Nature Strip Takes Over As World's Highest Rated

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Australian sprinter Nature Strip (Aus) (Nicconi {Aus}) has overtaken G1 Dubai Sheema Classic and Saudi Cup winner Mishriff (Ire) (Make Believe {GB}) and G1 Dubai World Cup victor Mystic Guide (Ghostzapper) as the highest-rated horse on the Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings, having been assigned a mark of 123 for his victory in the G1 TJ Smith S. on Apr. 10. Mishriff and Mystic Guide now sit a joint second at 122.

Just trailing in their wake on 121 are Addeybb (Ire) (Pivotal {GB}), Eduardo (Aus) (Host {Chi}) and Palace Pier (GB) (Kingman {GB}). Eduardo was third behind Nature Strip in the TJ Smith, while Addeybb defended his title in the G1 Queen Elizabeth S. on the second day of The Championships a week later. Last year's European champion 3-year-old Palace Pier issued an ominous signal to his opponents with an eight-length first-up score in the G2 bet365 Mile on Apr. 23.

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