LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings 11-05-2018


World leaders highlight Asian Racing Federation racing excellence

Hugh Bowman and Winx return to the winners circle after winning the 2018 Group 1 LONGINES Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) at Randwick, picture Sportpix.com.au
Hugh Bowman and Winx return to the winners circle after winning the 2018 Group 1 LONGINES Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) at Randwick, picture Sportpix.com.au

The dynamic duo of Rosehill trainer Chris Waller’s mare Winx (AUS) and her jockey Hugh Bowman are on top of the world rankings after the LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings released this week for three-year-old’s who have raced between 1st January and 6th May, 2018.

With her dominating victory in the Group 1 LONGINES Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) at Randwick on April 14th Winx, at a rating of 130, is now alone at the top of the third edition of the LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings.

Winx won the Queen Elizabeth by 3 ¾ lengths over Gailo Chop (FR), 120, and in doing so, she improved her rating to 130 from 129. It was the Australian star’s 25th consecutive victory. Her other wins this year include the TAB Chipping Norton Stakes (G1) and The Agency George Ryder Stakes (G1).

The remarkable six-year-old Street Cry mare has now raced 35 times for 29 wins and three second placings with stakes earnings of A$18,998,424.

Wins is currently spelling before Waller commences her preparation towards an attempt for a record fourth win in the Group 1 WFA Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley in October.

Bowman meanwhile leads the LONGINES World’s Best Jockey table with 50 points over Hong Kong based Zac Purton with 48 points.

Winx’s rider won the LONGINES World’s Best Jockey in 2017 and he and Purton have a head start on their European based compatriots as the latter head into their Northern Hemisphere summer season.
Purton improved his standing on the table with impressive wins on Champions Day at Sha Tin on April 29th.

The John Size trained Ivictory (AUS) under Purton took a major step to the top of Hong Kong’s sprinting ranks winning the Group 1 Chairman’s Sprint Prize (1200m) to earn a rating of 120. Ivictory defeated Mr Stunning (AUS) who also has a rating of 120.

Another to make a major step towards the leading ranks trained at Sha Tin was the Tony Cruz trained Pakistan Star (GER) under William Buick in the Group 1 Audemars Piguet QEII Cup (2000m).

Pakistan Star has always shown considerable promise, however, wayward racing manners in the past have not allowed the five-year-old gelding to perform at his peak. His dominant and popular win in the QEII Cup earned a rating of 120.