Simply the best: Black Caviar does it again

Black Caviar
Black Caviar.

Recently retired unbeaten Australian racemare Black Caviar has tied with French galloper Treve on 130 to top the year-end 2013 Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings.

The rankings were published this week by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA).

The remarkable Australian mare and dazzling French filly were honoured as the joint top rated horses at the first Longines World’s Best Racehorse ceremony held during the Longines Hong Kong International Races on December 6.

Longines is the official partner and official watch of the IFHA and the sponsor of the Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings.

An outstanding 8-length victory in the G1 Arima Kinen (Grand Prix) on 22 December 2013 by Orfevre (JPN) vaulted the top Japanese runner to a rating of 129, tying him with Wise Dan (USA) [129] as the co-third rated horses in the world for 2013. Orfevre (JPN) [129] will be honoured by the IFHA and Longines for his 2013 rating at a date to be determined.

“2013 was truly an exceptional and exciting year in global horse racing, where a number of brilliant performances were achieved on the racetrack and key partnerships and initiatives were undertaken by horse racing bodies,” said Louis Romanet, chairman of the IFHA.

“There has never been a time when our sport’s best performers have been so recognized at an international level,” Romanet said. “The accomplishments in 2013 by racehorses such as Black Caviar, Treve, Orfevre and Wise Dan are appreciated not only in their home countries but throughout the world.”

Nigel Gray, co-chairman of the World Rankings Supervisory Committee said 2013 will long be remembered for two special, undefeated racehorses in Black Caviar and Treve. “The 2013 rankings  also marks the first time in official rankings history that the top two racehorses in the world are female.”

Also in 2013, no less than 20 countries are represented and the top 10 racehorses in the world are equally diverse, being comprised of four horses trained in Europe, three horses trained in North America, two horses trained in Asia and one horse trained in Australia.

Also of note, the 2013 rankings mark the second year in which South American horses are included in the rankings, eight in total. The South American countries have also established a new Pattern Race Committee, which is examining the grading and ranking of all Group races in eight South American countries.

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