Black Piranha moves into world top 50

Black Piranha’s successful defence of his Stradbroke Handicap crown has earned the Sydney galloper international recognition.

The sprinter-miler has forced his way into the top 50 in the latest world thoroughbred rankings compiled by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities.
With a 119 rating, Black Piranha is the equal highest-ranked Australian-trained galloper with Doncaster Mile winner Rangirangdoo. They are equal 27th.

While Rangirangdoo maintains his rating he slips from equal 22nd while Black Piranha becomes a member of the elite group after back-to-back wins in the $1 million Stradbroke Handicap.

“For the horse to be regarded so highly is a tremendous thrill for myself and the owners,” trainer Con Karakatsanis said.

“It certainly puts him in esteemed company … not bad for a little battler from Rosehill.”

English Derby winner Workforce heads the latest world rankings with a 127 rating.

Ex-Australian sprinter Starspangledbanner is equal 17th with a 121 rating.

Rangirangdoo’s stablemate Danleigh earned a 118 rating for his George Ryder Stakes victory to be ranked in equal 43rd place.

Black Piranha will continue to spell for another fortnight before he starts a preparation that will involve a different spring target to 2009.

“Last year I set him for the Cox Plate but he didn’t handle the Moonee Valley track so he won’t be going that way,” Karakatsanis said.

Karakatsanis revealed Hong Kong officials have already issued an invitation for Black Piranha to take part in international raceday at Sha Tin in December.

“The Hong Kong Mile is an option but that’s about all at this stage,” Karakatsanis said.

“He’s not a great traveller so I would have to take that into consideration before making definite plans to race him in Hong Kong.”