|Thursday, May 13, 2021||Contact: Andrew Chesser|
|The LONGINES World's Best Racehorse Rankings (for 3yos and upwards which raced between 1st January 2021 and 9th May 2021)|
Sprinting ace NATURE STRIP (AUS)  has taken over the top spot in the third edition of the LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings for 2021.
Previously rated at 121, Nature Strip improved his rating to 123 in the Heineken TJ Smith Stakes (G1). Under jockey James McDonald, Nature Strip easily pulled away to win by two lengths in a field where the first five home were Group 1 winners. Earlier this season, Nature Strip won the Black Caviar Lightning Stakes (G1), and he finished second by a short head to EDUARDO (AUS)  in the Hyland Race Colours Challenge Stakes (G2). Eduardo was third in the TJ Smith.
Globe-trotting ADDEYBB (IRE)  also improved his rating in his most recent start. With his half-length victory in the LONGINES Queen Elizabeth Stakes (G1), Addeybb’s rating raised to 121 from 118. His first start of the year was a second-place effort in the Ranvet Stakes (G1).
Off the strength of his first start of 2021, PALACE PIER (GB)  has joined Addeybb and Eduardo in the co-fourth spot. His seasonal debut came in the bet365 Mile (G2), where he romped to victory by eight lengths. He is expected to make his next start in Saturday’s Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes (G1).
Multiple horses are tied in the seventh position, including SKALLETI (FR)  and EFFORIA (JPN) . Following his score in the Prix Exbury (G3) this March, Skalleti won the Prix d'Harcourt (G2) in April to raise his rating from 118 to 120. Meanwhile, Efforia is new to the rankings, having impressed in the Satsuki Sho (Japanese 2000 Guineas) (G1), which he won by three lengths.
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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, Race Planning and International Racing, Hong Kong Jockey Club
Telephone +852 2966 8337
Phillip Smith, co-chairman, LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings Committee
Tom Robbins, chairman, North American Ratings Committee
Executive Vice President, Racing & Industry Relations, Racing Secretary, Del Mar Thoroughbred Club
Telephone +1 858 792 4230
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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 10th June 2021.
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