In 2013 his score was 160, in 2014 it was 261 and in 2015 it was 257. The last two years have been stunning. He matched the twenty-four G1 win’s he had in 2016 again in 2017 with eighteen seconds and seventeen third place finishes to remain a distance clear of the field.

Dubawi moves back up the podium to second having got the bronze the previous year (146, 2016), a position he last held in 2015 when he scored 220 points.

Medaglia d’Oro is the new kid on the block, eighth the previous year (103, 2016) when he had seven G1 wins. He added another three to make it ten in 2017.

PRWC 2017 – Owner

Championship Finishing Position Owner Championship Points Won No of Pattern Race Name
1 Coolmore Syndicate 564 74
2 Godolphin 451 63
3 Khalid Abdullah 138 16

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Coolmore is unquestionably the most powerful operation on the planet. The upward curve continues (494, 2016).  Coolmore owned horses won thirty G1’s on the track last year (23, 2016), sixteen in England, seven in Ireland, three in France, three in the States and Highland Reel bowed out with the final one in Hong Kong.

Godolphin had a year of change with the departure of John Ferguson. His replacement Joe Osborne saw an improved position on 2016 (379, 2016) with the year producing eighteen G1 wins, six more than 2016. No doubt he’ll try to build on that in 2018.

Khalid Abdullah’s Juddmonte operation moved from eighth last year (66, 2016) to third in 2017. Arrogate set the world alight at the beginning of the year those with wins in the Pegasus World Cup and then that incredible performance in the Dubai World Cup, then came Enable. What a season for the Prince.

PRWC 2017 – Breeder

Championship Finishing Position Breeder Championship Points Won No of Pattern Race Placings
1 Darley 261 36
2 Northern Racing 160 20
3 Juddmonte 120 16

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Darley retained their number one position for the third year in a row (268, 2016). This year they had eleven G1 individual winners (eight for Godolphin) with thirteen runner-up placings and twelve third place finishes.

Northern Racing are second as they were last year (156,2016) with ten G1 wins from eight individuals.

Juddmonte filled third spot up with six G1 wins, five coming from Enable.

Poule d’Essai des Poulains (Group 1)


It’s interesting that Ryan Moore has elected to ride Peace Envoy in preference to Orderofthegarter today in the French 2000 Guineas. Orderofthegarter is a 5/1  shot and will be ridden by Seamie Heffernan while Peace Envoy can be backed at 12/1 with the leading stable jockey on his back.

Orderofthegarther has been a winner in both his runs this season while Peace Envoy was beaten of his seasonal debut at Naas two weeks ago in The Tetrarach Stakes.

Ryan had come up the inside and at the two furlong pole he found himself trapped on the rail with two horses in front of him with another pair on his outside. He’d nowhere to go and could only sit and wait. As they entered the final furlong and they stretched no gap came. To make matters worse, of the two in front of him, the one on the outside began to roll in on the one on the inside causing Pat Smullen to snatch up further impeding any chance Peace Envoy had.

It was just one of those things nowhere to go however they appeared to be plenty to hide. At the moment of the snatch up Moore was about to unleash Peace Envoy and his demeanor in the saddle suggested he had every confidence that his horse could pick up and win. It never happened because of the scrummaging but today the pair remain loyal to each other.

It’s worth noting the colt had a good two year old season and that Moore won the race last year on The Gurkha who went there with a similar profile. Peace Envoy looks over priced, had he won at Naas he’d be less than 5/1.

Recommendation : Peace Envoy 12/1 ew


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.