THERE are no South African-breds or horses with a South African interest in the latest Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings, though Frosted, the grey we know from Dubai, finds himself as co-second-highest rated horse in the world and is the biggest mover in the fifth edition of the Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings for 2016.
Frosted, who spent much of 2015 running against eventual 2015 Longines World’s Best Racehorse American Pharoah, began his 2016 campaign in the United Arab Emirates before returning to the United States. He originally was rated at 120 after he won the Al Maktoum Challenge Round 2 Sponsored by EGA (UAE-II) by five lengths in February. The Met Mile was his first start since finishing fifth behind California Chrome in the Dubai World Cup Sponsored by Emirates Airline (UAE-I).
The name of SA favourite Mubtaahij, who finished 1.5-lengths in front of Frosted in the Dubai World Cup and last week made a good comeback run in a Gr2, cannot be found on the list.
A number of horses featured in this edition of the rankings earned their ratings at Royal Ascot. Leading the way is Galileo Gold, who improved his rating from 120 to 123 after winning the St James’s Palace Stakes (Eng-I).
The Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings are compiled by the Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings Committee and published by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities.
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