Dundeel Top NZ Performer

Six-time Group One winner Dundeel has been confirmed as the world’s best New Zealand-bred performer this season with an international rating of 122.

The former Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman-trained son of High Chaparral earned top billing in the latest LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings.

The four-year-old defeated the previously unbeaten mare Atlantic Jewel in the Gr.1 Underwood Stakes in the spring and returned in the autumn to beat Sacred Falls, Carlton House and Silent Achiever in the Gr.1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

The latter performance, in which Dundeel kicked clear off a punishing pace, ranks him second only to Northern Hemisphere four-year-old Magician among the world’s best entires over 2000 metres on turf.

In Australia and New Zealand, only the world’s top-rated sprinter Lankan Rupee (123) ranks above Dundeel, who retires to Arrowfield Stud this spring as the winner of 10 of his 19 starts.