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Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings - 6 March 2016

Longines2The Longines Worlds Best Racehorse Rankings are for 3yos and upwards which raced between 1 January and 6 March 2016 and the latest rankings put SA’s 2016 Met winning filly, Smart Call, in the top 10.

A trio of talented runners from across the globe find themselves tied atop the first edition of the LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings for 2016.  Although none of them are based in the United Arab Emirates, all three are being pointed toward the lucrative Dubai World Cup card on 26 March 2016.

California Chrome wins Transgulf Electromechanical Trophy (photo: Andrew Watkins)

California Chrome wins Transgulf Electromechanical Trophy (photo: Andrew Watkins)

CALIFORNIA CHROME (USA) [121] kicked off his 2016 campaign at home with a victory in the Gr2 San Pasqual Stakes at Santa Anita before heading to Dubai.  He then easily won the Trans Gulf Electromechanical Trophy at Meydan while spotting his rivals 15 lbs., and his next start is scheduled to be the Gr1 Dubai World Cup. California Chrome finished second in last year’s edition of the world’s richest race but was sidelined for the rest of 2015 and did not race again until the San Pasqual.

Also returning from a lengthy layoff was DURAMENTE (JPN) [121], who won the Nakayama Kinen (G2) by a neck over Ambitious at the end of February.  Named Japan’s champion 3-year-old of 2015, Duramente had not raced since last May when he won the Gr1 Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby).  He then suffered fractures in both front legs and missed the rest of the year while recovering from surgery.

POSTPONED (IRE) [121], who ended his 2015 season with a victory in the Gr2 Qatar Prix Foy at Longchamp, made his first start of 2016 a memorable one during Super Saturday of the Dubai World Cup Carnival.  The 5-year-old was much the best when he took the Gr2 Dubai City of Gold Sponsored by Skycargo by three lengths.  Postponed and Duramente are now set to square off in the Gr1 Dubai Sheema Classic on Dubai World Cup night.

FROSTED (USA) [120] is another runner who has been drawing attention in the United Arab Emirates.  The United States-based colt began his 2016 campaign in Dubai with an eye-catching five length victory in the Gr2 Al Maktoum Challenge Round 2 Sponsored by EGA and is set to take on California Chrome in the Dubai World Cup.

A filly making headlines in the United States is SONGBIRD (USA) [120].  Last year’s undefeated champion 2-year-old filly, Songbird returned in 2016 in dominating fashion and has already added the Gr2 Las Virgenes Stakes and Gr3 Santa Ysabel Stakes to her list of accomplishments.  She is the current favourite for the Gr1 LONGINES Kentucky Oaks in May.

Smart Call powers across the line (photo: hamishNIVENPhotography)

Smart Call powers across the line (photo: hamishNIVENPhotography)

South Africa’s Met darling, SMART CALL (SAF) [119] is ranked joint 6th with a rating of 119, while Queen’s Plate winner LEGAL EAGLE (SAF) [118] is ranked joint 17th, with a rating of 117.

 

LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings Leading Horses
Rank Horse Rating Trained
1 CALIFORNIA CHROME (USA) 121 USA
1 DURAMENTE (JPN) 121 JPN
1 POSTPONED (IRE) 121 GB
4 FROSTED (USA) 120 USA
4 SONGBIRD (USA) 120 USA
6 AEROVELOCITY (NZ) (ex Naisoso Warrior) 119 HK
6 CONTENTMENT (AUS) (ex Chilton County) 119 HK
6 DESIGNS ON ROME (IRE) 119 HK
6 NOT LISTENIN’TOME (AUS) 119 HK
6 SMART CALL (SAF) 119 SAF
11 CHAUTAUQUA (AUS) 118 AUS
11 GIANT TREASURE (USA) (ex Sea Defence) 118 HK
11 NYQUIST (USA) 118 USA
11 SPALATO (NZ) 118 SIN
11 TURN ME LOOSE (NZ) 118 NZ
11 XTRAVAGANT (NZ) 118 NZ
17 BOW CREEK (IRE) 117 AUS
17 ERTIJAAL (IRE) 117 UAE
17 GUN PIT (AUS) 117 HK
17 HELENE HAPPY STAR (IRE) (ex Barley Mow) 117 HK
17 HOLLER (AUS) 117 AUS
17 JAPONISME (AUS) 117 AUS
17 LEGAL EAGLE (SAF) 117 SAF
17 LUCKY HUSSLER (AUS) 117 AUS
17 LUGER (AUS) 117 HK
17 MOANIN (USA) 117 JPN
17 MOHAYMEN (USA) 117 USA
17 SATONO CROWN (JPN) 117 JPN
17 TEPPIN (USA) 117 CAN
17 TERRAVISTA (AUS) 117 AUS

 

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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, 14 April 2016.

(source:  IFHA)

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3 comments on “Pretty Smart

  1. Sherwin says:

    Are you sure that’s our Ertijaal? Because the Ertijaal on this list is Irish bred while De Kock’s one is Australian bred? And i know the other Ertijaal in Meydan is a pretty good horse aswell

    1. Speedyvar says:

      If it is good it has to to be South African.Right?
      But this time that is not the case Mr. Editor.
      Same name.Same owner.Different horses.

      1. karel says:

        Speedyvar and Sherwin are 100% correct.
        The Irish Ertijaal is the one on the list.
        The Ertijaal with Mike de Kock is Australian bred and is rated about ten pounds inferior to his namesake.
        Both horses were born in the same year, one in March 2013, the other in September.
        Both are bred and named by Shadwell, which clearly slipped up – as did we.

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