World's Best Racehorse Rankings

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The Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings (LWBRR), known as World Thoroughbred Racehorse Rankings (WTRR) before 2012, are horseracing's equivalent to World Rankings by other major sporting organizations such as ATP Tennis Rankings, World Golf Rankings, FIFA World Rankings for soccer and IRB Rugby World Rankings. The Longines Rankings are based on the rating earned by horses running worldwide from North and South America, Europe, Middle East, South Africa, Asia through to Australia and New Zealand.

The ratings are compiled under the auspices of The International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA) by racing officials & handicappers representing the five continents who compile the ranking order by agreeing on the rating for each horse. The ratings are based on the performance of horses in elite races held during the designated period which takes in account the quality of opposition and achievements of each horse. The annual rankings denote the champions in the various distance categories for example sprint or mile, surface either turf or dirt/artificial and also the fillies & mares category.

According to the IFHA website, "The IFHA World Thoroughbred Racehorse Rankings are the official assessment of the top performers." In 1977, France, Great Britain and Ireland published the first internationally agreed assessment of racing merit on behalf of the European Pattern Committee under the banner of the International Classifications. In 1985, Germany and Italy joined the system, to be followed by North America (both Canada and the United States) and Japan in the mid 1990s.

The Longines Rankings measure a given horse's peak performance during the year, leading the Racing Post to suggest that 'World's Best Racehorse Performance' would be a more accurate title. Unlike other handicapping ratings, the IFHA rating assigned to a performance at the start of the racing season does not decrease if the horse has a subsequent decline in form. Interim standings are published throughout the year with the final report published in January of the following year.[1]

Top ranked horses[edit]

  • Horse names are followed by a suffix indicating the country where foaled.
Year Rating Horse Trained Race
2003 134 Hawk Wing (USA) Ireland Lockinge Stakes
2004 130 Ghostzapper (USA) United States Breeders' Cup Classic
2005 130 Hurricane Run (IRE) France Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe
2006 129 Invasor (ARG) United States Breeders' Cup Classic
2007 131 Manduro (GER) France Prince of Wales's Stakes
2008 130 Curlin (USA) United States Dubai World Cup
Stephen Foster Handicap
130 New Approach (IRE) Ireland Champion Stakes
2009 136 Sea The Stars (IRE) Ireland Irish Champion Stakes
2010 135 Harbinger (GB) Great Britain King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes
2011 136 Frankel (GB)[2] Great Britain Sussex Stakes
2012 140 Frankel (GB)[3] Great Britain Queen Anne Stakes / Juddmonte International Stakes
2013 130 Treve (FR) France Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe
130 Black Caviar (AUS) Australia T J Smith Stakes
2014 130 Just A Way (JPN) Japan Dubai Duty Free
2015 134 American Pharoah (USA) United States Breeders' Cup Classic
2016 134 Arrogate (USA) United States Breeders' Cup Classic


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