Cape bred horses have certainly made their mark in the International Ratings for 2012. No fewer than six gallopers bred in the Cape have been given an international ranking – which classifies the best performers in the world.

What A Winter is the highest rated South African bred horse of last year. The Daytona Stud bred horse received a rating of 120 for his facile win in the 2012 Gr1 Mercury Sprint. The magnificent son of Western Winter is slated to retire to stud later this year – and he will prove a welcome addition to the South African stallion band. His rating places What A Winter above such international Gr1 winners as Camelot, Manighar and Deep Brillante to name a few.

The brilliant sprinter Shea Shea and Horse of the Year Variety Club receive a joint rating of 119 for last season. Shea Shea gained his mark off a sensational win in the Gr1 Computaform Sprint. The Klawervlei bred son of National Emblem has since been exported – and, judging on the form he showed locally, is an exciting prospect for 2013.

Variety Club’s rating 119 was gained for two performances – his victory in the Gr2 KZRA Guineas and his sparkling win in the Gr2 Green Point Stakes.
It will be interesting to see what the Beaumont Stud bred son of Var will receive for his exploits in 2013!

Shea Shea and Variety Club share their respective ratings with international Gr1 winners Camelot (2000 Guineas, Derby), Flat Out (Jockey Club Gold Cup), and All Too Hard (Caulfield Guineas).

Varsfontein Stud’s Gimmethegreenlight received a rating of 118 for his gutsy defeat of Variety Club in the Queen’s Plate, which equals the rating achieved by Highlands Farm’s Jackson. A son of Dynasty, Jackson received his mark off his defeat of Variety Club in the 2012 Gr1 Investec Cape Derby.

Normandy Stud’s Bravura received a rating of 118 following his J&B Met second place finisher, while Maine Chance’s Ato got rated 116 following his win in the Gr1 Krisflyer International Sprint.

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