The World Rankings have been announced for the past flat year and once again Cracksman is the top rated European horse. This year he is the best in the world alongside Australian wonder mare Winx on 130.
This means that the debate can now begin.
Cracksman, like last year, saved his best performance for the Champion Stakes run on his favoured soft ground. And Winx was beating more or less the same horses again. But she has been doing it for a good few years.
But, was Roaring Lion, who won four Group Ones, including a defeat of King George winner Poets Word, really three pounds his inferior? They avoided each other on Champions Day due to them being trained by John Gosden.
And getting back to Poets Word. His Ascot win was one of the races of the season. Alpha Centauri was only given 124 yet her wins in the Coronation Stakes and the Jacques le Marois were of the highest quality.
I am playing devils advocate but we will all have our own thoughts on the rankings.
Too Darn Hot is, predictably, the top two year old in Europe and five pounds ahead of his nearest rival. The John Gosden trained colt was allotted 126 which is the highest since Frankel and Dream Ahead in 2010. Only Xaar has achieved a higher rating. If he trains on he could be something very special. More on the thoroughbred world rankings http://wp.me/p8e3Dl-1xf
Altior won as he liked, despite jumping left. It will be a major shock if he fails to defend his Champion Chase crown in a little over six weeks.
Presenting Percy won his second Galmoy Hurdle on his seasonal debut and is now as short as 3/1 for the Gold Cup. He is also 2/1 for the Stayers Hurdle. Seems strange but I guess the bookies are taking no chances in case of a change of plan. He will probably have a crack at the Red Mills Chase next, a race he was second in last term, before heading for Cheltenham. He will improve for this pipe opener for sure.