Black Caviar best in the world

She may be retired, but Black Caviar has topped the World Best Racehorse Rankings for the first time

Champion mare BLACK CAVIAR has been afforded her final and ultimate accolade for her achievements on the track after she topped the 2013 LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings (WBRR), released by the International Federation of Horse Authorities in Paris tonight (AEST).

Peter Moody’s remarkable mare joined unbeaten French filly TREVE at the top of the ratings for the first time after being named behind superstar FRANKEL in 2011 and 2012, becoming the first Southern Hemisphere-trained horse to head the listings.

Black Caviar, who stretched her unbeaten streak to 25 in the T.J. Smith Stakes (1200m) at Randwick in April, won all three starts during the 2013 racing season, each at Group 1 level.

In a remarkable season, the six-year-old daughter of Bel Esprit returned in February from a seven month injury lay-off to claim her third consecutive win in a race now named in her honour, the Black Caviar Lightning (1000m), eclipsing Special’s 25-year-old track record in the process.

A typically dominant win in the William Reid Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley followed before Black Caviar farewelled Australian racing with her second win in the T.J. Smith Stakes (1200m) at Randwick in April.

Australia’s representative on the WBRR Committee, Greg Carpenter, said the rating assigned to Black Caviar, achieved in her wins at Flemington and Randwick, was a terrific reflection of the standard of Australian racing.

“The rankings confirm Black Caviar’s position as the greatest sprinter and the greatest female equine athlete world racing has seen in the modern era,” Carpenter said.

“In all, 51 Australian-trained horses were included in the listings and this is a great result for Australian racing and continues to show the high regard in which Australian racing is held worldwide.

“Black Caviar becomes the first horse trained in the Southern Hemisphere and the first sprinter to head the listings which is a terrific reflection of the manner in which her racing career was managed.”

Treve’s rating of 130 was achieved when claiming the Group 1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (2400m) at Longchamp in October, one of three Group 1 wins for the Criquette Head-Maarek-trained filly in 2013.

Star Japanese horse ORFEVRE and Woodbine Mile winner WISE DAN shared equal third place in the rankings on 129 with German-trained colt NOVELLIST and Japanese sprint sensation LORD KANALOA rated 128.

In addition to collecting overall honours, Black Caviar headed the Sprint division for a fourth successive year.

Aside from Black Caviar, PIERRO headed the three-year-old sprint category when he was assigned a rating of 122 in winning the Canterbury Stakes (1300m) in March, the first time the race was run at Group 1 level.

The other Australian-trained horses to achieve ratings of above 120 were ALL TOO HARD (122), ATLANTIC JEWEL (122), RELIABLE MAN (122) and EPAULETTE (120).

Star New Zealander IT’S A DUNDEEL was rated 121 for his Group 1 wins in the Rosehill Guineas (2000m) and ATC Derby (2400m).

The Ed Dunlop-trained stayer RED CADEAUX was given a rating of 120 when runner-up in the Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m), with the winner FIORENTE rated 119.

The 2013 WBRR take into account all performances throughout the world, irrespective of where individual horses raced or were trained, during the calendar year.

To merit inclusion in the rankings, a horse must have been rated at 115 or above in the period under review. In total 307 horses made the listings, trained in 20 individual countries, with 51 of those trained in Australia.

Total Number of Australian Trained Horses Rated 115+

2013 51

2012 51

2011 47

2010 43

2009 50

2008 36

2007/08 33

2006/07 29

2005/06 16

2004/05 9

Click here to view the full list of Australian-trained horses that made the Word’s Best Racehorse rankings.

Click here to view the full list of horses that feature in the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities World’s Best Racehorse rankings for 2013.