Classic Win Vaults Knicks Go To The Top Of LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings

After a dominant performance in the LONGINES Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1), Knicks Go (USA) [128] stands alone at the top of the ninth edition of the LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings for 2021.

LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings

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Rank Horse Rating Trained
1 KNICKS GO (USA) 128 USA
2 ADAYAR (IRE) 127 GB
2 MISHRIFF (IRE) 127 GB
2 ST MARK’S BASILICA (FR) 127 IRE
5 PALACE PIER (GB) 125 GB
5 TORQUATOR TASSO (GER) 125 GER
7 BAAEED (GB) 124 GB
7 NATURE STRIP (AUS) 124 AUS

From the start, Knicks Go sprinted clear of his rivals in the Classic, eventually pulling away to a 2 ¾-length victory over Medina Spirit (USA) [123]. Essential Quality (USA) [122] was three-quarters of a length behind in third, while Hot Rod Charlie (USA) [121] finished fourth.

With his win in the Classic, Knicks Go improved his rating to 128 from 124. His other victories throughout the year include the Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes (G1), Whitney Stakes (G1), Prairie Meadows Cornhusker Handicap (G3), and Lukas Classic Stakes (G3).

Another horse who improved his rating during the Breeders’ Cup World Championships is Life Is Good (USA) [123]. His rating rose to 123 from 120 following his 5 ¾-length score in the Big Ass Fans Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1). Furthermore, Yibir (GB) [120] is newly ranked following his win in the LONGINES Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1).

British Champions Day also played host to a number of memorable performances. Baaeed (GB) [124] is now co-seventh in the rankings following his performance in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (G1). The undefeated colt bested Palace Pier (GB) [125] by a neck to get the victory and raise his rating to 124 from 121. Additionally, Sealiway (FR) [123] finds himself ranked following his win in the Qipco Champion Stakes (G1). In that contest, he defeated Dubai Honour (IRE) [121], who is also now ranked, by three-quarters of a length.

In Japan, Efforia (JPN) [123] improved his rating to 123 from 120 by taking the Tenno Sho (Autumn) (G1) by a length over Contrail (JPN) [121]. Finishing a neck back in third was Gran Alegria (JPN) [121].

Meanwhile, several horses also put in impressive efforts this past month in Australia. Verry Elleegant (NZ) [122] is ranked following her four-length victory over Incentivise (AUS) [122] in the Lexus Melbourne Cup (G1), while State of Rest (IRE) [120] is ranked off of his win in the Ladbrokes Cox Plate (G1). Additionally, Masked Crusader (AUS) [122] is ranked following his game second to Nature Strip (AUS) [124] in the Tab Everest.

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).

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