|Thursday, July 14, 2022||Contact: Andrew Chesser|
|The LONGINES World's Best Racehorse Rankings (for 3yos and upwards which raced between 1st January 2022 and 10th July 2022)|
Following his victory at Royal Ascot, BAAEED (GB)  has improved his rating to 128 from 125 and remains the leader in the fifth edition of the LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings for 2022.
Making his second start of the year, Baaeed won the Queen Anne Stakes (G1) by 1 ¾ lengths over REAL WORLD (IRE)  to improve his rating. He is now undefeated in eight career starts. In May, Baaeed defeated Real World by 3 ¼ lengths in the Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes (G1) to begin his 2022 campaign.
Australia’s NATURE STRIP (AUS)  also raised his rating at Royal Ascot and is currently co-second in the rankings. He has improved to 126 from 124 following his victory in the King’s Stand Stakes (G1), which he won by 4 ½ lengths.
Other horses to impress at Royal Ascot include STATE OF REST (IRE) , who is newly ranked following his one-length score in the Prince Of Wales's Stakes (G1), and INSPIRAL (GB) , who is ranked after winning the Coronation Stakes (G1) by 4 ¾ lengths.
Meanwhile, joining Nature Strip in the second position is FLIGHTLINE (USA) . In his seasonal debut, Flightline won the Hill 'N' Dale Metropolitan Handicap (G1) by six lengths to earn his rating of 126. He is undefeated in four lifetime starts.
TITLEHOLDER (JPN)  also improved his rating this past month to 124 from 121 and is now in the co-fourth position along with LIFE IS GOOD (USA) . Titleholder raised his rating by setting a course record in the Takarazuka Kinen (G1), which he won by two lengths over HISHI IGUAZU (JPN) .
Among those rated at 123 are JACK CHRISTOPHER (USA)  and VADENI (FR) . Jack Christopher is new to the rankings following his romp by 10 lengths in the Woody Stephens Stakes presented by Mohegan Sun (G1). Vadeni improved his rating to 123 from 122 following his victory in the Coral-Eclipse (G1) over MISHRIFF (IRE) , NATIVE TRAIL (GB) , LORD NORTH (IRE) , BAY BRIDGE (GB) , and ALENQUER (FR) .
Additionally, TRUESHAN (FR)  is ranked after winning the Jenningsbet Northumberland Plate Handicap while carrying 148 lbs.
Other newcomers to the rankings this month are MO DONEGAL (USA) , OLYMPIAD (USA) , and WESTOVER (GB) . Mo Donegal won the Belmont Stakes presented by NYRA Bets (G1) by three lengths, Olympiad took the Stephen Foster Stakes (G2) by 2 ¼ lengths, and Westover was victorious in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby (G1) by seven 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
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 11th August 2022.
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