The Top Ranked Horses in the World

WORLD THOROUGHBRED RANKINGS

The official listing of the top horses in the world
(covering the period 1st January to 20th June 2010)

WORKFORCE (GB) [127] leapt to the top of the World Thoroughbred Rankings with his emphatic triumph in the Investec Derby (G1) at Epsom. Making only his third racecourse appearance, Workforce trounced his rivals by 7 lengths and more, in the process taking nearly a second off the course record time set in the Derby 15 years earlier by Lammtarra (USA) [130].

WORLD'S LEADING HORSES

Top 10 Horses -1st January 2010 to 20th June 2010

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Rank

††Horse

Rating

Trained

1

WORKFORCE (GB)

127

USA

2

QUALITY ROAD (USA)

126

USA

3

PACO BOY (IRE)

125

GB

3

ZENYATTA (USA)

125

USA

5

BYWORD (GB)

124

FR

5

FAME AND GLORY (GB)

124

IRE

5

LOPE DE VEGA (IRE)

124

FR

8

ESKENDEREYA (USA)

123

USA

8

GOLDIKOVA (IRE)

123

FR

8

TWICE OVER (GB)

123

GB

Previous pace setter QUALITY ROAD (USA) [126] took his unbeaten run in 2010 to three with another world class performance in the Metropolitan Handicap (G1) at Belmont Park. Shouldering top weight, Quality Road made most of the running to land the spoils by a length and a half, in the process reproducing the 126 rating he achieved in winning the Donn Handicap (G1) at Gulfstream Park in February by 12.75 lengths, and he continues to be the top horse on Dirt.

The leader on Artificial surfaces is also unchanged, with the mighty mare ZENYATTA (USA) [125] taking her perfect record to 17 with a characteristic late charge to capture the Vanity Handicap (G1) at Hollywood Park by half a length. Conceding between 9lb and 17lb to her rivals, she gained her third successive victory in the Vanity, and recorded her highest rating of the season to date.

While Zenyatta was rated the top filly/mare on a non-Turf surface in 2009, the leading female on Turf last year, Goldikova (IRE) [123], followed up her success on her seasonal debut in the Prix díIspahan (G1) with victory in the Queen Anne Stakes (G1) at Royal Ascot. Bursting clear over a furlong from home, Goldikova held the late challenge of PACO BOY (IRE) [125] by a neck, to record her tenth victory in her last twelve starts.

Also at Royal Ascot, BYWORD (GB) [124] confirmed the very favourable impression he had made when chasing home Goldikova in the Ispahan with victory in the Prince of Walesís Stakes (G1) by half a length from TWICE OVER (GB) [123], while STARSPANGLEDBANNER (AUS) [121] emulated his sire Choisir (AUS) [121] by taking the Golden Jubilee Stakes (G1) by a length and three-quarters. In so doing, he launched himself into second place in the sprinting pecking order, just behind the Hong Kong-trained SACRED KINGDOM (AUS) [122]. HARBINGER (GB) [121] continued his climb up the ranks with a decisive three and a half length win in the Hardwicke Stakes (G2), while CANFORD CLIFFS (IRE) [122] put up the best performance by a three-year-old at the 2010 Royal Ascot meeting with his length victory in the St Jamesís Palace Stakes (G1), matching the rating he recorded when winning the Abu Dhabi Irish 2000 Guineas (G1) †at the Curragh in May.

Away from Ascot, FAME AND GLORY (GB) [124] recorded his second successive Group 1 victory when taking the Investec Coronation Cup (G1) at Epsom, while LOPE DE VEGA (IRE) [124] followed up his win in the Poule díEssai des Poulains (G1) with an even better performance in the Prix du Jockey-Club (G1), in which he stormed home by three lengths to earn the second highest rating by a three-year-old so far this year.

In Italy, JAKKALBERRY (IRE) [120] burst on the scene with a three-quarter length triumph in the Gran Premio di Milano (G1), while STACELITA (FR) [120] returned to form with a length and a half triumph in La Coupe (G3) at Longchamp. SARAFINA (FR)[119] established herself as the top European filly of the classic generation to date when landing the Prix de Diane (G1) impressively

Another top-class filly to show she is on her way back to her best was RACHEL ALEXANDRA (USA) [120], who overwhelmed her rivals by ten and a half lengths in the Fleur de Lis Handicap (G2) at Churchill Downs

Sidelined ESKENDEREYA (USA) [123] retains his position as the leading three-year-old on a non-Turf surface courtesy of his 9.75 length victory in the Wood Memorial (G1) at Aqueduct back in April.

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The World Thoroughbred Rankings are compiled by the World Rankings Supervisory Committee and published by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA).††

For further details on the World Thoroughbred Rankings, please contact:

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


Garry O'Gorman
, co-chairman World Rankings Supervisory Committee
Senior Flat Handicapper, Irish Turf Club
Telephone +353 5997 26596
Email gaogorman@eircom.net

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

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The full list and further information on the World Thoroughbred Rankings are available on the IFHA web site http://www.ifhaonline.org/

The next edition of the World Thoroughbred Rankings will be released on 29th July 2010.