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 World's Best Racehorse Rankings measure a given horse's peak performance during the year. Throughout the year the Longines Rankings are published at regular intervals and the final annual rankings are released in January. The three highest-rated horses are honored during the Longines World's Best Racehorse and Longines World's Best Horse Race Ceremony.[1]

Related Awards

The ratings for the horses also help establish two other awards: the aforementioned Longines World's Best Horse Race and the Longines World's Best Jockey. The Longines World’s Best Horse Race award recognizes the best-rated race of the highest-rated Group 1 international races as established by a panel of international handicappers. The ratings of the top four finishers in each race serve as basis for the assessment. Introduced in 2015, the award was won by the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe in 2015, 2017, and 2018, while the Breeders' Cup Classic won in 2016. Additionally, the IFHA releases the top 100 Group/Grade 1 races each year.[2]

The Longines World's Best Jockey[3] is named each December in Hong Kong. The top 100 Group 1 and Grade 1 races serve as the base of this annual competition to recognize top jockeys throughout the world. Frankie Dettori was the 2018 Longines World’s Best Jockey, and he previously was honored in 2015. Hugh Bowman won the title in 2017, while Ryan Moore took the inaugural contest in 2014 as well as the 2016 edition.

Top ranked horses

  • 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)[4] Great Britain Sussex Stakes
2012 140 Frankel (GB)[5] 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
2017 134 Arrogate (USA) United States Dubai World Cup
2018 130 Cracksman (GB) Great Britain Champion Stakes
130 Winx (AUS) Australia Queen Elizabeth Stakes (ATC)


  • International Federation of Horseracing Authorities
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