Camelot is now the Northern Hemisphere’s top-ranked second-season sire

Proud father: Aidan O’Brien with son Donnacha on Latrobe after their victory in the Irish Derby for brother Joseph. Photo: Healy Racing/

Latrobe's victory in the G1 Irish Derby on Saturday saw significant gains for his connections in the TRC Global Rankings, with sire Camelot (+10, up to world #53 from #99) the biggest climber of the week in any category.

Trainer Joseph O’Brien (+8, up to #118 from #167), jockey Donnacha O’Brien (+5, #47 from #53) and owner Lloyd Williams Et Al (+5, #16 from #17) were not far behind after the colt’s narrow victory over father Aidan O’Brien’s pair of Rostropovich and favourite Saxon Warrior.

Donnacha is the youngest rider in the world’s top 100 jockeys, while Joseph is the only individual who is in both the trainers’ and jockeys’ standings (he is ranked 174 in the riders’ category, even though he hasn’t ridden for nearly three years).

Joseph is a former world #1 jockey. Could he be heading for the same slot in the trainers’ category one day (that position is currently occupied by his father, of course)? Latrobe was the third G1 victory of Joseph’s newer career, following Rekindling's win in the 2017 G1 Melbourne Cup and that of Intricately in the 2016 G1 Moyglare Stud Stakes.

Camelot's gain was the biggest of Latrobe's connections partly because it wasn't his only one of the week. The Coolmore stallion was also responsible for Wait Forever, winner of the G3 Premio del Giubileo at San Siro in Italy. He has reached #53 after just 39 runners - only one stallion ranked above him has a smaller sample size.

He is also now the highest-ranked second-season sire in the Northern Hemisphere, overtaking the Japanese pair of Orfevre (#84) and Lord Kanaloa (#99), both sires of classic winners this season.

Click here for a list of all last week’s biggest TRC Global Rankings points gainers.

Click here for a list of all the week’s Group and Graded winners.

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