Well Armed, winner of the world’s richest race, the US$6-million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I), on March 28, has his official rating put up 5 pounds, from 119 to 124, making the best dirt horse currently racing.
The official handicappers involved in the World Thoroughbred Rankings unanimously came up with the revised rating within days of his greatest triumph.
Gary O’Gorman, co-chairman of the World Rankings Supervisory Committee and Senior Flat Handicapper of the Irish Turf Club Well, commented: "Well Armed put up a career best performance in romping home by 14 lengths in the Emirates Airline Dubai World Cup, in the process laying down a marker for the accolade of top dirt performer in the world."
The official handicappers from around the globe, who include Tom Robbins, chairman of the North American Ratings Committee and Vice President (Racing), Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, each input ratings for every Grade/Group I race within 48 hours of it taking place. If there are any differences of opinion, these are discussed and a rating is agreed.
Regarding the Dubai World Cup, the official handicappers all came up with the same figure of 124 for Well Armed, who is trained by Eoin Harty in California and owned by WinStar Farm.
There were other changes to rankings following the Dubai World Cup raceday at Nad Al Sheba on March 28.
O’Gorman added: "Gladiatorus (126) has assumed the mantle of top active racehorse in the world following his stunning performance in winning the Dubai Duty Free (UAE-I) according to the World Thoroughbred Rankings, compiled by the panel of handicappers/racing secretaries affiliated to the IFHA (International Federation of Horseracing Authorities). The performance of Gladiatorus exceeded the previous highest-rated winner of the Dubai Duty Free (Admire Moon, 125 in 2007) and marks him out as a most exciting prospect.
"There have been a number of notable performances by sprinters in the early part of 2009. Top Australian speedster Apached Cat (121) replicated his previous best rating by annexing the Pulse Pharmacy Australia Stakes (Aus-I) but he has now been joined at that level by his compatriot Scenic Blast (121), who achieved this mark by winning the Crown Newmarket Handicap (Aus-I).
"The pair are closely followed by South African sprinter JJ The Jet Plane (120) who put up a fine performance in winning the Al Quoz Sprint (UAE-III)in Dubai, while Big City Man (119) produced the best performance by a dirt sprinter in 2009 so far when winning the Dubai Golden Shaheen (UAE-I) in impressive fashion."