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Moody Criticises International Ratings
Meanwhile Black Caviar's trainer Peter Moody has criticised the World Thoroughbred Rankings "claiming glamour UK galloper Frankel enjoys preferential treatment from the assessment panel" reported racenet.com.au. The International Federation Of Horseracing Authorities produces the World Thoroughbred Rankings (via a panel of the world's official handicappers) & Frankel was rated at the top of the latest figures on 138, with Black Caviar next best on 130. However Frankel's rating rose from 136 to his new mark after defeating 5 rivals in the UK Gr1 Lockinge Stakes (8 furlongs) at Newbury last month, while Black Caviar's rating peaked at 132 at the end of 2011 before slipping back to 130 after her win in the Gr1 Lightning Stakes (1000m) at Flemington in February. Moody "expressed his frustration at Black Caviar's knockers continually arguing the mare is beating moderate horses, while Frankel is defeating small fields with the aid of a pace-maker (his 3/4-brother Bullet Train at his past 2 starts). Moody declared: "I find it ludicrous where we say she's beating ordinary horses. At her last 10 or 11 starts, she has beaten either one or multiple Gr1-winning horses. The other thing I find a little bit ludicrous is, with great respect & knowing what a great horse Frankel is, he can receive a higher rating every time he goes to the races with pace-makers supplied on his own dunghill. Her rating hasn't lifted for the past 6 or 7 runs for beating horses of a different variety, so that is a little bit hard to weigh up."