|Thursday, June 10, 2021||Contact: Andrew Chesser|
|The LONGINES World's Best Racehorse Rankings (for 3yos and upwards which raced between 1st January 2021 and 6th June 2021)|
Following his performance in the Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes (G1), PALACE PIER (GB)  leads the fourth edition of the LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings for 2021.
With his 1 ½-length victory in the Lockinge, Palace Pier improved his rating to 125 from 121 and is now two-for-two in 2021. He came into the race off of his winning seasonal debut in the bet365 Mile (G2), which he won by eight lengths. Palace Pier is expected to race next in the Queen Anne Stakes (G1) during Royal Ascot.
Additionally, DOMESTIC SPENDING (GB)  joins MISHRIFF (IRE)  and MYSTIC GUIDE (USA)  in the third position after winning the Resorts World Casino Manhattan Stakes (G1) by 2 ¾ lengths. His first start of the year came in May when he dead-heated for first in the Old Forester Bourbon Turf Classic Stakes (G1).
There is now a six-way tie for the sixth position following a number of impressive performances around the world. In England, ADAYAR (IRE)  won the Cazoo Derby (G1) by 4 ½ lengths, and PYLEDRIVER (GB)  defeated AL AASY (IRE)  by a neck in the Coral Coronation Cup (G1). In the United States, ESSENTIAL QUALITY (USA)  took the Belmont Stakes presented by NYRA Bets (G1) by 1 ¼ lengths, while in Japan GRAN ALEGRIA (JPN)  won the Victoria Mile (G1) by four lengths.
A number of horses are also equally rated at 120, making them co-12th in the latest rankings. In addition to Al Aasy, newcomers include SHAHRYAR (JPN) , who defeated EFFORIA (JPN)  by a nose in the Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby) (G1); SNOWFALL (JPN) , who romped home in the Cazoo Oaks (G1) by a record 16 lengths; ST MARK’S BASILICA (FR) , who won the Qatar Prix du Jockey Club (G1) by 1 ¾ lengths; and ZAAKI (GB) , who joins the rankings following his victory in the Channel 7 Doomben Cup (G1), which he won 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
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 July 2021.
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