Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings – 9 November 2014

Just A Way Tops Leaderboard for 8th Month

The Longines Worlds Best Racehorse Rankings are for 3yos and upwards which raced between 1 January and 9 November 2014. The latest rankings were published on 13 November 2014.

The last month has seen some exciting racing around the world with a number of impressive performances. The Qipco British Champions Day at Ascot saw two new additions to the horses included in the LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings at 120 and above. The Breeders’ Cup meeting at Santa Anita provided three new horses, while the very competitive racing held in Australia over the past month has resulted in another four horses being included for the first time.

Pride of place however goes to a horse that was already included in the LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings on 121. BAYERN (USA) is now [125] on the strength of his thrilling all the way victory in the Gr1 Breeders’ Cup Classic.  From the same race, TOAST OF NEW YORK (USA) [124], who was beaten only a short head, entered the Rankings for the first time. The third placed finisher CALIFORNIA CHROME (USA) [124], only a neck further behind, replicated his performances in both the Kentucky Derby (presented by YUM! Brands) and in the Preakness Stakes.

Also at Santa Anita in the LONGINES Gr1 Breeders’ Cup Turf over 12 furlongs, the very consistent MAIN SEQUENCE (USA) [122] won his fourth middle distance, turf Group 1 contest of 2014.

Pride of place in the southern hemisphere goes to TERRAVISTA (AUS) [123]. This 5 year old gelding by Captain Rio showed himself to be currently the joint best sprinter in the world by virtue of a narrow victory in the Gr1 Darley Classic at Flemington over CHAUTAUQUA (AUS) [122].

In Hong Kong, MILITARY ATTACK (IRE) [123] showed his versatility by winning the HK Gr2 Oriental Watch Sha Tin Trophy over 1600 metres, to complement his victory over 2000 metres in the HK Gr1 Citibank Hong Kong Gold Cup back in February.

The highlight of British Champions Day was the gutsy front running success of NOBLE MISSION (GB) [122] in the Gr1 Qipco Champion Stakes. This was the five year old’s third Group 1 victory of 2014 achieved in three different European countries. Second was AL KAZEEM (GB) [121], who continued his racecourse comeback from an unsuccessful stud career with his best performance of 2014.

Altogether, twelve horses have recorded performances at 120 and above for the first time this year during the past month to gain inclusion into the 2014 LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings.

 

LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings
Leading Horses
       
Rank Horse Rating Trained
1 JUST A WAY (JPN) 130 JPN
2 AUSTRALIA (GB) 126 IRE
2 KINGMAN (GB) 126 GB
2 THE GREY GATSBY (IRE) 126 GB
2 VARIETY CLUB (SAF) 126 UAE
6 BAYERN (USA) 125 USA
6 SEA THE MOON (GER) 125 GER
6 TREVE (FR) 125 FR
9 CALIFORNIA CHROME (USA) 124 USA
9 FLINTSHIRE (GB) 124 FR
9 GAME ON DUDE (USA) 124 USA
9 GOLD SHIP (JPN) 124 JPN
9 TAGHROODA (GB) 124 GB
9 THE FUGUE (GB) 124 GB
9 TOAST OF NEW YORK (USA) 124 GB

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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 Tuesday, 20 January 2015.

(source:  IFHA)

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