Cracksman‘s memorable triumph by six lengths in Ascot’s G1 Champion Stakes in October ensured he would be worthy of an award at season’s end.
That he shared the Longines World’s Best Racehorse Award with one of the great champions of the southern hemisphere, the incomparable Winx, was something of which his connections can be proud.
The international panel of handicappers, who compile the world ratings, could not separate Cracksman, winner of three of his four outings in 2018, and late Darley stallion Street Cry's incomparable daughter Winx, who is currently on an incredible winning streak of 29. Both horses, officially Champions in their respective hemispheres, were rated 130.
Cracksman, who is scheduled to start his new career as a Darley stallion at Dalham Hall Stud in coming weeks, took the G1 Prix d’Ispahan, the G1 Coronation Cup, prior to being beaten by Poet’s Word (by the late Poet’s Voice) in the G1 Prince Of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot.
He rounded off a brilliant season on Ascot’s Champions’ Day, in the race he had captured by seven lengths the previous year.
Cracksman, who has already proved extremely popular with breeders, stands at a fee of £25,000, Oct 1, SLF.