|Thursday, July 12, 2018||Contact: Andrew Chesser|
|The LONGINES World's Best Racehorse Rankings (for 3yos and upwards which raced between 1st January 2018 and 8th July 2018)|
With his victory at Royal Ascot, POET’S WORD (IRE)  has joined CRACKSMAN (GB)  as the co-third highest rated horse in the fifth edition of the LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings for 2018.
Poet’s Word bested Cracksman by 2 ¼ lengths in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes (G1). He came into the race off of a victory in the Matchbook Brigadier Gerard Stakes (G3) and also finished second to HAWKBILL (USA)  in the Longines Dubai Sheema Classic (G1) earlier this year.
Other Royal Ascot winners finding themselves ranked include ALPHA CENTAURI (IRE)  and BLUE POINT (IRE) . Alpha Centauri, the highest rated 3-year-old filly in the world, won the Coronation Stakes (G1) by six lengths. In her previous start, she won the Tattersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas (G1). Blue Point, meanwhile, took the King’s Stand Stakes (G1) by 1 ¾ lengths over Battaash.
At Sandown, ROARING LION (USA)  beat QIPCO 2000 Guineas Stakes (G1) winner SAXON WARRIOR (JPN)  by a neck in the Coral-Eclipse (G1) when the pair of 3-year-olds took on their elders. In May, Roaring Lion won the Betfred Dante Stakes (G2), and he also finished third in the Investec Derby (G1) in June behind MASAR (IRE) .
Elsewhere, MIKKI ROCKET (JPN)  proved game as he defeated former Hong Kong Horse of the Year Werther by a neck in the Takarazuka Kinen (G1) in Japan.
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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 9th August 2018.
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