The latest edition of the Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings, released last week, contained no less than four racehorses of the Victorian breeding industry in the top 13 positions.
While Arrogate and Winx dominated the leaderboard, Victorian bred horses and their breeders could hold their heads up high.
Ranked eighth was Ciaron Maher’s triple Group 1 winning mare Jameka. The product of the famed Gilgai Farm at Nagambie was rated 120 for her win in The BMW last month at Rosehill. She was second highest rated female in the world behind Winx.
Also ranked eighth was the Hong Kong based Mr Stunning. The four-year-old gelding was bred by another of Victoria’s legendary breeding establishments, Makybe at Gnarwarre. He was Hong Kong’s Griffin of the Year last racing season and won a Group 2 race earlier in April.
Rounding out the Victorian bred trio is another triple Group 1 winner in the son of Hard Spun, Le Romain ranked 13th. Bred by the Carusi brothers at Greta West Stud in North East Victoria, the gelding has won Group 1 races in autumn 2016, spring 2016 and most recently in the Sydney autumn of 2017.
The Victorian bred trio is joined in the Top 13 by future Sun Stud sire and dual Group 1 winner Palentino. Palentino is rated 119 and is the highest ranked Australian bred entire.
Bred in Tasmania, he was secured for stud duties by the Kerrie based Sun Stud following his Group 1 Australian Guineas win last year. Since then he was won another two races at the very highest level.
Trained by Darren Weir, he fell in love with him when he first saw Palentino as a yearling.
“He was such a striking individual; from the moment I laid eyes on him he impressed me: a great temperament and he has just kept rising to the occasion.” Weir said.
“He has done his job. He’s a great horse with a nice pedigree and he’s certainly going to make into a good stallion.”
The Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings is horseracing’s equivalent to World Rankings by other major sporting organizations such as ATP Tennis Rankings, World Golf Rankings, FIFA World Rankings for soccer and IRB Rugby World Rankings.
The rankings are based on the ratings earned by horses running worldwide from North and South America, Europe, Middle East, South Africa, Asia through to Australia and New Zealand and are compiled under the auspices of The International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA).
The full list can be found on the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities website.