Just A Way named world’s best racehorse

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Just A Way winning the Group 1 Dubai Duty Free.
Just A Way winning the Group 1 Dubai Duty Free. © Mathea Kelley

Japanese racehorse Just A Way has been named the 2014 Longines World’s Best Racehorse by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA).

Rated at 130, Just A Way was acknowledged at a ceremony co-organized with the British Horseracing Authority at the iconic hotel Claridge’s in London on Tuesday.

Fellow Japanese runner Epiphaneia, victor of The Japan Cup in association with Longines was rated second at 129. A unique group of horses were rated 127 and placed equal third; Hong Kong’s Able Friend, Great Britain’s Kingman and The Grey Gatsby, Irish trainee Australia and two-time South African Horse of the Year Variety Club.

The owners of the winning horses were presented with elegant Longines watches from the Conquest Classic collection, a line of refined timepieces dedicated to the equestrian world.

IFHA Chairman Louis Romanet said the Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings are the global standard that the international racing community turns to when assessing performance.

“The Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings Committee skillfully debate and decide on ratings. It’s fitting that their hard work and the accomplishments of the top racehorses are on display at the Longines World’s Best Racehorse Ceremony.”

The rankings are established by international handicappers according to the performance of the horses in elite races. This year, Japan’s Just A Way, who led the rankings for the majority of 2014 on the strength of his dominant triumph in the G1 Dubai Duty Free Stakes, was rated 130 and declared the winner of the 2014 title. Following his brilliant victory in the Japan Cup in association with Longines, fellow Japanese runner Epiphaneia was rated 129 and secured the second place, while Hong Kong’s Able Friend, Great Britain’s Kingman and The Grey Gatsby, Irish trainee Australia and two-time South African Horse of the Year Variety Club were all rated 127 and shared third position.

The owners of the winning horses were all presented with elegant Longines watches from the Conquest Classic collection as well as frames by Louis Romanet and Juan-Carlos Capelli, vice-president and Head of International Marketing of Longines.

Just A Way’s owner Akatsuki Yamatoya received the trophy, a chronograph in rose gold fitted with an exclusive column-wheel caliber, and a replica of the vase of the Longines World’s Best Racehorse.

The vase of the Longines World’s Best Racehorse is a crystal vase named Equus, on which the name of the winning horse is engraved each year.

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