Anton Marcus celebrates aboard Variety Club in the Champions Mile / HKJC (p)

Anton Marcus celebrates aboard Variety Club in the Champions Mile / HKJC (p)

Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings

1st January - 4th May 2014

JUST A WAY (JPN) [130], who won the Dubai Duty Free Stakes (G1) at Meydan by over 6 lengths in March, retains his position at the top of the third edition of the LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings for 2014 after another month of exciting and informative racing around the world.

However his lead at the top has been cut to 4lb this month following a scintillating performance by VARIETY CLUB (SAF) [126] in the Champions Mile (G1) at Sha Tin. Already the winner of the Godolphin Mile (G2) at Meydan in March, Variety Club thrashed a quality field by 4 lengths with ABLE FRIEND (AUS) [118] finishing second.

GAME ON DUDE (USA) [125], the winner of the Santa Anita Handicap (G1) in early March, is thus relegated to third place.

Moving up from seventh last month to fourth in the list this month is the three-year-old CALIFORNIA CHROME (USA) [124] who justified favouritism in the Kentucky Derby (G1) in impressive style. Always prominent, he sprinted away from the field from the top of the stretch and was winning so convincingly that his rider could start to celebrate well before the finish.

California Chrome thus becomes the highest rated three-year-old in the LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings although he may have that position challenged as some of the major European Group 1 races for three-year-olds take place in the next two months.

LANKAN RUPEE (AUS) [123] further strengthened his position as top sprinter in the world with a comfortable victory in the Darley TJ Smith Stakes (G1) at Randwick, moving from 121 last month up to a career high of 123 this month. Lankan Rupee has improved with every race and showed his versatility by winning on heavy ground this time.

The result of the Prix Ganay (G1) provided something of a surprise as TREVE (FR) [119], last year’s joint LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse, was defeated by CIRRUS DES AIGLES (FR) [123]. The latter was also rated 123 at the end of last year and is assessed as having replicated that figure thus improving from his run in Dubai.

Joining the top ten in the LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings for the first time is DESIGNS ON ROME (IRE) [123] after an exciting victory in the Audemars Piguet QEII Cup at Sha Tin, where he narrowly defeated MILITARY ATTACK (IRE) [123].

As at 4 May 2014

Ranking Rating Horse Age Sex Owner Trainer
1 130 JUST A WAY (JPN) 5 H Akatsuki Yamatoya Naosuke Sugai - JPN
2 126 VARIETY CLUB (SAF) 5 H Mrs I Jooste & M J Jooste Mike de Kock - SAF
3 125 GAME ON DUDE (USA) 7 G Diamond Pride LLC, Lanni Family Trust, Mercedes Stable LLC & B Schiappa Bob Baffert - USA
4 124 CALIFORNIA CHROME (USA) 3 C Steven Coburn & Martin Perry Art Sherman - USA
5 123 AFRICAN STORY (GB) 7 G Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor - UAE
5 123 CIRRUS DES AIGLES (FR) 8 G Jean-Claude-Alain Dupouy & Xavier Niel Mme C Barande-Barbe - FR
5 123 DESIGNS ON ROME (IRE) 4 G Cheng Keung Fai John Moore - HK
5 123 LANKAN RUPEE (AUS) 4 G Teeley Assets Ltd Syndicate Mick Price - AUS
5 123 MILITARY ATTACK (IRE) 6 G Mr & Mrs Steven Lo Kit Sing John Moore - HK
5 123 WILL TAKE CHARGE (USA) 4 C Willis D Horton & Three Chimneys Farm LLC D Wayne Lukas - USA
11 122 AKEED MOFEED (GB) 5 H Pan Sutong Richard Gibson - HK
11 122 IT'S A DUNDEEL (NZ) 4 C Arrowfield Stud & Mrs J P, M M & Mrs T P Anderson et al Murray Baker - NZ
11 122 WISE DAN (USA) 7 G Morton Fink Charles LoPresti - USA
14 121 KIZUNA (JPN) 4 C Shinji Maeda Shozo Sasali - JPN
14 121 LEA (USA) 5 H Claiborne Farm & Adele B Dilschneider William I Mott - USA
16 120 GOLD SHIP (JPN) 5 H Eiichi Kobayashi Naosuke Sugai - JPN
16 120 NIGHT OF THUNDER (IRE) 3 C Saeed Manana Richard Hannon - GB
16 120 SACRED FALLS (NZ) 4 C Raffles Racing, K S Yap, G J Chittick Chris Waller - AUS
19 119 AUSTRALIA (GB) 3 C Derrick Smith, Mrs J Magnier, Michael Tabor, T Ah Khing Aidan O'Brien - IRE
19 119 GENTILDONNA (JPN) 5 M Sunday Racing Co Ltd Sei Ishizaka - JPN
19 119 GOLD-FUN (IRE) 5 G Pan Sutong Richard Gibson - HK
19 119 KINGMAN (GB) 3 C Khalid Abdullah John Gosden - GB
19 119 PALACE MALICE (USA) 4 C Dogwood Stable Todd Pletcher - USA
19 119 SEEK AGAIN (USA) 4 C Juddmonte Farms Inc William Mott - USA
19 119 TREVE (FR) 4 F Al Shaqab Racing Mme C Head-Maarek - FR
19 119 UNTAPABLE (USA) 3 F Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC Steve Asmussen - USA