|Thursday, September 15, 2016||Contact: Andrew Chesser|
|The LONGINES World's Best Racehorse Rankings (for 3yos and upwards which raced between 1st January 2016 and 11th September 2016)|
The seventh edition of the LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings for 2016 features several major changes at the top, led by CALIFORNIA CHROME (USA) , who improved his rating from 128 to 133 with his dominating performance in the $1 Million TVG Pacific Classic Stakes (G1) to once again be the highest rated horse in the world.
A new major player to the rankings is ARROGATE (USA) , who is now the co-second highest rated horse in the world alongside A SHIN HIKARI (JPN) . In his first start in graded stakes company, the 3-year-old colt made history when he won the Travers Stakes (G1) by 13 ½ lengths and broke a track record that had stood for 37 years. Plans call for Arrogate to train up to the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1), where he would face California Chrome.
Another notable newcomer is ALMANZOR (FR) , the Prix du Jockey Club (G1) hero who defeated a strong field in the QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes (G1). The French raider bested FOUND (IRE)  by three-quarters of a length, while MINDING (IRE)  was third in the highlight of LONGINES Irish Champions weekend.
Elsewhere, star mare WINX (AUS)  continued her winning ways, taking the Warwick Stakes (G2) in her spring debut. She was then scratched from the Chelmsford Stakes (G2) due to the track conditions but is set to run in Saturday’s Colgate Optic White Stakes (G1). In England, POSTPONED (IRE)  added to his winning streak by taking the Juddmonte International Stakes (G1) over HIGHLAND REEL (IRE)  and MUTAKAYYEF (GB) , while in America SONGBIRD (USA)  remained undefeated whilst winning the Alabama Stakes (G1).
Veteran FLINTSHIRE (GB)  is ranked for the fourth consecutive year after his 1 ¾-length victory in the LONGINES Sword Dancer Stakes (G1), which he also won in 2015. Meanwhile, MECCA’S ANGEL (IRE)  is ranked after she defeated LIMATO (IRE)  to repeat in the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes (G1).
In France, Japanese Derby (G1) winner MAKAHIKI (JPN)  won the Qatar Prix Niel (G2) in preparation for his anticipated start in the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (G1) in Chantilly. Also during the Arc Trials, VADAMOS (FR)  won the Qatar Prix du Moulin de Longchamp (G1). In his prior race, Vadamos finished second to RIBCHESTER (IRE)  in the Prix du Haras de Fresnay-Le-Buffard Jaques Le Marois (G1).
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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 and Race Planning, Hong Kong Jockey Club
Telephone +852 2966 8337
Phillip Smith, co-chairman, LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings Committee
Head of Handicapping, British Horseracing Authority
Telephone +44 1386 834004
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 13th October 2016.
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