Third world title for Black Caviar

Black Caviar has been rated World Champion Sprinter for the third year in a row by the International Federation of Horse Authorities.

Australia’s unbeaten champion was assigned a rating of 130 by the WTR Committee for 2012.  In another remarkable year, Black Caviar won six from six and extended her career winning sequence to 22 after travelling to England and winning the G1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot in June.

Her rating of 130 was achieved in the G1 Lightning Stakes in February when she defeated Hay List at Flemington.  That race has been renamed the Black Caviar Lightning by the Victorian Racing Club and is expected to be Black Caviar’s starting point for her farewell campaign on February 16.

Black Caviar (Bel Esprit) headed the Sprint division ahead of Hay List (125) who achieved his rating in carrying 58.5kgs to a courageous victory over Buffering in the Newmarket Handicap at Flemington in March.

Black Caviar and Hay List led a total domination of the Turf Sprint division by Australian bred horses with the next five spots being filled by Atlantic Jewel (122), Rocket Man (122), Sepoy (122), Foxwedge (121) and Mental (121).

Black Caviar also headed the Four Years Old and Up Mares Mile category (1301m-1899m) for her effortless win in the Group 1 Orr Stakes over 1400m at Caulfield in February when she was assigned a mark of 125.

Champion mare More Joyous was the second highest rated mare in this distance category for her win in the Doncaster Handicap in April, when she carried 57.5kg to victory in the famous Randwick mile.

Undefeated superstar Frankel topped the listings that were released by the IFHA in London on Tuesday.  Frankel (Galileo) was allotted 140, the highest rating assigned to a racehorse since Dancing Brave was given a mark of 141 in 1986.

Third world title in a row for champion mare