World's Best Racehorse Rankings
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.
Top ranked horses
- Horse names are followed by a suffix indicating the country where foaled.
|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)||Great Britain||Sussex Stakes|
|2012||140||Frankel (GB)||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|
- Kerr, Tom. "Confusion and mockery as Arrogate tops 'World's Best' rankings despite losses". www.racingpost.com. Retrieved 10 November 2017.
- The World Thoroughbred Rankings - 1st February 2011 to 31st July 2011 Retrieved 12 Aug 2011
- - 2012 WORLD THOROUGHBRED RANKINGS
- IFHA official website (French & English)