The 2014 / 2015 season recently concluded and we've finalised our category tables for the top 10 rated individual performances, according to WFA Performance Ratings.
The ratings are expressed at weight for age, so horses can be directly compared regardless of age, sex, distance or time of the year.
2 Year Olds
There's no surprises in Vancouver topping the list. He was the only 2YO to reach what we would call a truly elite level of performance (107+). Special mention should go to Petits Filou (C Maher) who ran a 101.5 rating on debut winning by 6 lengths at Moonee Valley and then came out on the first day of the new season as a 3 year old to run a 102 rating when winning again at Moonee Valley. She missed the season cut off by one day, otherwise that 102 performance would have landed her in 10th position.
3 Year Olds
Brazen Beau firmly stamped himself as our best 3 year old with top class ratings in both the Spring and Autumn. Alpine Eagle (T McEvoy) just missed the list with a 104.9 rating in the Australian Guineas behind Wandjina. He looks a horse with scope to improve so it will be most interesting to see what level he can reach in the forthcoming season.
Sprinters to 1350m (All Ages)
Chautauqua, Lankan Rupee and Terravista may have been upstaged by Brazen Beau in the Newmarket, but the ratings show that across the season they still held the better individual performances. A key part of that was the relative merit in the time and sectional figures by each horse in their different runs. The speed aspect of races is an important part of the WFA Performance Rating mix and a key driver of their overall effectiveness.
Milers 1351m to 1799m (All Ages)
Dissident dominated the Milers category with 3 of the top 5 rating individual performances, all back in the Spring of 2014. While his Autumn performance didn't rate as highly, he still won another 2 x G1 races, an outstanding season all round.
Distance 1800m+ (All Ages)