Champion Australian sprinter Black Caviar and French filly Treve were named the highest-rated horses in the world at the Longines World’s Best Racehorse Ceremony at the Hong Kong Convention Exhibition Centre.
Black Caviar and Treve shared top billing when the world rankings were last released at the end of November and the handicappers involved with the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities did not change the ratings of either horse at their conference in Hong last week; with both horses finishing the year with a rating of 130.
Black Caviar returned to the races, following a lengthy lay-off after her memorable victory in the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes (1209m) during the 2012 Royal Ascot meeting, with a scintillating performance in the Group 1 Lightning Stakes (1000m) at Flemington before finishing her career with dominant wins in the Group 1 William Reid Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley and the Group 1 T.J. Smith Stakes (1200m) at Royal Randwick.
Managing co-owner Neil Werrett was on hand to accept the award for the connections of Black Caviar, who is in foal to Exceed And Excel, and said that he is delighted the once in a generation equine superstar is still receiving recognition after retiring with a perfect record of 25 wins from 25 race starts.
“It is a fantastic honor for her to be recognised here tonight on the international stage,” Werrett said.
“She has achieved a lot during her racing career and it has come to an end but she is still getting some accolades.
“It is only another nine months and we will have her progeny on the ground and we are pretty excited about that.
“It is the next chapter in the story.”
Treve had four starts in France during the 2013 racing season and has now accumulated, like Black Caviar, a perfect record of five race wins from five starts including three victories at the highest level of racing.
The Motivator filly scored a dominant three and a half lengths victory in the Prix Perruche Bleue (1600m) in Saint Cloud on May 15 before recording her maiden Group 1 victory with a four lengths win in the Prix De Diane Longines (2100m) at Chantilly on June 16.
After a brief spell she returned to the races with a win in the Group 1 Prix Vermeille (2400m) and stamped herself as the best horse in Europe with her incredible five lengths victory over Orfevre and Intello in the Group 1 Prix De L’Arc De Triomphe (2400m).
Champion American miler Wise Dan was allocated a rating of 129 and was also honored at the ceremony for his year, which included six wins from seven starts including victories in the Group 1 Maker’s 46 Mile Stakes (1609m), Group 1 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic Stakes (1810m), Group 1 Woodbine Mile (1609m) and Group 1 Breeders’ Cup Mile (1609m).
The full edition of the 2013 World’s Best Racehorse Rankings will be released on January 16 next year.