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July Favourite’s World Ranking

Son of Silvano at 13

Hawwaam, the Mike de Kock-trained favourite for the Vodacom Durban July, is now rated joint-13th on the Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings for three-year-olds and upwards who raced between 1 January and 9 June this year.

He has a rating of 120.

The latest top rankings are (under Rank, Horse, Rating and Country trained in):



1 WINX (AUS) 125 AUS






Magical, who was previously rated at 120, is undefeated in three starts this year. Her latest victory was a seven-length romp in the Tattersalls Gold Cup (Group 1), and has also won the Coolmore Highland Reel Irish EBF Mooresbridge Stakes (Group 2) and Alleged Stakes (Group 3) this year.

Battaash (IRE) [121] joins this month’s rankings after winning his seasonal debut in the Armstrong Aggregates Temple Stakes (Group 2), which he took by 2.5 lengths. Mustashry (GB) [121] is equally ranked after his 2.5-length victory in the Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes (Group 1).

Other horses to impress in Europe include Phoenix Of Spain (IRE) [120] and Sottsass (FR) [120]. In his 2019 debut, Phoenix of Spain was victorious the Tattersalls Irish 2000 Guineas (Group 1) by three lengths, while Sottsass won the QIPCO Prix du Jockey Club (Group 1) by two lengths.

Also of note is Bricks And Mortar (USA) [120], who won the Manhattan Stakes (Group 1) by 1.5 lengths. It was his fifth consecutive victory, with his other wins this year including the Old Forester Turf Classic Stakes (Group 1), Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational Stakes (Group ), and Muniz Memorial Handicap (Group 2).

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42 comments on “July Favourite’s World Ranking

  1. Cecil Pienaar says:

    Calling Frankie Zackey

    Is this rating correct ?

    Will this change after The July ?

  2. Hylton says:

    Quite a misleading headline.

    The ratings that you refer to is actually for horses that have run this calendar year and confirming their previously earned ratings.

    So where in this stats does Do It Again 125 and Rainbow Bridge 124 figure in as they too have raced in this period.

    Half facts are not really appealing to punters and can mislead the public in making a betting decision. If you report on Hawwaan you should also report on Rainbow Bridge and Do It Again

  3. Rian says:

    Love to know where Anthony van Dyck and Japan the Horse feature to name a few

    1. karel says:

      They only publish horses with ratings of 120 or more.
      The current list is for the period up to 9 June (according to the IFHA website) so Royal Ascot isn’t included.
      Next ranking is slated for 11 July (says the website – https://www.ifhaonline.org/ ).

  4. Jay August says:

    Hylton, where do you get “The ratings that you refer to is actually for horses that have run this calendar year and confirming their previously earned ratings.”

    That is not my understanding of how the Longine’s ratings work but please point me to the reference for such a statement. Maybe I am wrong|!

    Also what exactly has the MR rating of DIA and RB to do with the Longine’s ratings according to your knowledge?

    Waiting for your answer before making further comment.

  5. Frankie says:

    Frankie Zackey…Cecil it comes as no surprise to me and don’t be surprised to see it in the top 3 in a year from now I’m not 100% sure on how the international panel works but trust me they sure know there stuff… MDK made it very clear that the Premier’s and Dailey News add much more recognition and paddock value a pose to the July…Guys it’s done and dusted now but in all fairness to Hawwaam I feel his record should be a perfect 8 had he competed in the Derby…1st leg of the Triple Crown only Gavin can explain that ride… I’ve been around for many years 3 shocking shocking shocking rides that will stay with me forever…RF on Do It Again in the Met…GL on Hawwaam in the Guineas i still can’t believe that 2 great jockeys could ride such a shocker…and then Retro Rocket with Theo Venter the poor apprentice up at the time if I’m not mistaken he got 6 months for winning the race had he not won good bye license (life) trainer was Sandy Fletcher owner was Hendry Devine beat stable companion by a Short Head a blind man could tell you that it was stinking sticking sticking no good I’ll never forget that day Poor little Theo

  6. Rian says:

    Hey Frankie, if as you say Hawaam will make the top 3 next year He would be 2/10 for this July
    You are obviously seeing something or privy to a world class gallop

  7. Frankie says:

    Frankie Zackey…Rian I’ve been blessed with 2 good eyes…yes maybe I’m getting a bit carried away will it be fair to say if he wins 2 or 3 more Group 1 would you see him move into a top 5 and then improve his position further over the following year ..Baby steps 1st July is he’s next mission

  8. Rian says:

    Yes Frankie, I like your SPIRIT and its contagious !!!!

  9. Jay August says:

    Hylton, I note you did not respond so let me clarify some issues on the Longines ratings.

    1) These ratings are for a calendar year and represent the best performances in specific races for that year. There is no such thing as “confirming their previously earned ratings”. Many horses by year end will have two or three ratings for their respective race track performances. The highest effort is always shown in the summary of ratings as per above, while the detailed year end list has all performances which rate above 114.
    2) Only horses which have earned a rating above 114 are included in the year end list and usually the monthly lists have a 120+ cutoff. The final list is always reviewed and alterations made, so the monthly lists are purely indicative and not final.
    3) The ratings are not a copy of the individual countries ratings but rather a Longines panel decision. While the SA handicappers have lobbying access to the panel the panel makes the final decision. It was their decision to include Hawwaam and not Do It Again or Rainbow Bridge. The NHA handicappers have already appealed to have these two included with or above Hawwaam.

    It is one thing to accuse others of half facts, but beware when you do the same.

  10. Cecil Pienaar says:

    Hey Frankie, we drove down to watch the Gallops.

    Hawwaam looked good, so did Doublemint and Made to Conquer

    Then again, these gallops, not sure what to make of them.

    Anyway, like Rian says,,,, I have never seen anyone so confident about a July horse, correction…. WINNER lol

    Last question – who is gonna chase him home

  11. Frankie says:

    Frankie Zackey…Cecil Hawwaams gallop I was more than pleased with like MDK said he wanted a strong companion along side Hawwaam and who better than your top miler Soqrat…tongue was over the bit as well loved what i saw…Do it Again very impressive Rainbow Bridge lovely gallop don’t be put off Barahin’s gallop different animal in a race…50% of the field really put nice work…Hawwaam will win….I’m going to side with Do it Again for 2nd by a whisker over Barahin for 3rd but could easily switch….toss up for 4th between Rainbow Bridge Eyes Wide Open Tilbury Fort Double Mint Made to Conquer….The only downer to the race is that punters who back against Hawwaam will know their fate at the 300m mark all excitement out the back door at the finish…Hawwaam will be gearing down with a furlong to go

  12. Cecil Pienaar says:

    Thanks Frankie ????

  13. Rian says:

    Cecil did you take your 2 fav ladies with and hopefully the grandchildren as well!!!!
    What does Mom in law fancy, she due for a win

  14. Hylton says:


    The Longines world rankings for horses is subjective

    If Hawwaam is to feature in the rankings then so should Do it Again.

    The panel that makes these decisions clearly does not understand South African racing.

    Yes Hawwaam is the hype and deserves his place.

    So how do you explain reasoning for Do it Again not making it?

    His form
    Queens Plate – grade 1 mile – one of the top 4 races in SA – this years renewal regarded as the race of the century thus far in Sa. Position first, beating multiple horse of the year Leagle Eagle, beating Champion 3 year old miler Soqrat, top older miler Undercover agent, potential champion Rainbow Bridge.

    Sun met – grade 1 – 2000m- close second to Rainbow Bridge – second biggest race in sa.
    Strong field.

    Rising Sun challenge- 1600m Grade 1top class field – position first.

    For me Do It Agains performance is equivalent to Hawwam as he ran with better quality opposition albeit Hawwaam was winning in facile fashion.

    By their own criteria, as per below mentioned “The ratings are based on the performance of horses in elite races held during the designated period which takes in account the quality of opposition and achievements of each horse”
    From aa South African perspective the article will give a skewed view to newcomers to horsse racing who would want to have a bet bet on the big race, hence my view is that the article contains half facts and is misleading to newcomers which a race like the July attracts in the thousands each year.

    Further Hawwaan ran 5 times In that period compared to Do it Again 3 times, however the opposition was weaker, the Daily News field was a bit of a joke.

    All that said Hawwaam is superb, at greyville you have wonder whether you get a clean run we saw Leagle Eagle get blocked by Power King for a run in his 3 year old year he should have won and Edict of Nantes get severely cramped for galloping room in the closing stages 2 years ago, when he should have won.

    So all is not cut and dried and creating a hype about one horse is not ideal and just the thing his trainer was complaining about.

    By the way each time a horse performs well in elite races they Do confirm their previously earned ratings, even if their ratings go up the confirm that they have improved.

    Below is quoted explaining Longines

    “Longines Rankings
    The LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings is horseracing’s equivalent to World Rankings by other major sporting organizations such as ATP Tennis Rankings, World Golf Rankings, FIFA World Rankings for soccer and IRB Rugby World Rankings. The LONGINES Rankings are based on the ratings earned by horses running worldwide from North and South America, Europe, Middle East, South Africa, Asia through to Australia and New Zealand. The ratings are compiled under the auspices of The International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA) by racing officials & handicappers representing the five continents who compile the ranking order by agreeing on the rating for each horse. The ratings are based on the performance of horses in elite races held during the designated period which takes in account the quality of opposition and achievements of each horse. Throughout the year the Longines Rankings are published at regular intervals and the consolidated annual rankings are released in January. The annual rankings denote the champions in the various distance categories for example sprint or mile, surface either turf or dirt/artificial and also the fillies & mares category. “

  15. Cecil Pienaar says:

    Morning Rian. Oh yes the 2 young Pienaars went with Oupa and Ouma…

    LoL, old (Monster) in Law fancies ‘Lady in Black’

  16. Jay August says:

    Hylton, thanks for cutting and pasting the Longines Rankings explanation, which is entirely unnecessary since I have already read it.

    Do It Again and Rainbow Bridge are there and will be seen by year end when the list expands from 115 upwards. The interim monthly list is purely a snapshot of all the horses over 120. Those two are there just below that.

    I’ve expressed my view quite clearly on the committee style decision on ratings by the panel. Look at my detailed comment on that topic after the 2018 world rankings. You’l find it somewhere on Sporting Post.

    There is though, no such thing as fairness in a subjective assessment involving all the world’s best racehorses. There is by necessity personal judgement. Nobody is misleading anyone.

  17. Hylton says:

    Dear Jay August

    I note that you are a firm believer in various types of stats and analysis.

    From data your analysis, of the factors you believe in, can you nail your colors to the mast and give us your first 4 predictions for July in order of preference.

    Thank you

  18. Jay August says:


    Placing reliance on numbers as a help in predicting the future is something different to nailing colour’s to someone else’s mast.

    What you should be asking someone who looks at numbers the way I do is what the best value in the July is in order of preference. Predicting winners is for tipsters who make a living peddling their tips, not for serious investors. I do not look for winners although almost everyone always asks me who I think will win.

    Value is what I seek – those horses which offer the highest probability of winning and which are priced better than my own calculation says they should be. I do not know which horse will win or run second or any other place – the outcome takes care of itself and the only variable I can influence is the price I take.

    I’ll therefore gladly offer you my odds prediction on all the horses ranked in order from highest probability to lowest, together with a detailed explanation of the method. But you will have to wait until next week, when I push such an article to the Ed

    We’ll continue the debate on the thread to that article. Please do comment!

  19. Frankie says:

    Frankie Zackey…Hylton why all the Hype about a Hawwaams ranking…and the negative comments about Our Champion all the if’s and buts would you get a kick out of Hawwaam is he gets beat…lets not go down memory lane…lets hope and pray that all runners and riders have a clear and safe journey during their flight…This is Captain Hawwaam speaking..Pls could passengers Do it Again and Rainbow Bridge pls tighten your seat belts immediately Passengers Barahin Eyes Wide Open and Tilbury Fort can’t afford to wait any longer

  20. Hylton says:

    Jay August
    I was expecting a response like that, anyway I’ll see what you got next week.

  21. Jay August says:

    Hylton, was that a marshmallow test?

    1. karel says:

      You had me wondering, so I checked Wiki.
      The Stanford marshmallow experiment was a series of studies on delayed gratification in the late 1960s and early 1970s led by psychologist Walter Mischel, then a professor at Stanford University.[1] In these studies, a child was offered a choice between one small reward provided immediately or two small rewards if they waited for a short period, approximately 15 minutes, during which the tester left the room and then returned. (The reward was sometimes a marshmallow, but often a cookie or a pretzel.) In follow-up studies, the researchers found that children who were able to wait longer for the preferred rewards tended to have better life outcomes, as measured by SAT scores,[2] educational attainment,[3] body mass index (BMI),[4] and other life measures.[5] A replication attempt with a more diverse sample population over 10 times larger than the original study failed to support the original study’s conclusions and suggested that economic background rather than willpower explained the results.

  22. Jay August says:

    Exactly, the question now is, who is the tester and who is being tested?!


    I’m enjoying this thread. I fall into the “one small reward immediately” bracket.

    Jay, I can relate to your experience about people asking you who will win and your own idea about value.

    Yip, my value is what I’m happy to settle for, which I find is a lot less than what my live-long punter friends consider value.

    They are frank about it just as I am, so that’s why our friendship has lasted so long.

    The horses will run and run, and jockeys will jockey for positions that sometimes aren’t there, and there’s nothing I can do about it after 5 minutes or 5 hours of studying form.

  24. Cameron James says:

    This is exactly what horse racing needs!!!! Passionate people who love their horses and to voice their opinions.

    Well done to the Sporting Post for creating this interaction between the punters and listening to peoples past experiences and thoughts. Bravo.

    Now to grow this platform wouldn’t it be lovely to get jockeys and trainers both current and from yester year to join in. That would surely increase the following and grow this lovely game again from what happens behind the scenes and all the ups and downs trainers deal with.

    Transparency and openness that would surely promote this game.


    1. Editor says:

      Hundred percent, Cameron

  25. Cameron James says:

    William I agree with you 1000 percent rating horses is difficult because there are so many variables.

    You can study form for hours on end and a split second decision from the pilot on top renders the rating useless.

    Then there’s the going or if the course is running quick, example Seville Orange on Saturday, the reason I fancied her was I had watched the racing on Wednesday before and saw all horses who were very handy stayed on and won, so with Seville Orange being a frontrunner, I couldn’t believe her price.

    I would love to hear from a trainer what does weight mean to a horse, not the jock but the dead weight, for example a horse carried 6kg of lead over 2200m, again I need to be enlightened here, for the horse who weighs around 600kg, what does 6kg mean to it. That’s like roughly 1% of its body weight.

    I know weight is supposed to level the playing fields in handicaps but rating horses is not an exact science. Hence the massive dividends in the exotics week in, week out.

    People need to be educated in this regard from people in the know on what weight means to a horse.


    Indeed Cameron, the dead weight carried by a horse relative to it’s physique is probably best answered by pure horsemen, like the Irish or a John Gosden.

    Good question.

    Oh, to be brought up in a horsey environment ! My kingdom for a horse farm.

  27. Jay August says:

    Cameron I think you rate trainers and jockeys ability to understand complex issues far to highly.

    If dead weight versus live weight was a major factor you can be sure that not only would it not be a secret but it would be a well known factor. If anybody has seen a serious examination of this beyond mere speculation, I’d like to hear about it.

    If you want to delve more deeply you should read anything by Charles Justice, and his book “The Greatest Horse of All, A Controversy Examined” is probably a good starting point. His discussion of Kinetic Energy and Momentum will help you understand the concept of weight better.

    If you then feel inclined to dive very deeply into the subject you should read “Bioenergetics and Racehorse Ratings” by Bob Wilkins, but be prepared for some very complex maths. Perhaps overkill for the average punter but nonetheless interesting to read to avail yourself of the available literature on the subject.

    There are many exceptional people handicapping horses and examining the factors which effect their performance and none of them ever discuss dead weight as a factor. Not even the great American handicapper Barry Meadow in his latest book “The Skeptical Handicapper” talks about this in 600 pages.

    Beware that you are not guilty of ignoring Occam’s razor!

    1. karel says:

      Since Frankie says there are not too many bright sparks on the SP site (apart from him, of course), and because Jay keeps throwing bones to tempt us, we need to remain vigilant.
      Jay’s latest is Occam’s Razor.
      So for the less sparkier among us, here goes:
      Occam’s razor (or Ockham’s razor) is a principle from philosophy. Suppose there exist two explanations for an occurrence. In this case the one that requires the least speculation is usually correct. Another way of saying it is that the more assumptions you have to make, the more unlikely an explanation.

  28. Frankie says:

    Frankie Zackey…I stead of being a Mr Clever having a go at each other trying to work out Rankings Ratings Handicapping who’s right who’s wrong is that what’s this site all about comparing who is right or wrong…always a issue thank God I don’t listen to jockeys trainers handicappers and presenter as I switch to channel 239 so I mute the volume…why don’t you guys do your own handicapping and assessment of form and so forth different story if you a novice and wanna learn but if you guys have be doing racing for years all the above should be pointless if you agree or disagree… I joined the site to share a bit of constructive information and vice versa…not too many bright sparkes on the SP site….shouldn’t one be giving or asking for there opinions about the Greyville meeting or any other meeting that’s taking place tomorrow instead of waiting to hear from your trainers jockeys or the tellytrack circus click although I must be honest there are 2 presenters that are worth listening to…Frankie’s best bet is in Race 9 no 1 Master Magic…on handicapping and beating Zillzaal and giving it 3kg… then on 2nd June from that formline Gift For The Gap comes to romp home in Mr 88 if I’m not mistaken…and taking into account the balance of the field tomorrow are in their place no disrespect to hose or owner I really feel it’s a strong banker in all bets …Master Magic at best could achieve a career Rating of 90 max… lovely bread butter horse to own… tomorrow he’s in a very weak MR 63 handicaped will win just as easy as Hawwaam will for the upcoming July…That’s my 2c worth opinion for tomorrow…no threatening calls if it gets beat…wanted dead or alive….lol

  29. Cameron James says:

    William, again with not enough conclusive evidence factually , 2 races that sprang to mind was last year’s Cape Derby and the Met.

    In the Derby Eyes Wide Open won that in 125,62 seconds with the entire field carrying 60kg.

    In the met Oh Susana won it in 123,50 seconds carrying 51,5kg however the next 16 horses behind her all ran better times than Eyes Wide Open in the Derby with the majority of them closer to 60kg. My point here is to emphasize that ratings and weight can only be truly quantified if every race is run the same way,albeit taking into account the pace , the going, the draw bias, hard luck stories, the way the course is running. What impact did the weights have on these 2 races. My questions maybe silly to many but rather ask and know than never to know at all????

  30. Cameron James says:

    Mr Editor, I have to reiterate that my desire for trainers,owners, jockeys to participate in these forums is not to seek any information for monetary gain but to interact with the superstars of the sport.

    I for one would love to know what goes on Mr Anton Marcus’s head race day , I am a huge admirer of his. Like his memoirs on a big day.

    I understand trainers and jockeys reluctance to speak on these forums as there are a minority that speak from their pockets and the jocks and trainers are dammed if they do and dammed if they don’t !

    To promote this sport again, we need PEOPLE, human beings are creatures of habit, let’s teach them the habit of watching champions run, nothing else. So how we do that? Create interaction between people from the very top to the bottom.

    I watched Mr Bernard Kantor interview after Do It Again won the Queens Plate, his thoughts on horseracing would be lovely and funny occasionally here.

    Then there’s Justin , love the Snaiths passion and bullishness when they fancy their horses , who wouldn’t want to hear their fighting talk on raceday.

    Aaaaaah, 1 day……

  31. Jay August says:

    Frankie, we have one thing in common, we both listen to 239 with the sound down. I do it though because it distracts me from my own thoughts, stupid as they may be.

    Why do you believe that the comments section is a tipping forum where ego and shouting are the trademarks of intelligence?

    There are so many forums out there that cater exactly for what you want so why turn SP into just another one of those?

    Are those of us who seek a discussion about horse racing in general and some of the more esoteric subjects by implication stupid?

  32. Cecil Pienaar says:

    Hey Cameron, I love this site, should have joined long ago. If I hang around, gonna get very clever, not only on the horse front…

    It’s teaching an old dog (keeping in mind, I’m same age as William Milkovitch, me, soon an Oupa of 3…) new tricks

    2 in 2 days

    Marshmallow test
    Occums Razor,, huh

    So it’s a lot more than marshmallows & braai fire and the old Minora Razors in the army days?

    Dying to throw it in next Sunday with all the English farmers in the Midlands, will make crip notes….

    Mr Ed, Karel, Frankie – I am definitely a Bright ‘Sparkie’

    I trade tested at Olifants Fontein in 1986 as an Electrician, first time

    @ Frankie – MdK says watch out for Barahin

    Greetings from KZN Midlands…

  33. Frankie says:

    Frankie Zackey…Jay it’s not about ego…I suppose you are correct that there are different sites to share or recieve a bit of info …apologies if I offended anyone

    1. karel says:

      Don’t stop. Your banter is needed!

  34. Cecil Pienaar says:

    Imagine this world if we all drove Grey cars, AND we expected favorites to win all the time

    Nah, Frankie, there is place and space for all of us, not only on this forum….

    No need for apologies…..

    Now Frankie, here is my July tip to you

    4,8/4,8/ you fill in the rest, maybe field for 4th

  35. Rian says:

    Agreed Cecil, its a good forum with lots of great input 2 in 2 days is called Google but who cares, binary had me beat the other day and had to look it up…
    Jay has also taught me a bit as hated everything to do with handicapping and M/R but have approached it a lot differently and willing to learn
    As for Frankie , its been fantastic listening to you, and waiting for a good song from William before I pick my JULY horses
    As for all the others that make for special memories , keep it up and lets hit them hard

  36. Frankie says:

    Frankie Zackey…Cecil it’s always been toss up between Barahin and Hawwaam for sometime now…MDK is spot on about Barahin rating in the Classic had they used National Park as the line horse Barahin runs to a much higher MR so yes must think that Barahin is well in…Barahin is a serious runner…Cecil I would do the following quartets
    4×1,8×1,8×2,5,6,7,10,11,12,14,16 R50
    4×1,8×2,5,6,7,10,11,12,14,16×1,8 R50
    4,8×1,4,8×1,4,8×F R100
    4,8×1,4,8×F×1,4,8 R100

  37. Cecil Pienaar says:

    HI Frankie????

    Have a Good Day

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