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Captain Amongst World’s Best

Captain Of All Makes The Shortlist

Captain Of All seen winning his farewell appearance

Captain Of All wins the Mercury Sprint

Newly crowned Champion Breeders, Klawervlei Stud, will be thrilled that the prestigious Longines Worlds Best Racehorse Rankings panel has honoured Captain Of All in their latest rankings.  

The Longines Worlds Best Racehorse Rankings are for 3yos and upwards which raced between 1 January and 9 August 2015. The latest rankings were published on 13 August 2015.

Newly crowned Equus Champion Sprinter, CAPTAIN OF ALL (SAF) [121], who romped home in the Gr1 Mercury Sprint at Greyville, is a newcomer to the rankings this month and is ranked joint 17th, alongside horses such as California Chrome, Cirres Des Aigles and Brazen Beau. His 4 ½-length Mercury Sprint victory came in the final start of his career, as he has since been retired to stud.

The rest of the rankings reads as follows:-

Following his devastatingly easy victory in the Gr1 William Hill Haskell Invitational Stakes, AMERICAN PHAROAH (USA) [131] has reclaimed the top spot in the sixth edition of the LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings for 2015.

American Pharoah, who is best known for becoming the first American Triple Crown winner in 37 years, has won all six of his races this season, five of them in Grade 1 company. The Haskell was American Pharoah’s first start since his historic achievement, and he was never truly asked to run, winning under wraps by 2 ¼ lengths.

Just behind him in the rankings is GOLDEN HORN (GB) [130], who bested his elders in the Gr1 Coral-Eclipse Stakes earlier this season. The 3-year-old colt, who also won the Gr1 Investec Epsom Derby and Gr2 Betfred Dante Stakes, is undefeated in five career starts.

Golden Horn was declared out of July’s Gr1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes due to ground conditions but is set to run in next week’s Gr1 Juddmonte International. The highest rated race in the world, the Juddmonte International could potentially also feature THE GREY GATSBY (IRE) [123], dual-Guineas winner GLENEAGLES (IRE) [122], and Australia’s CRITERION (NZ) [120], among others.

Clearly two special 3-year-olds, American Pharoah and Golden Horn have distanced themselves from the others so far this year. ABLE FRIEND (AUS) [125] and SHARED BELIEF (USA) [125] remain tied in third, while SOLOW (GB) [124] and TREVE (FR) [124] remain tied in fifth.  At the end of July, Solow added the Gr1 Qatar Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood to the list of his accomplishments.

Moving up the rankings this month is HONOR CODE (USA) [123], who won the Gr1 Whitney Stakes at Saratoga in dramatic fashion. In June, he notched his first top class victory in the Gr1 NYRA.com Metropolitan Handicap.

Another new entry for August is POSTPONED (IRE) [121], who won the King George in Golden Horn’s absence.

LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings Leading Horses
Rank Horse Rating Trained
5 SOLOW (GB) 124 FR
5 TREVE (FR) 124 FR


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The LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings are compiled by the LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings Committee and published by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA).

The full list and further information on the LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings are available on the IFHA website.

The next edition of the LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings will be published on Thursday, 10 September 2015.

(source:  IFHA)


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5 comments on “Captain Amongst World’s Best

  1. this must be a joke or something. please can someone explain how? he would battle to win a grp3 in england

  2. hilton witz says:

    yet he couldnt win horse of the year in south africa go figure

  3. MOON says:

    Horse of the year in South Africa very rarely will go to a sprinter. The more prestigous races in RSA are generally over a distance of 1600m and more and these races carry a much higher stake and interest. One would expect the horse of the year to be from the latter mentioned category of races and hence why Captain of All was not the horse of the year in the past season. Furthermore, the statement regarding ‘Captain of All’ battling to win a Group 3 race in England is in my opinion an opinion and not fact as the horse in question never raced overseas and never tested accordingly.

  4. Pmb says:

    Not saying I agree with the assessment of some of these horses relative to each other but Captain of All is ranked on a par with some bloody good horses. Probably a reasonable assement of his ability without much international collateral form to go on. Great to have him finish on a high and hope he carries on the success of his sire.

  5. Nishal Singh says:

    My opinion is that one ought to use Variety Club as a recent bench mark. If he was rated within the Top 20 last year, then perhaps Captain Of All deserves the rating this year. If not, then it might be questionable.

    Regardless, he was a truly good sprinter in a relatively short, unsound racing career. If nothing else, it bodes well for the SA breeding industry and an increase in the exports of our better quality yearlings.

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