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Rocket Man "Didn't Come Close" To Caviar On Ratings

Tuesday, 24th May 2011

The UK Racing Post's authoritative "World Class" ratings service (an analysis of the international scene according to Racing Post Ratings) has entered the debate over the relative merits of Rocket Man's victory in the weekend's Gr1 KrisFlyer International Sprint in Singapore & her trainer Patrick Shaw's declaration that his Australian-bred is the world's best sprinter, with the emphatic rebuttal that Rocket Man "didn't come close to Black Caviar on the ratings - and he didn't even produce the performance of the week". Indeed "World Class" analyst Sam Walker asserted: "By no measure is Rocket Man the champion of the world & his defeat of a bunch of Singapore Gr3 horses did nothing to bring him any closer to the brilliant Australian mare who still leads the world on Racing Post Ratings." Walker summed up: "Let's get it straight: Rocket Man is a superb, world-class sprinter. He is a worthy incumbent of the prestigious post of far-east sprint champion - a position which was held by world-renowned horses like Sacred Kingdom, Silent Witness & Absolute Champion. But, entitled though his connections are to be proud & excited of their star, they are shooting at the moon when they talk him up as 'better than' Black Caviar. Rocket Man may be the next Sacred Kingdom or Absolute Champion, which is a massive accolade, but Black Caviar is not the next anything - she is unique. She hits killer, relentless sectionals, has the ability & consistency to drum out hugely impressive wins a couple of weeks apart & has never been beaten. She is the highest-rated mare in Racing Post Ratings history & has produced a record-equalling five 130+ runs in her career, a level which Rocket Man is yet to hit. . . . . Rocket Man ranks with the best sprinters in the world, but is behind what may prove to be an all-time legend." To read the full Racing Post analysis, click on the link in The Great Debate panel on the right-hand-side of this page.

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