Winx (AUS) retains her top ranking in the latest LONGINES World's Best Racehorse rankings


Winx and Hugh Bowman at Randwick, picture Stevehart.com.au
Winx and Hugh Bowman at Randwick, picture Stevehart.com.au

The Asian Racing Federation’s Australian champion mare Winx (AUS) retained her world leading position at the top of the seventh edition of LONGINES World's Best Racehorse rankings released this week.

The official listing of the world’s best racehorses, for three-year-old’s and upwards which raced between 1st January and 9th September 2018, has Winx at 130 with several newcomers to the Top 10. Winx (AUS) [130] returned successfully to the races, easily won the Winx Stakes (G1), and remains on top in the seventh edition of the LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings for 2018.

Coming off a 126-day break, Winx won the race named in her honour at Randwick by two lengths. The race was formally known as the Warwick Stakes (G2), and Winx also won it in 2016 and 2017.

Winx races next in Saturday’s Colgate Optic White Stakes (G1), which she has won the past two years as well, as she attempts to notch her 27th consecutive victory. The mare has also won the race, named the George Main Stakes, for the last two years.

The European summer and autumn season has naturally led to changes in the rankings under Winx.

Breaking into the Top 5 is Roaring Lion (USA) [127], who improved his rating from 122 to 127 with his 3 ¼-length victory in the Juddmonte International Stakes (G1) over Poet’s Word (IRE) [129]. The three-year-old colt, who also won the Coral-Eclipse (G1) in July, headlines Saturday’s Irish Champion Stakes (G1) during Longines Irish Champions Weekend.

Enable (GB) [125], the 2017 European Horse of the Year, is now ranked co-seventh after making her 2018 debut in the 188Bet September Stakes (G3), where she defeated Crystal Ocean (GB) [128] by 3 ½ lengths. The four-year-old mare, whose season was delayed by injury, is looking to defend her title in the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (G1) in October.

Alpha Centauri (IRE) [124], who will compete in Saturday’s Matron Stakes (G1) during Longines Irish Champions Weekend, improved her rating in her last outing and is also now in the Top 10. The three-year-old filly, who rose to 124 from 122, took on open company to win the Prix du Haras de Fresnay-le-Buffard Jacques le Marois (G1) over Recoletos (FR) [121] by 2 ½ lengths. In his next start, Recoletos won the Prix du Moulin de Longchamp (G1).