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|The LONGINES World's Best Racehorse Rankings (for 3yos and upwards which raced between 1st January 2018 and 5th August 2018|
POET’S WORD (IRE)  is now the co-second highest rated horse, along with GUN RUNNER (USA) , in the sixth edition of the LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings for 2018.
Poet’s Word improved his rating to 129 from 125 by taking the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (G1) by a neck over CRYSTAL OCEAN (GB)  at Ascot. The pair left the field nine lengths behind. Poet’s Word came into the race having won the Prince of Wales’s Stakes (G1), while Crystal Ocean, who improved from 120 to 128, had taken the Hardwicke Stakes (G2) in his previous start.
Meanwhile, during the Glorious Goodwood meeting, two runners put in notable performances and are now ranked. BATTAASH (IRE)  won the King George Qatar Stakes (G2) by four lengths, and LIGHTNING SPEAR (GB)  was victorious by 1 ½ lengths in the Qatar Sussex Stakes (G1).
In the United States, GOOD MAGIC (USA)  improved his rating to 122 from 120 with his three-length score in the betfair.com Haskell Invitational Stakes (G1) at Monmouth Park. Additionally, at Saratoga DIVERSIFY (USA)  won the Whitney Stakes (G1) by 3 ½ lengths over MIND YOUR BISCUITS (USA) , and IMPERIAL HINT (USA)  took the Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap (G1) by 3 ¾ 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 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 September 2018.
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