LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings 1 January 2019 - 31 March 2019


Asian Racing Federation runners prominent in the latest LONGINES World's Best Racehorse rankings

Hong Kong’s Beauty Generation (NZ) [125] and Australia’s Winx (AUS) [125] stayed with City Of Light (USA) [125] at the top of the second edition of the LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings for 2019 released on April 5th, 2019, while several major performers from the UAE’s Dubai World Cup meeting have joined the latest rankings.

Old Persian (GB) [122] is the biggest mover in this month’s rankings and joins the top five after his victory in the Longines Dubai Sheema Classic (G1) over CHEVAL GRAND (JPN) [119] at the UAE’s Dubai World Cup meeting at Meydan on March 30th.

Sitting in the sixth position is world-wide breeding and racing operation Godolphin’s Thunder Snow (IRE) [121], who made history by becoming the first horse to win the Dubai World Cup (G1) twice. This year, he defeated Gronkowski (USA) [120] by a nose.

Equally ranked with Gronkowski is Godolphin’s Blue Point (IRE) [120], who won the Al Quoz Sprint (G1) at Meydan. Previously rated at 119, Blue Point won the Meydan Sprint (G2) and Nad Al Sheba (G3) earlier this season.

Additionally, Almond Eye (JPN) [119], Japan’s reigning Horse of the Year, made her seasonal debut a winning one in the Dubai Turf (G1) at the World Cup meeting.

Japanese star Almond Eye (JPN) winning the Dubai Turf at Meydan, picture Liesl King
Japanese star Almond Eye (JPN) winning the Dubai Turf at Meydan, picture Liesl King

Meanwhile, in Japan, Al Ain (JPN) [119] won the Osaka Hai (G1), and in Australia, Avilius (GB) [119] notched two Group 1 victories a week apart by winning the Ranvet Stakes (G1) and Kia Tancred Stakes (G1).

Over the coming weeks Asian Racing Federation runners Beauty Generation, Winx , Happy Clapper, Santa Ana Lane and Trapeze Artist, all in the top level of the rankings, will step out again at Sha Tin and Randwick respectively.

Winx will have her final race for the Australian autumn in the Group 1 LONGINES Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) at Randwick on April 13th after which it is expected that her connections will confirm the seven-year-old Street Cry mare's retirement.