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|The LONGINES World's Best Racehorse Rankings (for 3yos and upwards which raced between 1st January 2017 and 5th November 2017)|
The last interim list before the LONGINES World's Best Racehorse Rankings Committee meets in Hong Kong next month to debate the final, and official, rankings for the year reflects the past month of racing. With his resounding victory in the QIPCO CHAMPION STAKES (G1), CRACKSMAN (GB)  has moved into third place in the ninth edition of the LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings for 2017.
Cracksman improved his rating from 122 to 130 with his seven-length romp on British Champions Day. He came into the Champion Stakes, which served as his first Group 1 score, off of easy victories in the Betway Great Voltigeur Stakes (G2) and Qatar Prix Niel (G2).
In the United States, the Breeders’ Cup World Championships impacted the ratings of a number of horses. Leading the way was Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) winner GUN RUNNER (USA) , who improved from 127 to 129 with his 2 ¼ length victory over COLLECTED (USA) . WEST COAST (USA)  was third, while WAR STORY (USA)  was fourth.
TALISMANIC (GB)  is rated after his win in the LONGINES Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1), while ROY H (USA)  joins the rankings due to his victory in the TwinSpires Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1). Furthermore, BATTLE OF MIDWAY (USA)  defeated SHARP AZTECA (USA)  by half of a length in the Las Vegas Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1).
In Asia, KITASAN BLACK (JPN)  improved from 121 to 123 after winning the Tenno Sho (Autumn) (G1) by a neck over SATONO CROWN (JPN)  in their native country, while MR STUNNING (AUS)  won the The Premier Bowl (G2) in Hong Kong.
The final year-end rankings for 2017 will be revealed during the LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Ceremony this coming January.
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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 rankings is the year-end 2017 LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings, which will be released in January 2018.
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