Asian Racing Federation countries hold 49 of the Top 100 Group 1 and Grade 1 Races

Latest LONGINES World's Best Racehorse Rankings frank ARF form

The recent publishing by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities of its annual top 100 Group 1 and Grade 1 races emphasised the strength of racing in Asian Racing Federation (ARF) countries with nearly 50% of those internationally acclaimed races hosted by ARF racing jurisdictions.

The ranked list is compiled using the annual race ratings, an average of the Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings ratings of the first four placed horses in each of the past three years, and 49 of the Group 1 races are raced in ARF jurisdictions.

ARF countries have 10 of the top 25 races:

ARF races in Top 25
1 Juddmonte International Stakes G1 2080
2 Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe G1 2400
3 QIPCO Champion Stakes G1 2000
4 Breeders' Cup Classic G1 2000
5 Prince Of Wales's Stakes G1 2000
6 Prix du Haras De Fresnay-le-Buffard - Jacques Le Marois G1 1600
7 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes G1 2400
8The Japan Cup (in association with Longines)G12400
9 Longines Breeders' Cup Turf G1 2400
10 QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes G1 2000
11Arima KinenG12500
12 Breeders' Cup Mile G1 1600
13 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (sponsored by QIPCO) G1 1600
14 Coral Eclipse G1 2010
15 QIPCO Sussex Stakes G1 1600
16 Queen Anne Stakes G1 1600
17Champions MileG11600
18Dubai Sheema Classic (presented By Longines)G12410
19AP QE II CupG12000
20 Prix Ganay G1 2100
21Dubai World Cup (sponsored By Emirates Airline)G12000
22Longines Hong Kong MileG11600
22Longines Queen Elizabeth StakesG12000
22Takarazuka KinenG12200
25Longines Hong Kong CupG12000
25 Prix d'Ispahan G1 1850

ARF countries also have two of the top rated races in the five respective distance categories with the Black Caviar Lightning Stakes (119.58-Sprint) and the Tenno Sho (Spring) (117.67-Extended).

There are 12 countries comprising this year's list, representing the foremost racing events throughout the world across 39 different racecourses, with ARF countries making up six of those 12 countries.

Australia leads all countries with 26 total races, followed by the United States of America (23), Great Britain (16), Japan (10), France (9), Hong Kong (6), United Arab Emirates (5), Canada (1), Germany (1), Ireland (1), Singapore (1), and South Africa (1).

The quality of ARF racing was further emphasised with the latest release of the LONGINES World's Best Racehorse Rankings - the official listing of the world’s best racehorses for 3yos and upwards which raced between 1st January and 8th March 2015.

The John Moore trained Able Friend (AUS) was rated at 124 in second place in the world behind the USA’s Shared Belief (125).

Able Friend gave weight to his opponents in the Stewards’ Cup at Sha Tin in January and then demonstrated his ability again with an emphatic win in the first running of the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Cup as an international Group 1 last Sunday.

“Able Friend coasted to his third consecutive Group 1 victory in imposing style, reinforcing his position as the top active miler in the world, as reflected in the latest edition of the Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings," said Nigel Gray, Head of Handicapping and Race Planning, Hong Kong Jockey Club.

Able Friend now heads towards Hong Kong’s highest rated race, and the 17th highest rated in the world, the Champions Mile at Sha Tin on May 3rd.

Another horse trained in Hong Kong is joint third on the current list. Designs On Rome (IRE) [123] has won two Pattern Races this year. Designs On Rome travels to Dubai to take on the Dubai Sheema Classic presented by Longines (2410m).