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Sea The Stars (M Kinane) wins Arc 2009

Sea The Stars: top of the pile in the World Thoroughbred Rankings

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Sea The Stars earns best rating for 12 years

SEA THE STARS has been crowned the best horse of 2009 in the World Thorougbred Rankings, as the John Oxx-trained superstar was awarded a mark of 136 during a remarkable season that culminated in victory in the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

Christopher Tsui's three-year-old was unbeaten from May to October with six Group 1 victories, and his mark of 136 is the highest for 12 years, since Peintre Celebre in 1997.

Breeders' Cup heroine Goldikova was next best with a mark of 130, and the dual Mile winner was also the highest ranked older horse at the age of five.

The Aidan O'Brien-trained pair of Rip Van Winkle and Fame And Glory had to play second fiddle to Sea The Stars on more than one occasion last season, and they were only separated by a point in the rankings.

Rip Van Winkle managed to land two Group 1 sucesses in an injury-hit campaign, and was rated the third best horse overall with a mark of 129, while Fame And Glory, who scored in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby, was awarded a mark of 128 - the same as American superstar Zenyatta.



Rank Horse Rating Trained
1 Sea The Stars 136 IRE
2 Goldikova 130 FR
3 Rip Van Winkle 129 IRE
4 Fame And Glory 128 IRE
4 Zenyatta 128 USA
6 Rachel Alexandra 127 USA
7 Cavalryman 125 FR
7 Conduit 125 GB
7 Gio Ponti 125 USA
7 Gladiatorus 125 UAE
7 Youmzain 125 GB

Read more in the 12-page World Thoroughbred Rankings pullout  in Wednesday's Racing Post




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