Just A Way Rockets to Top of Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings

by | 04.10.2014 | 1:27pm
Just a Way was much the best when winning the 2014 Dubai Duty Free.

JUST A WAY (JPN) [130], who recently won the Dubai Duty Free Stakes (G1) at Meydan by over 6 lengths heads the second edition of the LONGINES World's Best Racehorse Rankings for 2014.

LONGINES World's Best Racehorse Rankings

Leading Horses

Rank

Horse

Rating

Trained

1

JUST A WAY (JPN)

130

JPN

2

GAME ON DUDE (USA)

125

USA

3

MILITARY ATTACK (IRE) (ex Rave)

124

HK

4

AFRICAN STORY (GB)

123

UAE

4

AKEED MOFEED (GB)

123

HK

4

WILL TAKE CHARGE (USA)

123

USA

7

CALIFORNIA CHROME (USA)

122

USA

8

KIZUNA (JPN)

121

JPN

8

LANKAN RUPEE (AUS)

121

AUS

8

LEA (USA)

121

USA

As a result, Just A Way staked an early claim to become LONGINES best horse of 2014. It is very unusual for a horse to post a 130+ performance so early in the year and the last horse to do so was Curlin when he won the Dubai World Cup (G1) in 2008. Now the winner of three consecutive Group races, including two Group 1's, Just A Way is assessed as having improved by 7lbs. in Dubai from his end of 2013 figure of 123.

GAME ON DUDE (USA) [125], the winner of the Santa Anita Handicap (G1) in early March is thus relegated to second place with WILL TAKE CHARGE (USA) [123] who was third in the monthly LONGINES  table last month, dropping down to fourth equal.

Joining Will Take Charge on a rating of 123 is the 2014 Dubai World Cup (G1) winner, AFRICAN STORY (GB) [123] who scored a comfortable victory at Meydan in the feature race over the front running MUKHADRAM (GB) [118].

Perhaps the most fascinating newcomer to the list this month is the three year old CALIFORNIA CHROME (USA) [122] who staked an early claim for favoritism for the Kentucky Derby (G1) by scooting over 5 lengths clear of his field in the Santa Anita Derby (G1) last Saturday.

Still the top sprinter in the world so far this year is clearly LANKAN RUPEE (AUS) [121]. Now the winner of his last five starts, Lankan Rupee has improved with each of those races, on his last two starts winning the Sportingbet Oakleigh Plate (G1) and the Lexus Newmarket Handicap (G1) convincingly.

Joining Lankan Rupee on 121 for the first time is the progressive Japanese trained 4 year old KIZUNA (JPN) [121]. Fourth in the Prix De L'Arc de Triomphe (G1) in 2013 behind the French super filly TREVE (FR), (who hopefully runs in the Prix Ganay (G1) later this month), Kizuna showed his well-being when cruising home on his seasonal reappearance at Hanshin in the Sankei Osaka Hai (G2).

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