It’s been 81 days since Black Caviar thundered down the Randwick straight to record an emphatic 25th undefeated trip to the races in the TJ Smith Stakes.
But the now retired equine superstar is still clearly the highest rated galloper in the Asian Racing Federation.
With a rating of 130, the all-conquering sprinter is four points clear of Dubai World Cup winner Animal Kingdon on 126 while Japanese superstar Orfevre is the next best at 125.
Apart from Black Caviar, a host of international gallopers dominate the ratings. On 124 and sharing fourth position are Ambitious Dragon, Gold Ship, Military Attack and St Nicholas Abbey.
Black Caviar’s half-brother All Too Hard is rated at 122 while the horse he beat in last year’s Caulfiled Guineas, Pierro, is one spot lower on 121.
With the star colts, Black Caviar and Cox Plate winner Ocean Park (122) all retired, the ratings paint a picture of the changing of the guard in Australian racing. The path has been well and truly cleared for the next batch of superstars to announce themselves this spring.
Of the Australasian horses still racing, classy New Zealand colt It’s A Dundeel tops the ratings at 120. The Sydney triple crown winner is certain to race on this spring, with connections keen to chase Cox Plate success rather than head to the breeding barn just yet.
The small three-year-old with an electric turn of foot has already won four Australian Group 1s and collected more than $2.1 million in prizemoney.
Other Australian horses considered in the top 21 horses to race in the Asian Racing Federation are Peter Moody-trained sprinter Moment Of Change (119) and Darley-owned colt Epaulette (119).