Laurel River Leads Latest Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings

Laurel River | Erica Rasmussen

Following his dominant victory in the G1 Dubai World Cup, Juddmonte Farms' homebred Laurel River (Into Mischief) is at the top of the second edition of the Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings for 2024 with a rating of 128. The 6-year-old was never threatened in the World Cup, romping home by 8 1/2 lengths over Ushba Tesoro (Jpn) (Orfevre) (120 on the Longine rankings), with Senor Buscador (Mineshaft) (121) a neck back in third. Laurel River came into the race having won the G3 Burj Nahaar by 6 3/4 lengths earlier in March.

With his victory in the G1 Longines Dubai Sheema Classic, Godolphin's Rebel's Romance (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}) has improved his rating to 123 from 120 and is now the second-highest rated horse in the world. The 6-year-old gelding, who defeated Shahryar (Jpn) (Deep Impact {Jpn}) (120) by two lengths in the Sheema Classic, came into the race having won the G3 H H The Amir Trophy by three lengths in February.

Facteur Cheval (Ire) (Ribchester {Ire}) (120) joins the rankings in the co-fifth position following his win in the G1 Dubai Turf, while Tuz (Oxbow) (119) is now ranked after winning the G1 Dubai Golden Shaheen by 6 1/2 lengths.

In the U.S., Fierceness (City of Light) (120) joined the Top 5 on the rankings following his explosive victory in the GI Curlin Florida Derby.

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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