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Tuesday, January 1, 2002



SOUTHWELL ON .......REST OFF



All-weather Flat racing at Southwell is due to go ahead today but all jump turf fixtures are off, with Ayr the last one to abandon.



GLOBEFORM HORSE OF THE YEAR



Point Given’s overwhelming win in the Belmont Stakes (G1) earned him the title Globeform Horse of The Year 2001. The powerful son of Thunder Gulch performed to Globeform 133 in the third leg of the US Triple Crown.

This is not the first time we have a mile and a half performer at the top of our annual handicap, but it is most unusual for a North American trained horse to top the list based on a performance over this distance.

That a US based 3-year-old puts up the best form in the world when racing over 1.5 miles, underlines what has been crystal clear for some time: Point Given was a very special racehorse. He lost the Kentucky Derby (G1) but that silly day apart, Point Given really was brilliant throughout his 3-year-old career. He beat A P Valentine by over 12 lengths in the Belmont, where the Kentucky Derby (G1) hero Monarchos was third. Bob Baffert’s star would have been worthy of a Triple Crown, but it was not to be. Instead he collected five Grade Ones: the Santa Anita Derby, Preakness Stakes, Belmont Stakes, Haskell Invitational and Travers Stakes. These wins were added to his seasonal debut win, in the Sab Felipe Stakes (G2), and Point Given scores full marks for durability and consistency. He put up top class performances from 1 1/16 miles to 1 .5 miles, which was arguably his best trip.

Point Given’s form stands above all other performers in 2001. On Globeform 133 he is a very good champion, though he falls six pounds short of the outstanding champion of 2000, Dubai Millennium –– who ran to Globeform 139. Sadly, both these racing machines are lost to the sport. Dubai Millennium was lost forever, but Point Given now begins his career at stud. In a perfect world, he should have met Tiznow and Sakhee in the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) at Belmont Park, a track he clearly liked, before taking up his new duties.

Galileo was the best 3-year-old on turf, as he performed to Globeform 127 when losing narrowly to Fantastic Light in the Irish Champion Stakes (G1). That run, combined with his two Derby victories and a win over Fantastic Light in the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (G1), made him a rock solid champion in Europe. His run in the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1), where he was well beaten behind Tiznow and Sakhee, had precious little to do with his true ability. Galileo was a high class horse, and effective over 10 and 12 furlongs.

Tiznow and Sakhee share top spot among the older horses, on Globeform 130. These two 4-year olds are both more than worthy of the title. Sakhee ran to GF 130 three times, in three very different races, and Tiznow did it twice, once at the beginning and at once the end of the season. Sakhee won the International Stakes (G1) at York, going left handed and racing over an extended 10 furlongs, then added the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (G1) over a right handed track on testing ground, and finally he lost that memorable duel with Tiznow in the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) over 10 furlongs on dirt. In addition to his win second win in the Classic, Tiznow ran up to his best also in the Santa Anita Handicap (G1) in March. He was in a class of his own that day and it is easy to speculate; could he have produced a higher rating if having to fight harder for that win? Quite possibly, but on GF 130 he shares the championship with Sakhee, whose Arc win indicated that he too may be capable of better than Globeform 130. He’ll be around to test that theory in 2002.

The juvenile Johannesburg raced to championship status both on turf and dirt. The Irish trained colt is now among the favorites for the Kentucky Derby (G1) 2002. He ran to Globeform 123 in the Middle Park Stakes (G1) over 6 furlongs on turf at Newmarket, and repeated the form when landing the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) over 1 1/16 miles on dirt at Belmont. The Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) was won by Tempera, who ran to Globeform 121+ and thus outpointed the English trained wonder filly Queen’s Logic (who ran to Globeform 120 in the Cheveley Park Stakes, G1).

Banks Hill was the best 3-year-old filly, regardless of distance or surface, and her win in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (G1) –– worth Globeform 125 –– also puts her above the best older filly or mare in 2001, the Beverly Hills (G1) winner Astra. She ran to Globeform 123 at Hollywood Park but was an unfortunate absentee at the Breeders’ Cup.

Xtra Heat ran to GF 121 when second in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) and thus became the best 3-year-old filly on dirt. Exogenous, Flute and Gold Mover were all close up on Globeform 120, in an evenly matched division lacking an outstanding star.

The 4-year-old Dream Supreme was not exactly the model of consistency in 2001, but she fired Globeform 122 winning the 6-furlong Princess Rooney Handicap (G3) at Calder by daylight. She beat Hidden Assets by nearly five lengths, spotting the runner-up eight pounds. That was the best run on dirt by a 4yo+ female this year, and at the time she looked a serious contender for the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1).

The sprint division was strong in 2001, but also a bit tricky to weigh up. Caller One ran an outstanding race at Nad Al Sheba in March, when he produced Globeform 128 on the straight track. We keep that form in its own category, as a one-turn sprint is quite a different ballgame. Caller One was also good in the US, but not as powerful as the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) hero Squirtle Squirt and Delaware Township, who signed off with a brilliant win in the DeFrancis Dash (G1). They both performed to Globeform 126. We had Squirtle Squirt a bit lower straight after the Sprint, but subsequent results made it clear that we had to make a correction to his rating.

Mozart was by far the best sprinter in Europe, but the division is very weak and his best rating –– achieved in the July Cup (G1) –– has been adjusted down a bit, to Globeform 125. One might suspect that top US sprinters, or the fastest horses in Japan, would clean up if campaigned in Europe.

Japan’s best horse Kurofune ran to Globeform 127 in the Japan Cup Dirt (G1) over 10.5 furlongs, and his GF 125 in the Musashino Stakes (G3) makes him the best miler on dirt. He won both these races by daylight, and broke two track records. The news of his career ending injury came recently, another loss to world class racing.

The Breeders’ Cup Mile winner Val Royal and the Prix du Moulin de Longchamp (G1) hero Slickly share the spot as top rated miler, both on Globeform 123 –– which is not a very high mark for this division. Not that French racing supreme Jean Luc Lagardere will mind, he bred both champions.

Jim And Tonic performed to the same mark as the two champion milers, when winning over the odd distance 1777 metres in Dubai. He earned our Special Award for that fine win over Hong Kong’s champion Fairy King Prawn and Australia’s wonder mare Sunline.



GLOBEFORM HORSE OF THE YEAR 2001:


POINT GIVEN (USA) –– GF 133

1998 ch c Thunder Gulch –– Turko’s Turn / Turkoman

Best race: Belmont Stakes (G1) 1 .5 miles –– Belmont Park, USA

Trainer: Bob Baffert, USA

Breeder: The Thoroughbred Corporation, Kentucky

Owner: The Thoroughbred Corporation


GLOBEFORM CHAMPION 2YO MALE:

Dirt:

JOHANNESBURG (USA) - GF 123
1999 b c Hennessy –– Myth / Ogygian

Best race: Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) 1 1/16 miles –– Belmont Park, USA

Trainer: Aidan O’Brien, Ireland

Breeders: W. G. Lyster III & Jayeff "B" Stables, Kentucky

Owners: Mrs John Magnier and Michael Tabor

Turf:

JOHANNESBURG (USA) - GF 123
1999 b c Hennessy –– Myth / Ogygian

Best race: Middle Park Stakes (G1) 6 furlongs –– Newmarket, England



GLOBEFORM CHAMPIONS 2YO FILLIES:

Dirt:

TEMPERA (USA) - GF 121+
1999 dkb / br f A.P. Indy –– Colour Chart / Mr Prospector (Tr: Eoin Harty, USA)

Best race: Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) 11/16 miles –– Belmont Park, USA

Trainer: Eoin Harty, USA

Breeders: Darley Stud Management, Kentucky, USA

Owner: Godolphin Inc., USA

Turf:

QUEEN’S LOGIC (IRE) –– GF 120
1999 ch f Grand Lodge –– Lagrion / Diesis

Trainer: Mike Channon, England

Owner: Jaber Abdullah, England

Breeder: Kip McCreery, Ireland



GLOBEFORM CHAMPIONS, 3YO MALES:

Dirt:
POINT GIVEN (USA) –– GF 133
1998 ch c Thunder Gulch –– Turko’s Turn / Turkoman

Best race: Belmont Stakes (G1) 1 .5 miles –– Belmont Park, USA

Trainer: Bob Baffert, USA

Breeder: The Thoroughbred Corporation, Kentucky

Owner: The Thoroughbred Corporation


Turf:

GALILEO (IRE) –– GF 127
1998 b c Sadler’s Wells –– Urban Sea / Miswaki (Tr: Aidan O’Brien, Ireland)

Best race: Irish Champion Stakes (G1) 1 1/4 miles –– Leopardstown, Ire.

Trainer: Aidan O’Brien, Ireland

Breeder: D Tsui And Orpendale, Ireland

Owner: Mrs John Magnier and Michael Tabor



GLOBEFORM CHAMPIONS 3YO FILLES:

Turf:

BANKS HILL (GB) –– GF 125
1998 b f Danehill –– Hasili / Kahyasi (Tr: Andre Fabre, France)

Best race: Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf, 1 .25 miles, Belmont Park, USA

Trainer: Andre Fabre, France

Breeders: Juddmonte Farms, England

Owner: Juddmonte Farms Inc., England


Dirt:

XTRA HEAT (USA) –– GF 121
1998 b f Dixieland Heat –– Begin / Hatchet Man

Best race: Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1), 6 furlongs, Belmont Park, USA

Trainer: John E. Salzman, USA

Breeders: P. McLean Sr., P. McLean Jr., M. McLean,P. Feringa Jr., et al., Kentucky

Owner: Taylor Kenneth et al., USA


GLOBEFORM CHAMPIONS OLDER MALES:

Dirt and Turf:

SAKHEE (USA) - GF 130
1998 b c Bahri –– Thawakhib / Sadler’s Wells (Tr: Saeed bin Suroor, Dubai/England)

Best races:
Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1), 1 .25 miles dirt, Belmont Park, USA
Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (G1), 1 .5 miles turf, Longchamp, France
International Stakes (G1), 10.4 furlongs turf, York, England

Trainer: Saeed bin Suroor, England / Dubai

Breeders: Shadwell Farm Inc., England

Owner: Godolphin, Dubai / England


Dirt:

TIZNOW (USA) –– GF 130
1998 b c Cee’s Tizzy –– Cee’s Song / Seattle Song

Trainer: Jay M Robbins, USA

Breeder: Cecilia Straub Rubens, California

Owner: Cees Stable, USA

Best races:
Breeders’ Cup Classic, 1 .25 miles, Belmont Park, USA
Santa Anita Handicap (G1), 1 .25 miles, Santa Anita, USA



GLOBEFORM CHAMPIONS OLDER FILLIES & MARES:

Turf:

ASTRA (USA) –– GF 123
1996 b m Theatrical –– Savannah Slew / Seattle Slew

Best race: Beverly Hills Handicap (G1) 1 .25 miles, Hollywood Park, USA

Trainer: Simon Bray, USA

Breeders: Allen E. Paulson, Kentucky

Owner: Allen E. Paulson Living Trust, USA


Dirt:

DREAM SUPREME (USA) –– GF 122
1997 dkb / br f Seeking the Gold –– Spinning Round / Dixieland Band
Best race: Princess Rooney Handicap (G3), 6 furlongs, Calder, USA

Trainer: John E. Salzman, USA

Breeders: Kinsman Farm, Kentucky, USA

Owner: Kinsman Stable, USA



GLOBEFORM CHAMPIONS BY DISTANCE:

CHAMPION SPRINTERS:

Straight course on dirt:

CALLER ONE (USA) –– GF 128
1997 b g Phone Trick –– Baltic Sea / Danzig (Tr: James K. Chapman, USA)

Best race: Dubai Golden Shaheen (G3), 6 furlongs, Nad Al Sheba, UAE.


US Dirt (one turn):

SQUIRTLE SQUIRT (USA) –– GF 126
1998 dkb / br c Marquetry –– Lost the Code / Lost Code

Trainer: Robert Frankel, USA

Breeder: Drt. Audrey Narducci, Kentucky, USA

Owner: David J. Lansmann, USA


DELAWARE TOWNSHIP (USA) –– GF 126
1996 ch h Notebook –– Sunny Mimosa / Sunny North

Best race: DeFrancis Memorial Dash (G1), 6 furlongs, Laurel Park, USA

Trainer: Ben W. Perkins, USA

Breeders: Mrs & Mrs Harry Bono, Florida, USA

Owners: New Farm, USA


Turf:

MOZART (IRE) –– GF 125
1998 b c Danehill –– Victoria Cross / Spectacular Bid (Tr: Aidan O’Brien, USA)

Best race: July Cup (G1), 6 furlongs, Newmarket, England



CHAMPION MILERS:

Dirt:
KUROFUNE (USA) –– GF 125
1998 gr c French Deputy –– Blue Avenue / Classic Go Go

Best race: Musashino Stakes (G3), 1 mile, Tokyo Racecourse, Japan

Trainer: Kunihide Matsuda, Japan

Owner: Makoto Kaneko, Japan

Breeder: Nicholas M. Lotz, USA

Kurofune ran to Globeform 127 over 2100 metres (10.5 furlongs).



Turf:

VAL ROYAL (FR) –– GF 123
1996 b h Royal Academy –– Vadlava / Bikala

Best race: Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1), 1 mile, Belmont Park, USA

Trainer: Julio Canani, USA

Breeder: Jean Luc Lagardere, France

Owner: David S. Milch, USA


SLICKLY (FR) –– GF 123
1996 gr c Linamix –– Slipstream Queen / Conquistador Cielo

Best race: Prix du Moulin (G1), 1 mile, Longchamp, USA

Trainer: Saeed bin Suroor, England / Dubai

Breeder: Jean Luc Lagardere, France

Owner: Godolphin, Dubai / England

CHAMPIONS , 9 –– 10 furlongs (1 1/8 to 1 .25 miles)


Dirt:

TIZNOW (USA) –– GF 130
1998 b c Cee’s Tizzy –– Cee’s Song /Seattle Song (Tr: Jay M Robbins, USA)

Best races:
Breeders’ Cup Classic, 1 .25 miles, Belmont Park, USA
Santa Anita Handicap (G1), 1 .25 miles, Santa Anita, USA


Turf and dirt:

SAKHEE (USA) - GF 130
1998 b c Bahri –– Thawakhib / Sadler’s Wells (Tr: Saeed bin Suroor, Dubai/England)
Best races:
International Stakes (G1), 10.4 furlongs, York, England
Breeders’ Cup Classic, 1 .25 miles, Belmont Park, USA




CHAMPIONS, 11-12 furlongs (1 5/16 to 1 .5 miles)

Dirt:

POINT GIVEN (USA) –– GF 133
1998 ch c Thunder Gulch –– Turko’s Turn / Turkoman (Tr: Bob Baffert, USA)

Best race: Belmont Stakes (G1) 1 .5 miles –– Belmont Park, USA


Turf:

SAKHEE (USA) - GF 130
1998 b c Bahri –– Thawakhib / Sadler’s Wells (Tr: Saeed bin Suroor, Dubai/England)

Best race: Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (G1) 1.5 miles –– Belmont Park, USA


SPECIAL AWARD:
1777 metres turf (about 9 furlongs / 1 1/8 miles):

JIM AND TONIC (FR) –– GF 123
1994 ch g Double Bed –– Jimka / Jim French

Best race: Dubai Duty Free (G2), 1777 metres, Nad Al Sheba, UAE

This rating would have earned Jim And Tonic a joint championship over a mile (1609 metres), a distance over which the battle hardened French gelding is also effective, but not quite as good.

Trainer: Francois Doumen, France

Owner: J. D. Martin, France

Breeders: S A R L Nupsala, France

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