There were some terrific performances on the track over the weekend, but none better than Hartnell who ran to a new WFA Performance Rating peak of 111. That's a world class figure which makes him a serious threat to Winx and puts him clearly on top of our latest rankings.
Here's the top 10 rated performances from the last week's racing, with commentary on the most notable:
His dominate 111 rating win the Turnbull Stakes was a world class performance and a clear improvement on his previous peak of 108. His combination of fast overall time with very fast sustained sectional ratings is something we rarely see. Once again he was eased down over the last 75m and undoubtedly would have rated a little higher if pushed out to the line.
There’s absolutely no doubt that he is a legitimate contender to Winx who has peaks of 111.5 (2016 Doncaster) and 113 (2015 Cox Plate when ideally suited by a rails bias and dream run through the field.)
JAMEKA – 105.9
She has gone to an entirely new level this preparation, improving yet again from her last start 104.8 peak in the Naturalism Stakes. She’s a real testament to Ciaron Maher’s abilities as a trainer; stakes placed as a 2YO over 1000m, VRC Oaks winner as a 3YO and now a top Caulfield Cup contender as a 4YO. With performance ratings around the 106 level, she also moves into the realm of a genuine G1 WFA horse. Outside of Hartnell and Winx, she’s now the next best middle distance horse in the Country.
EXTREME CHOICE – 105
An elite rating win in the Blue Diamond made him our top rated 2YO of last season (despite a defeat in the Golden Slipper) and his return in the Moir Stakes showed that he’s well and truly ready to go on with it as a 3YO.
The pace up front was above average, but they certainly didn’t fly along so his effort to come from the back and win running away from them carries more merit than the 105 rating indicates. His combination of overall time and sectional ratings was top class and shows that he has the potential to rate higher, especially over 1200m.
While Chautauqua ran below his best, it’s worth pointing out that in his last 3 preparations he has rated between 104 and 104.5 first up, so even if he ran up to his form, Extreme Choice would have still beaten him on Friday night.
RUSSIAN REVOLUTION – 104.5
Undefeated in four runs now, this was a clear new peak up from his prior best of 101. The 7 week break since his Vain Stakes win has obviously been a huge benefit.
The key to his win was a tactically brilliant ride from Kerrin McEvoy who established the lead at a slow speed and then seized the momentum initiative early enough so the dominant favourite Astern could not make up any ‘easy ground.’ With plenty of momentum passing the 600m Russian Revolution was able to clock a very fast 33.12s in the run home, making it virtually impossible for Astern to catch him.
ASTERN – 104
Returning from a setback after the Golden Rose, he rated well below his 108.7 peak and even 106 next best, but that was definitely contributed to by such a conservative ride early and the fact he was unable to make any easy ground on Russian Revolution. He ran 32.29 secs for his last 600m which is phenomenal and shows that he’s still going very well… on this day he was simply beaten by a much better ride from the opposing Jockey.
HAURAKI – 104
He did an outstanding job to come from a mile back and win the Epsom Hcp in the last stride. The quality of his closing speed ratings were outstanding and suggest that he could have a new peak to come this preparation. I’d like to see him step up to 2000m now, which may be the trip where we see his absolute best.
MADEENATY – 103
Her Maribyrnong Trial win at Flemington on Sunday was every bit as impressive on the clock as it appeared visually. She ran particularly fast time for a 2YO and her 103 rating is about as good as you’ll see for a debut performance. She still needs to learn to relax a little more (which is to be expected), but a performance of this quality already puts her in the picture as a key player for races like The Blue Diamond and Golden Slipper.
GLOBAL GLAMOUR – 103
As a 2YO we had her marked as the 3rd best 2YO Filly in the Country off the back of her Kembla Maiden win in January and that was looking a little shaky this preparation until she stepped up here with a terrific win in the 1600m G1 Flight Stakes.
Despite the small field she led in an even pace (just below average) and then kept running to record a strong overall time rating for an early 3YO Filly, holding off Yankee Rose by 0.5 lengths. Her 103 here was a new peak (up from 101.) There might be some perception that she was aided by Yankee Rose not going so well or being ridden poorly, but that’s not the case at all. Yankee Rose rated 102.2 (within a length of her 2YO peak) and given the even pace up front, Blake Shinn made his move on her in plenty of time. It was simply the quality of performance by Global Glamour that made the challenge too great. The key point I’m making here is not to underestimate Global Glamour… a 103 rating is a very good performance and as far as Fillies go this season, only Omei Sword (104.2) has gone better.