Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings
1st January - 4th May 2014
JUST A WAY (JPN) , 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)  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)  finishing second.
GAME ON DUDE (USA) , 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)  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)  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) , last year’s joint LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse, was defeated by CIRRUS DES AIGLES (FR) . 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)  after an exciting victory in the Audemars Piguet QEII Cup at Sha Tin, where he narrowly defeated MILITARY ATTACK (IRE) .
LONGINES WORLD’S BEST RACEHORSES
As at 4 May 2014
|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|