American Pharoah named world’s best for 2015 while Aidan O’Brien team claims host of honours

Triple Crown hero American Pharoah has been named the 2015 Longines World’s Best Racehorse at a ceremony in London.

American Pharoah named world’s best for 2015 while Aidan O’Brien team claims host of honours

Bob Baffert’s brilliant colt became the first horse since Affirmed in 1978 to claim the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont, but it was his devastating performance in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Keeneland that earned him a rating of 134.

American Pharoah is the highest-rated North American-trained three-year-old since the United States became part of the International Classifications in 1995.

Owner Ahmed Zayat said: “Not only was he brilliant on the racetrack, he has connected with everyone in America.

“He brought us back hope. For 37 years we were waiting for a horse like that and he was finally the one.”

Baffert said: “I’m very fortunate to have had a lot of talented horses, but he did it all. ”

John Gosden’s Golden Horn was the stand-out turf performer of 2015, winning the Epsom Derby, the Coral-Eclipse, the Irish Champion Stakes and the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and achieving a rating of 130 in the process.

Only Sea The Stars (136) and Frankel (140) have rated higher as three-year-olds on the grass than Golden Horn since the inauguration of the World Thoroughbred Rankings in 2004.

Frankie Dettori partnered the colt in each of his four Group One victories, and said: “What he achieved as a three-year-old is beyond any horse I’ve ridden in the past.”

Treve was the world’s best filly or mare, despite coming up short in her bid to win an historic third Arc at Longchamp in October.

Treve achieved the same rating of 126 she managed in 2014 following her scintillating success in the Prix Vermeille in September.

The distinction of being the highest-rated older male on turf was shared by Freddy Head’s Solow, who won five Group Ones, including the Queen Anne and the QEII at Ascot, and Hong Kong ace Able Friend, with both horses achieving a mark of 125.

Winner of the inaugural Commonwealth Cup, the July Cup and the Qipco British Champions Sprint, Muhaarar (123) is the highest-rated European three-year-old sprinter since his sire Oasis Dream back in 2003.

Order Of St George was confirmed the world’s leading stayer after achieving a rating of 124 for his 11-length triumph in the Irish St Leger.

Aidan O’Brien also trained the world’s top three-year-old turf miler in dual 2000 Guineas and St James’s Palace Stakes hero Gleneagles (122).

Fellow Ballydoyle inmate Found (120) was crowned the best three-year-old turf filly over both 10 furlongs and a mile and a half.

O’Brien had the distinction of training both the top European juvenile colt and filly in the same year for the third time in his career, with Air Force Blue and Minding rated 124 and 120 respectively.

The Willie Mullins-trained Max Dynamite (117) was Europe’s top older stayer, while the top older sprinting male was Eddie Lynam’s Sole Power (118).

Legatissimo, trained by David Wachman, was the top three-year-old filly miler with a rating of 116.

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