|Thursday, July 11, 2019||Contact: Andrew Chesser|
|The LONGINES World's Best Racehorse Rankings (for 3yos and upwards which raced between 1st January 2019 and 7th July 2019)|
After an impressive performance during Royal Ascot, CRYSTAL OCEAN (GB)  has taken over as the highest rated horse in the world in the fifth edition of the LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings for 2019. The previous leading trio of BEAUTY GENERATION (NZ) , CITY OF LIGHT (USA) , and WINX (AUS)  is now in second.
Crystal Ocean earned his rating in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes (G1), where he defeated MAGICAL (IRE)  by 1 ¼ lengths. WALDGEIST (GB)  finished in third. It was the third consecutive victory for Crystal Ocean, who started his season with wins in the bet365 Gordon Richards Stakes (G3) and Al Rayyan Stakes (G3).
BLUE POINT (IRE)  also left his mark on Royal Ascot, and his rating has increased from 120 to 124. He took both the King’s Stand Stakes (G1) and Diamond Jubilee Stakes (G1) in the same week before being retired. Earlier this year, Blue Point won the Al Quoz Sprint Sponsored by Azizi Developments (G1), Meydan Sprint Sponsored by Gulf News (G2), and Nad Al Sheba Turf Sprint Sponsored by Arabian Adventures (G3) in Dubai.
Meanwhile, ENABLE (GB)  made the first start of her 2019 campaign a winning one, as she defeated Magical and REGAL REALITY (GB)  in the Coral-Eclipse (G1). In doing so, she joined Pebbles (1985) and Kooyonga (1992) as the only female winners of the race.
Other newcomers to the rankings include DO IT AGAIN (SAF) , who won the Vodacom Durban July (G1) for the second time in South Africa; STRADIVARIUS (IRE) , who repeated in the Gold Cup (G1) at Royal Ascot; and TOO DARN HOT (GB) , who took the Qatar Prix Jean Prat (G1) in France.
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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 8th August 2019.
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