LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse 23 January 2018

Winx (AUS) and Hugh Bowman winning the 2017 Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley, picture Quentinjlang.com
Winx (AUS) and Hugh Bowman winning the 2017 Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley, picture Quentinjlang.com

Asian Racing Federation countries were well represented when six-year-old mare Winx (AUS), trained by Chris Waller at Rosehill in Sydney, was confirmed as the best Turf horse for 2017 when she came second to the Arrogate (USA) in the 2017 LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse rankings for the second year in a row announced in London on Tuesday.

The Bob Baffert trained Arrogate was rated at 134 by international handicappers according to the performance of horses around the world to head the LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings. Winx took second place with 132, followed by Cracksman (GB) and Gun Runner (USA), who were tied at 130.

Arrogate (USA) winning the 2017 Group 1 Dubai World Cup Sponsored by Emirates Airline   (2000m) at Meydan, picture Dubai Racing Club and Andrew Watkins
Arrogate (USA) winning the 2017 Group 1 Dubai World Cup Sponsored by Emirates Airline (2000m) at Meydan, picture Dubai Racing Club and Andrew Watkins

The announcements were made at ceremony hosted by the Swiss watchmaking brand LONGINES and the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA) at Claridge’s Hotel. LONGINES timed Arrogate’s victory in the 2017 Dubai World Cup at Meydan.

Arrogate’s owner Juddmonte Farms Inc., represented by Lord Teddy Grimthorpe, and trainer Bob Baffert were presented with a unique LONGINES watch and an iconic LONGINES Equus Crystal Vase.

Winx, who occupied third place in 2016, is currently the richest horse in Australian history. She won all nine of her starts in 2017. Winx’s regular jockey, Hugh Bowman, claimed the 2017 LONGINES World’s Best Jockey title, a recognition he received last December during the LONGINES Hong Kong International Races Gala Dinner.

Other Asian Racing Federation runners to be rated in the top 20 for 2017 include Japan’s Horse of the Year Kitasan Black (JPN) on 124, Japan Cup winner Cheval Black (JPN) on 123 and Humidor (NZ), Chautauqua (AUS) and Satono Crown (JPN) who shared 122.






Mr. Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges, the Hong Kong Jockey Club’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “Our Group 1 races had a strong showing, with nine of our 11 elite contests included in the Top 100. All in all, the year-end rankings once again highlight Hong Kong’s firm footing in the top echelon of world horseracing.”

In a further award the 2017 LONGINES World’s Best Horse Race went to the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, which was also the inaugural winner in 2015, with a 126.25 rating.

View the complete 2017 LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings www.ifhaonline.org/resources/WTRRankings/LWBRR.asp?batch=47