|Thursday, October 10, 2019||Contact: Andrew Chesser|
|The LONGINES World's Best Racehorse Rankings (for 3yos and upwards which raced between 1st January 2019 and 6th October 2019)|
WALDGEIST (GB)  denied ENABLE (GB)  a historic third victory in the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (G1), which has led to a change at the top of the rankings in the eighth edition of the LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings for 2019.
In the final yards of the Arc, Waldgeist passed Enable and posted a 1 ¾ length victory over her to improve his rating from 124 to 128. SOTTSASS (FR)  finished in third, improving his rating from 120 to 123.
Waldgeist and Enable are now tied at the top of the rankings, along with CRYSTAL OCEAN (GB) , who won the Prince of Wales’s Stakes (G1) before finishing second by a neck to Enable in the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth QIPCO Stakes (G1) in July. Waldgeist finished third in both of those races before winning the Qatar Prix Foy (G2) and the Arc.
In Hong Kong, champion BEAUTY GENERATION (NZ)  impressed in his return to the races by taking the Celebration Cup (G3) in track record time while carrying 133 lbs. With his win, Beauty Generation improved his rating from 125 to 127.
Meanwhile, BENBATL (GB)  made his first start in 335 days a winning one by taking the Shadwell Joel Stakes (G2) by five lengths. Benbatl was last seen finishing second behind Winx, the 2018 co-LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse, in last year’s Ladbrokes Cox Plate (G1).
Additionally, in the United States, CODE OF HONOR (USA)  improved his rating from 120 to 121 after winning the Jockey Club Gold Cup Stakes (G1) via disqualification over the newly ranked VINO ROSSO (USA) . Also, OMAHA BEACH (USA)  is now ranked after defeating SHANCELOT (USA)  by a head in the Santa Anita Sprint Championship Stakes (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, 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 14th November 2019.
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