As another racing season winds to a close, The Courier-Mail decided to look back on the best performances produced on Queensland racetracks this season.
We asked Gary Crispe’s Racing & Sports for their Timeform assessments and also delved into Daniel O’Sullivan’s BetSmart weight-for-age performance ratings (WPRs) to see which horses topped the charts.
Predictably, Alligator Blood and Rothfire head the pecking order for both organisations.
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Rothfire was a class above his opposition in the Group 1 JJ Atkins Stakes at Eagle Farm. Picture: Trackside PhotographySource:The Courier-Mail
Timeform assessed Alligator Blood’s Magic Millions 3YO Guineas win at 118, to head the Queensland-based performances. Even if he is disqualified from that race, his two subsequent performances in Melbourne (rated 120 and 123) have him comfortably the highest-rated Queensland-trained horse this season.
Alligator Blood also topped the WPR rankings for his Guineas win at 104.3.
Then it’s all about Rothfire. O’Sullivan had the Rob Heathcote-trained youngster turning in the next four best performances on Queensland racetracks this season, headed by his Group 1 JJ Atkins win, which rated 104.
Similarly, Timeform concurred with that being next best, assessing it at 117, which puts him second to only Farnan (122) for all juveniles to race in Australia this season.
After those two horses, Timeform and The Ratings Bureau take on a very different look.
Trekking (117 in Stradbroke), Victorem (115 in Victory Stakes), Invincibella (115 in MM F&M) and Best Of Days (115 in Eagle Farm Mile) come in next on the Timeform ratings.
Alligator Blood set the benchmark for Queensland-trained horses with his win in the Magic Millions 3YO Guineas. Picture: AAPSource:AAP
The WPR charts, which use a different methodology, threw up a runner from left field in determining the next best ‘performance’ in Queensland this season.
It belonged to Desert Man, who rated 101 in winning a Class 3 Plate by a big space in September and then a similar 100.2 in winning by a similar margin at his next outing. Desert Man then bled at his next start and hasn’t been the same since, maxing out in the 80s range from plenty of starts this prep.
Similarly, the WPR charts also had Emerald Kingdom rated highly (101) for his Eagle Farm 1400m romp in March. Again, he didn’t come back at the same level during his three-start winter campaign.
Other horses to reach 100 on the WPR figures were Vega One (Gateway), Away Game (Magic Millions), Vanna Girl (Roses) and Isotope, who ran that figure twice before bumping into Rothfire in the winter features.
Desert Man produced outstanding figures for his Class 3 Plate win at Doomben last year. Picture: AAPSource:AAP
On a national scale, Timeform had the three highest-rated performances of the season belonging to Nature Strip, who reached 129 in the T.J. Smith and 128 in both the Darley Classic and Challenge Stakes.
The imported Addeyyb ran 128 in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick, while Bivouac produced a 127 in the Newmarket.
O’Sullivan’s WPRs had Nature Strip’s best at 111 and the same horse also owning the top three performances, followed by Bivouac (108.3), then Lys Gracieux (Cox Plate), Yes Yes Yes (The Everest) and Exceedance (Coolmore) joining Addeybb at 108.
Originally published asGator, Rothfire top charts as Queensland’s finest
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