The latest LONGINES World's Best Racehorse rankings 1 January 2019 - 10 November 2019

Asian Racing Federation runners increased their rankings in the ninth edition of the LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings for 2019, released this week, led by the Japanese star mares Almond Eye (JPN) and Lys Gracieux (JPN).

Japan’s Horse Of The Year, the four-year-old Lord Kanaloa mare Almond Eye, was ranked 124 after her three-length victory in the Tenno Sho (Autumn) (G1) at Tokyo. The well-travelled six-year-old Heart’s Cry mare Lys Gracieux was ranked 121 after she went to Melbourne, Australia, to be the first Japanese trained horse to ever win the Ladbrokes Cox Plate (G1) at The Valley.

The Australian three-year-old Dundeel colt Castelvecchio (AUS), a Group 1 winner at two, went up to a 120 ranking after he was second to Lys Graciuex with the margin 1 1/2L.

In further news for Australian runners, the Chris Waller trained Nicconi five-year-old Nature Strip (AUS) went to a new ranking of 122 after a display of sprinting in the Darley Sprint Classic (G1) over 1200m up Flemington’s straight sprint course that left the rest of the field 3 1/4L adrift on the final day of the Victoria Racing Club’s Melbourne Cup Carnival week.

Nature Strip and James McDonald leaving the rest of the field behind at Flemington, picture
Nature Strip and James McDonald leaving the rest of the field behind at Flemington, picture

Elsewhere in the latest rankings Vino Rosso (USA) [126] posted an impressive victory in the LONGINES Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) to join the top five of the LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings.

Vino Rosso improved his rating from 121 to 126 when he defeated Mckinzie (USA) [123] by 4 1/4 lengths at Santa Anita. Earlier in the year, Vino Rosso won the Gold Cup at Santa Anita Stakes (G1), and he came into the Breeders’ Cup World Championships having finished first in the Jockey Club Gold Cup Stakes (G1) before being demoted to second in that contest behind Code Of Honor (USA) [121].

Breeders’ Cup weekend also saw Mitole (USA) [121] improve his rating from 120 to 121 after defeating Shancelot (USA) [120] by 1 ¼ lengths in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1). Additionally, Spun To Run (USA) [120] joins the rankings after his 2 ¾ length victory over Omaha Beach (USA) [120] in the Big Ass Fans Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1).

In England, King Of Change (GB) [120] made headlines during British Champions Day with his 1 ¼ length win in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (G1).