The latest Longines global rankings have been released, and the fact they place the American dirt track runner Arrogate ahead of Winx as the world’s best horse have left most Australian horse racing fans shaking their heads in disbelief, and with good reason too when you compare the horses respective race records.
32 starts – 26 wins, 3 seconds, no thirds.
Won 24 Group races.
15 x Group 1.
8 x Group 2.
1 x Group 3.
Won at distances from 1100m – 2200m.
Won at Group level at distances from 1200m – 2200m.
11 starts – 7 wins, 1 second, 1 third.
Won 4 Group races.
4 x Group 1.
Won at distances from 1700m – 2000m.
Won at Group level at distances from 1800m – 2000m.
All of the now retired American colt’s wins came in a single glorious nine month streak on dirt tracks, and after resuming in its 4-year-old season the horse couldn’t go a yard, finishing once second and twice unplaced from three Group runs prior to being retired to stud.
Winx on the other hand has won at least one Group 1 race in each of the four seasons she has raced from her 3-year-old campaign until now, and as we all now has been unbeaten at all distances against all comers for the past 30 months.
Looking at their records side by side you would surely assess that there is no way that anyone could rate Arrogate a better horse than Winx, but it’s not just Longines who are making the crazy claim; the UK form bible Timeform rates Arrogate the best horse in the world above Winx too.
Now in my opinion Timeform is madly biased toward UK form and its global ratings are an ethnocentric crock of sh*t, as is becoming clear as racing becomes globalised and fans begin to watch overseas racing and assess the international form themselves rather than relying on European analysts such as Timeform.
Just take a look at their latest ratings as evidence of how far wide of the mark the once-respected form assessors are in its world-wide rankings, and the case in point is their nomination of Lady Aurelia as the second best horse presently on the planet.
Are they joking? How on earth could the crack 3-year-old American sprinter Lady Aurelia rate a point above Winx?
Sure she’s a top flight filly, but Lady Aurelia has won just two Group 1 Races and a single Group 2 compared to Winx’s record of 15 Group Ones and 8 Group Two’s.
Each of the American filly’s Group successes have been at distances between 1000-1200m, whereas our champion mare has won races at Group level at distances ranging from 1200m to 2200m.
And the race victory that shot Lady Aurelia so high in the ratings was in the Group 1 Kings Stand at Royal Ascot, a race very familiar to Australian fans because its been won over the years by Takeover Target, Miss Andretti, Choisir and Scenic Boom. They were all great horses – the first 3 better than the 4th – but not even their owners would suggest that they could hold a candle to Winx, who would pick each of the four up and carry them over any distance they wanted to run.
So how on earth could Lady Aurelia rank above Winx on any scale?
Equally, how on earth could the next 4 horses ranked under Winx be rated just 1-3 points inferior to the great Aussie mare? It’s nothing but a bloody joke.
Almanzor’s record is 8 from 11, but the French stallion has won only 3 Group One races; the American entire Gun Runner is 11 from 18, with five Group 1 victories, and two wins apiece in Group 2 and 3 races; the US horse Mor Spirit’s lifetime record reads just 6 wins from 18 starts, 3 of them in Group 1 events and at Group 3 level; and Ribchester has won 6 from 16, four in Group 1 races and once each at Groups 2 and 3.
And Timeform reckon these horses could hold a flame to our girl?
Yeah right. Pull the other one it jingles.
Winx is the best horse racing on the planet right now by a country mile – at least 3 to 4 lengths – and if not for a super horse named Frankel the mare would undoubtedly be the undisputed champion racehorse of our generation.
Running second to Frankel is no disgrace.
The Longines and Timeform global rankings are.