Neorealism (JPN) and Joao Moreira, picture Liesl King
Neorealism (JPN) and Joao Moreira, picture Liesl King

Japan’s reigning Horse of the Year, Kitasan Black (JPN) [121] led Asian Racing Federation countries in the latest LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings (For three-year-olds and upwards which raced between 1st January and 7th May 2017) released this week.
Kitasan Black was dominant in adding to his carrier tally a victory in the Tenno Sho (Spring) (G1) over Cheval Grand (JPN) [119].

A Japanese runner also featured off shore in Hong Kong when Neorealism (JPN) [119] defeated Pakistan Star by a neck in the AP Queen Elizabeth II Cup (G1).

Hong Kong’s Lucky Bubbles (AUS) [119] won by the same margin against Mr Stunning (AUS) [120] in the Chairman’s Sprint Prize (G1).

Elsewhere in the world the biggest mover in the third edition of the LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings for 2017 was Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) winner Always Dreaming (USA) [122].

In a field of 20, Always Dreaming was sent off as the favourite in the first leg of the American Triple Crown, and he took the lead early before going on to win by 2 ¾ lengths. The 3-year-old colt has won all four of his starts in 2017 and came into the Kentucky Derby off of a five length score in the Xpressbet Florida Derby (G1). His next start will come in the Preakness Stakes (G1) on May 20.

The same day, Churchill (IRE) [120] took the first European Classic of the season by posting a one length victory over Barney Roy in the QIPCO 2000 Guineas Stakes (G1). Churchill, who was named Europe’s 2016 champion 2-year-old colt, was making his first start of the year and has now won six consecutive races.

One race before the Guineas, Seventh Heaven (IRE) [119] won the Dunaden Jockey Club Stakes (G2) in her first start since finishing second to Jack Hobbs (GB) [123] in the LONGINES Dubai Sheema Classic (G1) on Dubai World Cup night.

Elsewhere, Minding (IRE) [119], Europe’s reigning Horse of the Year, made her seasonal debut a winning one by taking the Camelot Irish EBF Mooresbridge Stakes (G2).
LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings
Leading Horses
Rank Horse Rating Trained
1 ARROGATE (USA) 134 USA
2 WINX (AUS) 132 AUS
3 GUN RUNNER (USA) 123 USA
3 HARTNELL (GB) 123 AUS
3 JACK HOBBS (GB) 123 GB
6 ALWAYS DREAMING (USA) 122 USA
6 CHAUTAUQUA (AUS) 122 AUS
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