Doomben 10,000 finds place among the world’s top 100 Group 1 races
THE Doomben 10,000 has featured in the list of the World’s top ranking Group 1 races, being one of a record 26 entries on the list from Australia.
The list is compiled by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA) using an average of the official ratings from the first four horses across the line in each race and then averaged across three years.
The top-ranking race in the world is the Juddmonte International Stakes, run at York (UK), whose winners in the past three years have been Frankel, Declaration Of War and Australia, producing a figure of 124.17.
The Arc de Triomphe (France), QIPCO Champion Stakes (UK), Breeders’ Cup Classic (US) and Prince of Wales’s Stakes (UK) rounded out the top five.
The top ranked Australian race was the Queen Elizabeth Stakes, which came in 22nd at 119.92.
The Lightning Stakes, Canterbury Stakes, Cox Plate and Underwood Stakes rounded out the top five Australian races.
The 10,000 ranked in 77th place in the global rankings, ahead of races like the Caulfield Cup and Mackinnon Stakes.
# BRC officials expect grass to be planted on the new Eagle Farm course proper within the next three weeks.
Most of the drains are now in place and the layers of gravel and sand now cover a good percentage of the track, excluding the areas where tunnels will be dug under the course. Grass for those areas is being grown independently at another location and will be placed in block format when the tunnels are completed.
The new camber is clearly evident, with a 3 per cent, or 85cm, incline from inside to outside in some places.
Despite the progress, the likelihood of an August return to racing at headquarters is still regarded as optimistic