Weekend Hussler Ranked Number One
Weekend Hussler is an amazing three-year-old horse that has not only become the most loved and supported horse racing contender in Australia, but his magnificent performances have caught the attention of the international horse racing industry. The International Federation of Horseracing Authorities has recently ranked the Australian sensation, Weekend Hussler, as the leading horse in his age group, giving him a rating of 122. Not only does this rating acknowledge the power and superb racing abilities of Weekend Hussler, but it also reflects well on the breeding programs of Australia.
To compare how well Weekend Hussler has done in the rankings, one can look at the terrific Dubai World Cup holder and Horse of the Year winner, Curlin. This unbelievably talented horse has a rating of 130, and therefore, being rated at 122 is a wonderful honor. Weekend Hussler has shown his worth not only by winning ten of his eight starts but by winning five Group One racing events in a row. He is just one Group One win away from a record set up by the marvelous horse Kingston Town, who won six Group One racing events consecutively during the 1979/1980 racing season.
His fourth Grade One win was raked in at the Newmarket Handicap, which was held at Flemmington, and his fifth and most recent win was at the Randwick Guineas. In his career he has earned well over A$2 million. Trainer, Ross McDonald, is now looking forwards the George Ryder Stakes that will be held on the 19th of April 2008. It will be thrilling race for the Weekend Hussler camp, with high hopes that he can bring home his sixth big win. Even though many have tried to find out if McDonald has decided on the Doncaster Handicap (26 April 2008), the trainer is careful not to commit himself, saying he will only be looking at the possibility of Doncaster after the George Ryder. Great care is being taken in transporting Weekend Hussler to the event, with specially modified floats and rubber lined boxes, to ensure that he does not sustain injuries while traveling. Their focus lies completely with the next racing event, and future plans are made one race at a time.
The pride in McDonald’s voice is unmistakable as he modestly comments on the World Classifications Committee’s rating of Weekend Hussler. He feels that it is a positive reflection on the Australian horse racing industry. It is hoped that other magnificent Australian bred horses will be seen and recognized for their talents and racing abilities.