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Carpenter Predicts "Highest-Rated Sprinter Ever"

Monday, 21st February 2011

Black Caviar's "arrogant demolition of the Lightning Stakes has put her on the cusp of global greatness - even though trainer Peter Moody is standing firm in his resistance to travel the world - with the sprint queen's one-act affair in the Gr1 Lightning expected to see her international rating soar to previously unobtained levels," reported The Daily Telegraph. Moody's mare attained a World Thoroughbred Ranking of 123 following her Gr1 Patinack Farm Classic win last November, which placed her equal with Silent Witness & Sacred Kingdom. But Black Caviar "is now poised to move past Oasis Dream's 125 (the highest ranking ever achieved by a sprinter since the rankings were introduced in 2002); Oasis Dream took his mark for his UK Gr1 July Cup win where he defeated Australian star Choisir (who was coming off victories in Royal Ascot's King's Stand Stakes & Golden Jubilee Stakes). Racing Victoria chief handicapper Greg Carpenter (also a member of the World Thoroughbred Ranking Committee) "said his view was that Black Caviar ran to at least that level in the Lightning" & confirmed that "if the decision rested exclusively with him, Black Caviar's rating would catapult above 130". Carpenter explained the "line he took was that Hay List (a 120-rated horse) was going to be beaten by 6-lengths by Black Caviar before jockey Luke Nolen eased the mare down" & "that would put her to 131, she could have run to that." And Carpenter predicted that by the end of the year, Black Caviar would "scale heights previously not climbed by a sprinter. I think she will be the highest-rated sprinter there has ever been."

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