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|The LONGINES World's Best Racehorse Rankings (for 3yos and upwards which raced between 1st January 2023 and 5th March 2023)|
A trio of Hong Kong-based horses hold the top three spots in the first edition of the LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings for 2023. The rankings are led by GOLDEN SIXTY (AUS) , who is two-for-two this year.
Golden Sixty, who has featured in the ratings since 2020, began 2023 with a one-length victory over ROMANTIC WARRIOR (IRE)  in the Stewards' Cup (G1). CALIFORNIA SPANGLE (IRE)  was a neck back in third. Golden Sixty then defeated Romantic Warrior by a head in the Citi Hong Kong Gold Cup (G1).
Fourth position is held jointly by ART COLLECTOR (USA)  and MOSTAHDAF (IRE) . Art Collector won the Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes presented by Baccarat (G1) by 4 1/2 lengths in the United States to begin his season, while Mostahdaf took the Neom Turf Cup presented by Altanfeethi (G3) by seven lengths in Saudi Arabia to begin his.
Other horses to impress in Saudi Arabia include ELITE POWER (USA)  and PANTHALASSA (JPN) , who are part of a quartet of horses sharing the sixth position. Elite Power won the Riyadh Dirt Sprint presented by Sports Boulevard (G3), and Panthalassa powered to victory in the Saudi Cup (G1). In the Saudi Cup, Panthalassa defeated COUNTRY GRAMMER (USA)  by three-quarters of length. CAFE PHAROAH (USA)  was a half-length back in third, and GEOGLYPH (JPN)  was a head back in fourth.
In addition to Elite Power and Panthalassa, ANAMOE (AUS)  and DO DEUCE (JPN)  are also in the co-sixth position with a rating of 120. Anamoe began his season with victories in the TAB Apollo Stakes (G2) and TAB Chipping Norton Stakes (G1) in Australia, while Do Deuce won the Kyoto Kinen (G2) 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
Chief Advisor on World Racehorse Rankings, The 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 13th April 2023.
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