It’s official: despite being retired Black Caviar is still considered the world’s number one racehorse.
The recently retired Australian mare has topped the latest edition of Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings, taken from December 1, 2012 to August 4, 2013.
With a score of 130, “Nelly” comes in just ahead of 2012 American Horse of the Year Wise Dan (129).
The German trained four year old colt Novellist (IRE) (128) stormed to the top of the European rankings with a commanding performance in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes ( Sponsored by Betfair ) (G1) at Ascot defeating Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby (G1) winner Trading Leather (IRE) (120) by five lengths.
In the European pecking order, Novellist is just ahead of two outstanding classic milers in Toronado (IRE) (126) and Dawn Approach (IRE) (125).
The leading racemare in Europe and second only to Black Caviar worldwide, Moonlight Cloud (GB) (121) is joined on a rating of 121 by the US racemare Royal Delta (USA) (121) who returned to her best form when romping home in the Delaware Handicap (G1) for the second year in succession.
Among the classic crop in North America , the Todd Pletcher trained Verrazano (USA) (121) returned from a disappointing performance in the Kentucky Derby to annihilate his rivals in the William Hill Haskell Invitational (G1) at Monmouth Park and in the process jump alongside Kentucky Derby winner Orb (USA) (121) at the top of the North American three year old division.
The Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings are compiled by the World Rankings Supervisory Committee and published by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA).