VARIETY Club is rated the second-best racehorse in the world on the latest ranking of The World’s Leading Horses, published today by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA).
IFHA, founded in 1993, lists the top thoroughbred racehorses to have run anywhere in the world, assessed on the form they have shown in the previous six months. Their list of the World’s Leading Horses is published at various points in the year, to show the current star performers in the racing world, and how they compare.
Variety Club is the best miler in the world.
Variety Club’s rating was adjusted from 121 to 126 after his easy win over a star-studded field in last Sunday’s Hong Kong Champions Mile and while the 130-rated Just A Way occupies top spot, his best form is from 1800m – 2000m. This means that supporters of the SA-bred have validation of their long-time claim that he is the best miler in the world.
Just A Way arrived in Dubai for the Carnival having won only four races, but his first run outside of his native Japan yielded a spectacular 6.25-length win in the Dubai Duty Free over our own Vercingetorix. The handicapper bumped the son of Sunday Silence-stallion Heart’s Cry up 7 points from 123.
Japan’s Just A Way, top ranked star.
Vercingetorix’s merit was raised only one point to 118 and he occupies joint 27th spot on the list of rankings.
Stalwart seven-year-old Game On Dude (3rd –rated 125) and Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome (4th – 124) are two of three US-bred in the Top 10, while Dubai World Cup winner African Story (123), is the only UK-bred horse in the current Top 10. His sire Pivotal (GB) is the top-rated sire by stakes earnings ($7,367,842) up to 7 May 2014, on a list which sees our own Silvano (GER), in 68th position – though he was assessed on only 28 runners so for the ranking period compared to Pivotal’s 158 starters.
More info on www.ifhaonline.org