Champions Mile winner deserves top ranking, says senior handicapper Senior handicapper Nigel Gray believes record-breaking Good Ba Ba must now be the equal of the best milers in the world after performing 'to a whole new level' in Sunday's Champions Mile. This would see him share the lofty 122 rating with 2007 Breeders' Cup Mile hero Kip Deville, Australia's rising star Weekend Hussler and Hong Kong Cup winner Ramonti. But Gray believes it was only Good Ba Ba's 'arrogance' in victory that has cost him a higher rating and therefore the outright tag of world champion miler. Good Ba Ba's pending elevation to the 122 level is also just one pound short of the world's number one sprinter Sacred Kingdom, who will have his final start for the season in the Group Two Gome Cup (1,200m) on Thursday. Good Ba Ba previously owned an international rating of 119, but Gray, like everyone else on Sunday, was blown away by the arrogance of his win over Armada to sweep all the Group One mile races this season. 'That was very exciting, and to see the way he ambled up to Armada, with Olivier Doleuze still having a strong hold on him, was very special,' Gray said. 'I have no doubt he's performed to a higher level here than previously, and I'll be seeking to convince my colleagues among the world's handicappers that he should be promoted to 122, up three pounds and that will bring him equal with Australia's outstanding three-year-old Weekend Hussler.' Gray said the Andreas Schutz-trained Good Ba Ba really had only himself to blame for not being rated higher because of the way he eases up on Doleuze once the job's done. 'All season, we've suspected he's been winning and not letting himself down fully, and that would seem to have been the case because he's made the improvement here and, to the naked eye, has still taken it easy in the concluding stages,' Gray said. 'The fact that Doleuze has been standing tall in the saddle for a number of strides before the winning post, posing for the photo, also suggests that Good Ba Ba was not flat out,' he said, tongue-in-cheek. 'But until a horse actually performs to a higher level, it's generally not appropriate for a handicapper to give him credit for having done it. So while we may believe he may well be a 123 horse or better, I think we'll have to leave it at 122 until he actually does it.' Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Cup hero Archipenko will earn an elevation in the international ratings - 'to 119, maybe 120' - after his thumping of the elite field, though the second placing of French-trained outsider Balius gave the handicapper some trouble. 'Balius was a hard one to get a line on because so much of his French form was on soft, and very soft tracks,' Gray said. 'But with Archipenko having clocked 2:00.8 in the QEII and Good Ba Ba having run 1:33.5 in the Champions Mile, it's hard to argue that the track was anything but riding on the firm side. 'From a handicapping point of view, with Viva Pataca obviously not having run to his best as a result of his trip to Dubai, the performance of the fourth horse Packing Winner gives us the best line in the race. He looks to have run to his best figures and accepting that to be so, 119-120 looks right for the winner.' With attendance up 13 per cent to 48,459 and turnover up, albeit by a marginal HK$5 million year on year, Jockey Club chief executive Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges hailed the meeting a 'great success'.