The 2018 Investec Derby at Epsom Downs, won by the Charlie Appleby-trained Masa, has been named as the best three-year-old race run anywhere in the world last year.
Masar, who has not raced since, came home a length and a half in front of Dee Ex Bee, with another half-length to Roaring Lion in third and a further two and a half lengths to the fourth-placed Aidan O’Brien-trained Saxon Warrior in the 12-runner Classic over a mile and a half.
The International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA) published its annual list of the world’s top 100 Group and Grade 1 Flat races, details of which were revealed at the LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Ceremony in London.
The ranked list is compiled using the annual race ratings, which are calculated based on the first four finishers in each race. LONGINES and the IFHA use this list to determine the winner of the annual LONGINES World’s Best Horse Race Award.
The race rating for the Group 1 Investec Derby last year came to 121.75, meaning that the Epsom Downs contest finished ahead of the next best three-year-old only races, America’s Kentucky Derby and Australia’s Winx Stakes, both rated 120.25.
The 2018 Investec Derby is also the joint-third best race in Britain, along with the all-aged Coral-Eclipse at Sandown Park and Ascot’s King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes.
The LONGINES World’s Best Horse Race Award was won by the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and the 2018 Investec Derby came equal 12th on the overall worldwide list.
The best horse officially at the end of 2018 to run in the 239th Investec Derby was Roaring Lion, who went on to gain Group 1 victories in the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown Park, the Juddmonte International at York, the QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown and the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot.
Ridden throughout 2018 by Irish-born jockey Oisín Murphy, Roaring Lion earned a rating of 127 in the LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings, making him the best three-year-old to race anywhere in the world last year.
Both Masar and Saxon Warrior were rated 121 in the LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings. Dee Ex Bee earned a rating of 118.