Al Boum Photo and Cyrname have been crowned the joint highest-rated jumps horses of the 2019-20 season on a rating of 173 after the Anglo-Irish jump classifications were published on Tuesday.
The mark for Willie Mullins’ dual Gold Cup hero is 2lb lower than he received last year, owing to the 2019-20 jumps season that was curtailed because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Chacun Pour Soi’s victory over Min in the Dublin Chase crowned him leading chaser over two miles at a mark of 172, the same rating given to this year’s Cheltenham Gold Cup runner-up Santini.
Few will have forgotten Champ’s heroics up the hill at Prestbury Park and that performance earned him a novice rating of 161 over fences, which puts him just ahead of the likes of Samcro, Minella Indo and Fakir D’oudairies.
Grade 1-winning hurdler Sharjah ended the season as the highest-rated hurdler at a mark of 164, with Epatante, If The Cap Fits and Paisley Park rated 162.
Envoi Allen confirmed his promise with a dominant four and a quarter length success in the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham and he heads the novice hurdling division on a rating of 160.
Martin Greenwood, BHA Steeplechase Team Leader, said: “At 173 both Al Boum Photo and Cyrname have been awarded the highest ratings in the steeplechase division in the truncated 2019-20 National Hunt season, with Chacun Pour Soi only rated 1lb inferior.
“Al Boum Photo became the first horse to win back-to-back Gold Cups since Best Mate, while Cyrname topped the mid-distance section for the second year running after defeating the previous dual 2m champion Altior in the Christy 196 Chase at Ascot. With Altior failing to be quite at his best, the champion of the short-distance category falls to Chacun Pour Soi, who was the champion novice at the same distance the previous season.
“With no Aintree or Punchestown, all three at the head of the top novice lists are rated below recent years. Champ, in the staying division, marginally comes out on top overall on 161 on account of his win in the RSA Chase at Cheltenham, where he came from a seemingly impossible position to grab the lead close home … this is the lowest rating in the staying novice rank since 2015-16.”