The LONGINES World's Best Racehorse rankings 1 January 2019 - 5 May 2019

The latest LONGINES World's Best Racehorse rankings issued this week revealed that Australian sprinter Santa Ana Lane (AUS) had joined the top five in the third edition of the LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings for 2019 with a rating of 124.

Santa Ana Lane (gold) winning the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) at Randwick, picture
Santa Ana Lane (gold) winning the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) at Randwick, picture

After the Anthony Freedman trained six-year-old Lope De Vega gelding’s dominant 3 1/2L win in the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes over 1200m at Randwick on April 6th he now sits just behind the joint leaders Beauty Generation (NZ) (125), City Of Light (USA) (125) and Winx (AUS) (125).

Santa Ana Lane previously was rated at 120 and improved to 124 off of his victory in the TJ Smith Stakes.

In his last race he was fourth in the Group 1 Chairman’s Sprint Prize over 1200m at Sha Tin on April 28th.

The tactical race was won by Beat The Clock (AUS) (120) with a slow early tempo not suiting the back runner Santa Ana Lane. Although Santa Ana Lane had the fastest closing sectionals of the race he was up against a quickening pace from the leaders at the same time and he finished 2 1/4L behind the winner.

Freedman’s sprinter, a Group 1 winner in three Australian States, has earned stakes of A$5.1 million from 10 wins and six placings from 34 starts.

At the same meeting Asian Racing Federation runners Win Bright (JPN) (120) and Exultant (IRE) (120) confirmed their rating when finishing first and second in the Group 1 FWD QEII Cup over 2000m.

Beauty Generation completed his domination of the milers in the Group 1 FWD Champions Mile over 1600m with a facile 1 1/2L win running a time of 1.33.63 and not tested by champion jockey Zac Purton.

From France, Waldgeist (GB) (122) joins the rankings after he won the Group 1 Prix Ganay by 4 ½ lengths at ParisLongchamp in his first start of the year.

A number of horses from around the world share the ninth position with a rating of 120. Australia’s Hartnell (GB) (120) and South Africa’s Hawwaam (SAF) (120) both improved to 120 off of previous ratings of 119, while Magical (IRE) (120) joins the rankings after she easily took the Alleged Stakes (G3) in Ireland.