THE LONGINES WORLD’S BEST RACEHORSE RANKINGS

13 Aug 15

The official listing of the world’s best racehorses

(For 3-y-os and upwards which raced between 1 January and 9 August 2015)

 

Following his devastatingly easy victory in the William Hill Haskell Invitational Stakes (G1), AMERICAN PHAROAH (USA) [131] has reclaimed the top spot in the sixth edition of the LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Ranking for 2015

Rank Horse Rating Trained
1 AMERICAN PHAROAH (USA) 131 USA
2 GOLDEN HORN (GB) 130 GB
3 ABLE FRIEND (AUS) 125 HK
3 SHARED BELIEF (USA) 125 USA
5 SOLOW (GB) 124 FR
5 TREVE (FR) 124 FR

 

American Pharoah, who is best known for becoming the first American Triple Crown winner in 37 years, has won all six of his races this season, five of them in Grade 1 company. The Haskell was American Pharoah’s first start since his historic achievement, and he was never truly asked to run, winning under wraps by 2 ¼ lengths.

Just behind him in the rankings is GOLDEN HORN (GB) [130], who bested his elders in the Coral-Eclipse Stakes (G1) earlier this season. The 3-year-old colt, who also won the Investec Epsom Derby (G1) and Betfred Dante Stakes (G2), is undefeated in five career starts.

Golden Horn was declared out of July’s King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (G1) due to ground conditions but is set to run in next week’s Juddmonte International (G1). The highest rated race in the world, the Juddmonte International could potentially also feature THE GREY GATSBY (IRE) [123], dual-Guineas winner GLENEAGLES (IRE) [122], and Australia’s CRITERION (NZ) [120], among others.

Clearly two special 3-year-olds, American Pharoah and Golden Horn have distanced themselves from the others so far this year. ABLE FRIEND (AUS) [125] and SHARED BELIEF (USA) [125] remain tied in third, while SOLOW (GB) [124] and TREVE (FR) [124] remain tied in fifth. At the end of July, Solow added the Qatar Sussex Stakes (G1) at Glorious Goodwood to the list of his accomplishments.

Moving up the rankings this month is HONOR CODE (USA) [123], who won the Whitney Stakes (G1) at Saratoga in dramatic fashion. In June, he notched his first top class victory in the NYRA.com Metropolitan Handicap (G1).

CAPTAIN OF ALL (SAF) [121], who romped home in the Mercury Sprint (G1) at Greyville, is a newcomer to the rankings this month. His 4 ½-length victory came in the final start of his career, as he has since been retired to stud.

Also newly ranked is POSTPONED (IRE) [121], who won the King George in Golden Horn’s absence.

 

The LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings are compiled by the LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings Committee and published by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA).

For further details on the LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings, please contact:

Nigel Gray, co-chairman, LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings Committee
Head of Handicapping and Race Planning, Hong Kong Jockey Club
Telephone +852 2966 8337
Email nigel.c.gray@hkjc.org.hk

Phillip Smith, co-chairman, LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings Committee
Head of Handicapping, British Horseracing Authority
Telephone +44 1386 834004
Email psmith@britishhorseracing.com

Tom Robbins, chairman, North American Ratings Committee
Executive Vice President, Racing & Industry Relations, Racing Secretary, Del Mar Thoroughbred Club
Telephone +1 858 792 4230
Email tomr@dmtc.com

 

The full list and further information on the LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings are available on the IFHA website http://www.ifhaonline.org.

The next edition of the LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings will be published on Thursday 10 September 2015.

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