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17/01/02 Classifications Released: Sakhee the Top of Tree

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Godolphin owned galloper Sakhee has been crowned the leading galloper of 2001 after the International Classifications were released this week.

A four-year-old by Bahri, Sakhee (133) was undefeated at his three runs on turf during the year. Among his highlight performances was when he trounced his opposition in the Juddmonte International (G1-2000m) at York, winning by seven lengths.

He backed up later in the year to crush the world's best by six lengths in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (G1-2400m) at Longchamp in France.

His winning run ended when Tiznow went back to back to win the Breeders' Cup Classic (G1-2000m) on dirt in America.

There was no surprise when the brilliant Galileo was crowned the champion three-year-old on turf. A son of the champion Sadler's Wells, Galileo (129) won both the English and Irish Derbies and then beat the older horses in the King George V1 & Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes.

The United States star Point Given (130) was sensational on the dirt. He won six of his seven starts, five of the six were at Group One level. Point Given won two legs of the American Triple Crown, the Preakness Stakes (G1-1800m) and the Belmont Stakes (G1-2400m).

In the two-year-old division Johannesburg (126) was the logical selection after he displayed his class with Group One wins in no less than four countries. He won at the top level on both sides of the Atlantic and showed his versatility by starring on both dirt and turf. His greatest win would have had to have been when he travelled to American and easily beat the best that country had on offer in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1-1600m).

The 2001 International Classifications

The 25th International Classifications Committee (ICC) meeting was held in Dublin in December 2001. The International Classifications have been published annually since 1977and a rating of 110 or more, assessed by a panel of Handicappers and Officials, is required for a horse to be included.

The International Classifications Committee 2001 was composed of Handicappers and Racing Officials from all over the globe.

Chairman - Geoffrey Gibbs
France - Gerald Sauque
Germany - Peter Schmanns
Germany - Harald Siemen
Hong Kong - Ciaran Kennelly
Italy - Marco Rinaldi
Ireland - Garry O' Gorman
Japan - Isamu Kosa
Singapore - Mike Wanklin
UAE - Melvin Day
UK - Nigel Gray
UK - Dominic Gardiner-Hill
UK - Matthew Tester
USA - Howard Battle
USA - Frank Gabriel
USA - Mike Lakow

Several horses from the Southern Hemisphere were also included in the IC. These horses were discussed at a handicapper's symposium in Hong Kong and the following countries were represented:

Australia - James A.R. Bowler
New Zealand - Dean Nowell
South Africa - Roger Smith

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