AUSTRALIAN Hugh Bowman has replaced Ryan Moore as the world’s top-ranked jockey on the TRC Global Rankings after Moore had been steady at the top for ten months.
The 36-year-old Bowman takes over after a week in which he landed two Gr1s – one of them on wondermare Winx – on the second Saturday of The Championships at Randwick in Sydney while Moore was on duty – and out of luck – in Ireland.
The Englishman has held the number one spot since the TRC standings were launched last October. However, the TRC data goes back to the start of 2014, and Moore has been in the top position for the last 46 weeks, and for 74 in total in that period, more than any other rider.
This is Bowman’s second stint as #1, having held the top spot for seven weeks last year. Indeed it was after the first Saturday of The Championships at Randwick in 2016 when Bowman first went top (Winx was another big winner for him that weekend). He stayed there until May 22, when Moore took over as the Aidan O’Brien stable got into full swing.
O’Brien remains at Number 1 on the TRC Trainers’ Rankings, with Australian Darren Weir in second and US trainer Bob Baffert in third.
Coolmore and partners are at the top of the owners’ rankings, with Godolphin second. Across the board, the owners’ rankings reflect South Africa’s Mayfair Speculators as one of the biggest movers in the last three months, from the high 130s through the 60s and the 30s and into the Top 15 this week.
Japan-based Deep Impact holds Galileo and Dubawi on the sires’ list.
The TRC Global Rankings are a measure of an individual’s level of achievement over a rolling three-year period.
They are based not on prize money the individuals’ representatives have won but on the quality of the performances those runners have put up in Group and Graded races. There are about 1,450 qualifying races around the world every year.