THE WORLD’S LEADING HORSES
The Official Listing of the Top 50 Horses in the World
(covering the period 1st May – 4th November 2008)
RAVEN’S PASS (USA) and NEW APPROACH (IRE)
JOINT TOP THREE YEAR OLD COLTS IN THE WORLD
CURLIN (USA)  still retains top billing despite his recent defeat in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, but a number of outstanding recent performances are reflected in the latest edition of the World’s Leading Horses, the official listing of the top 50 horses in the world compiled by the panel of handicappers/racing secretaries affiliated to the IFHA (International Federation of Horseracing Authorities).
WORLD’S LEADING HORSES
Top 12 Horses
1st May 2008 to 4th November 2008
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Rank Horse Rating Trained
1 CURLIN (USA) 130 USA
2 NEW APPROACH (IRE) 129 IRE
2 RAVEN’S PASS (USA) 129 GB
4 DUKE OF MARMALADE (IRE) 127 IRE
4 ZARKAVA (IRE) 127 FR
6 BIG BROWN (USA) 126 USA
6 MONTMARTRE (FR) 126 FR
6 PAPAL BULL (GB) 126 GB
9 CONDUIT (IRE) 125 GB
9 GOLDIKOVA (IRE) 125 FR
9 HENRYTHENAVIGATOR (USA) 125 IRE
9 YOUMZAIN (IRE) 125 GB
NEW APPROACH (IRE)  put up a career best performance in winning the Emirates Airline Champion Stakes (G1) by six lengths and in doing so vaulted to the top of the three year old colts’ rankings where he was soon joined by RAVEN’S PASS (USA) , who defeated HENRYTHENAVIGATOR (USA)  and TIAGO (USA)  in a historic edition of the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) run for the first time on the Pro Ride synthetic surface at Santa Anita.
In other memorable performances from Breeders’ Cup 2008 : GOLDIKOVA (IRE)  put up a scintillating display in defeating reigning champion KIP DEVILLE (USA)  in the Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) : ZENYATTA (USA)  remains unbeaten having annexed the Breeders’ Cup Ladies Classic (G1) in imperious fashion, while CONDUIT (IRE)  continued his remarkable progression this year when recording a career best performance in winning the Emirates Airline Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1). MIDNIGHT LUTE (USA)  created history by becoming the first horse to win consecutive runnings of the Sentient Flight Group Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) and in the process achieved top ranking in the sprinting division.
VODKA (JPN)  confirmed her status as best filly/mare in Japan by winning the Tenno Sho (Autumn) (G1) in record time, while VIVA PATACA (GB)  made an impressive return to action in winning the Mission Hills Sha Tin Trophy (HK3).
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The World’s Leading Horses are compiled by the World Rankings Supervisory Committee and published by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA).
For further details on the World’s Leading Horses, please contact:
Nigel Gray, co-chairman World Rankings Supervisory Committee
Head of Handicapping and Race Planning, Hong Kong Jockey Club
Telephone +852 2966 8337
Garry O’Gorman , co-chairman World Rankings Supervisory Committee
Senior Flat Handicapper, Irish Turf Club
Telephone +353 5997 26596
Tom Robbins, chairman North American Ratings Committee
Vice President (Racing), Del Mar Thoroughbred Club
Telephone +1 858 792 4230
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The full list and further information on the World Thoroughbred Racehorse Rankings and World’s Leading Horses are available on the IFHA web site http://www.ifhaonline.org/