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|The LONGINES World's Best Racehorse Rankings (for 3yos and upwards which raced between 1st January 2022 and 10th April 2022)|
Following his easy victory in the Furphy T J Smith Stakes (G1), NATURE STRIP (AUS)  has joined LIFE IS GOOD (USA)  at the top of the second edition of the LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings for 2022.
Nature Strip drew clear in the T J Smith, posting a 3 ¼ length victory in the sprint contest. In doing so, he raised his rating to 124 from 119. Based off this performance, trainer Chris Waller has indicated Nature Strip will now race internationally and is being pointed toward the King’s Stand Stakes (G1) during Royal Ascot.
SPEAKER’S CORNER (USA)  moves into third position following his 4 ½ length score in the Carter Handicap (G1). Previously rated at 119, Speaker’s Corner is undefeated in three starts in 2022. His earlier victories came in the WinStar Gulfstream Park Mile Stakes (G2) and Fred W. Hooper Stakes presented by Hill 'n' Dale Farms at Xalapa (G3).
Stalwart Hong Kong runner GOLDEN SIXTY (AUS)  joins the 2022 rankings in the fourth spot after returning to winning form in the Chairman’s Trophy (G2) in his third start of the year. He won the race by two lengths.
Two runners, COUNTRY GRAMMER (USA)  and GOLDEN PAL (USA) , are the co-fifth highest rated horses in the world. Country Grammer improved his rating to 121 from 119 by taking the Dubai World Cup Sponsored by Emirates Airline (G1) over HOT ROD CHARLIE (USA) . Country Grammer came into the race having finished second behind EMBLEM ROAD (USA)  in the Saudi Cup (G1). Golden Pal is ranked following his victory by 4 ¾ lengths in the Shakertown Stakes (G2). It was his first start since winning the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (G1) last November, and Golden Pal is now expected to face Nature Strip at Royal Ascot.
Country Grammer was not the only horse to impress in Dubai. SHAHRYAR (JPN)  is joint seventh in the rankings after winning the Longines Dubai Sheema Classic (G1) over YIBIR (GB) , AUTHORITY (JPN) , and PYLEDRIVER (GB) . Meanwhile, A CASE OF YOU (IRE) , LORD NORTH (IRE) , and PANTHALASSA (JPN)  are also all ranked following their victories. A Case of You won the Al Quoz Sprint Sponsored by Azizi Developments (G1), while Lord North and Panthalassa made history with a dead heat in the Dubai Turf Sponsored by DP World (G1).
In addition to Nature Strip, a number of other runners in Australia have also impacted this month’s rankings. THINK IT OVER (AUS)  improved his rating to 120 from 118 and is now in co-seventh following his half-length victory over ZAAKI (GB)  in the Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes (G1). Zaaki had come into the race off a win in the Seppelt Wines All-Star Mile. ANAMOE (AUS) , meanwhile, joins the rankings following his victory by 6 ½ lengths in the Sky Racing Active Rosehill Guineas (G1).
Elsewhere, O’CONNOR (CHI)  joins the rankings after taking the Longines Gran Premio Latinoamericano (G1); POTAGER (JPN)  was the upset winner of the Osaka Hai (G1); and TRUESHAN (FR)  kicked off his 2022 season with a victory in the Barry Hills Further Flight Stakes.
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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
Dominic Gardiner-Hill, co-chairman, LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings Committee
Head of Handicapping, British Horseracing Authority
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 12th May 2022.
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