Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings
January saw the release of the LONGINES World's Best Racehorse (WBRR) and 2014 will be remembered as the year when the World's Best Racehorse was trained in Japan for the first time. Japan secured the top two rankings in the world courtesy of the wide winning margin of Dubai Duty Free (G1) winner Just A Way (JPN) with a ranking of 140 and the outstanding Japan Cup in association with Longines (G1) winner Epiphaneia (JPN) ranked 129.
Just A Way (JPN) emerged as a fast improving older horse in 2013 when he was rated 123 and he continued this improvement in scintillating fashion when running away from Vercingetorix (SAF) (118) over 1800m at Meydan in March. The value of that form was confirmed when Vercingetorix finished ahead of Epiphaneia in the QE II Cup (G1) at Sha Tin in Hong Kong and just behind Hong Kong¡¦s best middle distance horses, Designs On Rome (IRE)(123) and Military Attack (IRE)(123).
Able Friend's stunning LONGINES Hong Kong Mile victory at Sha Tin in December made him Hong Kong's highest-rated horse of all-time.
The brilliant five-year-old earned a rating of 127 for his easy demolition of a world-class field. That rating eclipsed Hong Kong's previous best WBRR of 124, achieved by Good Ba Ba (2008), Ambitious Dragon (2012) and Military Attack (2013).
Hong Kong saw another impressive record established as 23 locally-trained horses were included in the WBRR. That surpasses the previous best of 21, which was set in 2011 and matched in 2013. The figure represents a significant achievement for Hong Kong with its horse population of just above 1,200.
Designs On Rome was no match for Able Friend at 1600m but edged his stablemate in two major domestic contests over further last term. Hong Kong¡¦s reigning Horse of the Year twice swept aside overseas raiders in 2014 to win the G1 Audemars Piguet QEII Cup and the G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Cup, and earned a year-end rating of 123.
He, along with LONGINES Hong Kong Cup runner-up Military Attack, 2013 G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Cup hero Akeed Mofeed (122) and Hong Kong's incumbent Champion Miler, Gold-Fun (122), gave Hong Kong five horses ranked equal 29th or above in the World's Best Racehorse Rankings, placing them among the best 36 racehorses in the world.
A total of 108 horses from Asian Racing Federation countries made the total rankings of the elite 2014 LONGINES World's Best Racehorse list.