|Thursday, March 11, 2021||Contact: Andrew Chesser|
|The LONGINES World's Best Racehorse Rankings (for 3yos and upwards which raced between 1st January 2021 and 7th March 2021)|
In his first start of the year, MISHRIFF (IRE)  won the Saudi Cup, and the Great Britain-based 4-year-colt leads the first edition of the LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings for 2021 as a result.
Mishriff posted a one length victory in the Saudi Cup over CHARLATAN (USA) , who was also making his first start of 2021. Last year, Mishriff’s biggest score came when he won the Prix du Jockey Club (G1) in France.
Australia’s NATURE STRIP (AUS)  is the second highest rated horse in the first edition of the rankings for 2021 after his half-length win in the Black Caviar Lightning (G1) in February, which served as the multiple Group 1 winner’s first start of the season.
In co-third, along with Charlatan, are Hong Kong-based runners EXULTANT (IRE)  and GOLDEN SIXTY (AUS) . Golden Sixty, who has now won 13 races in a row, took the Stewards' Cup (G1) in January over SOUTHERN LEGEND (AUS)  and KA YING STAR (GB) , and he beat FURORE (NZ)  and Exultant in the Citi Hong Kong Gold Cup (G1) in February. Exultant came into that race having finished second in the Centenary Vase (G3) while carrying 133lbs.
Three horses sit in the co-sixth position as well. America’s KNICKS GO (USA) , who finished fourth in the Saudi Cup, started his 2021 campaign with a 2 ¾-length victory in the Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes (G1), while undefeated LIFE IS GOOD (USA)  is the highest rated 3-year-old thus far after winning the San Felipe Stakes (G2) by eight lengths. In South Africa, RAINBOW BRIDGE (SAF)  added to his list of accomplishments by taking the Cape Town Met presented by Cape Racing (G1) in January by 1 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, 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 April 2021.
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