World top 20 racehorses

Horse Racing Efforia
Efforia: enters Top 3 with Arima Kinen victory under Takeshi Yokoyama. Photo: Japan Racing Association

The world top 20 racehorses – based on Thoroughbred Racing Commentary global rankings

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Horse | Age and sex | Trainer (nation) | Sire 

  1. Knicks Go 5h Brad Cox (USA) Paynter (USA)
    Leading the way: Knicks Go is new number one on world rankings after Breeders’ Cup triumph
    Joseph O’Brien gatecrashes Saratoga party with longshot State Of Rest as Knicks Go ‘runs huge’ in Whitney
  2. St Mark’s Basilica 3c Aidan O’Brien (IRE) Siyuoni (FR)
    News flashes: St Mark’s Basilica retired and more …
    On top of the world: St Mark’s Basilica is new number one on global rankings
  3. Efforia 3c Yuichi Shikato (JPN) Epiphaneia (JPN)
    On the record: Colin Keane, Damien Oliver, Efforia and more …
  4. Gran Alegria 5m Kazuo Fujisawa (JPN) Deep Impact (JPN)
    Here comes the girl!’ – watch as Japanese superstar Gran Alegria ends career in style
  5. Golden Sixty 6g Francis Lui (HK) Medaglia D’Oro (USA)
    On the record: Golden Sixty in Hong Kong, Allan Smith in Bahrain, Robby Albarado in US
    On the record: Golden Sixty, Christophe Lemaire, Lord Glitters and more …
  6. Palace Pier 4c John & Thady Gosden (GB) Kingman (GB)
    Royal Ascot: Palace Pier shows he’s world’s best in Queen Anne – but Poetic Flare steals the show
    ‘He’s a beast’ – Lockinge star Palace Pier is new world number one on global rankings
  7. Baaeed 3c William Haggas (GB) Sea The Stars (IRE)
  8. Nature Strip 7g Chris Waller (AUS) Nicconi (AUS)
  9. Contrail 4c Yoshito Yahagi (JPN) Deep Impact (JPN)
  10. Verry Elleegant 6m Chris Waller (AUS) Zed (NZ)
    Arc challenge back on table for Melbourne Cup winner Verry Elleegant in 2022
  11. Mishriff 4c John & Thady Gosden (GB) Make Believe (GB)
    Juddmonte International: all you need to know as global superstar Mishriff lands runaway success
    King George takeaway: all you need as Adayar beats MIshriff at Ascot
  12. Essential Quality 3c Brad Cox (USA) Tapit (USA)
    Saratoga special: Japan is undone by Gufo as Essential Quality takes Travers
    ‘Heart of a champion’ – Essential Quality digs deep to land Jim Dandy after wide trip at Saratoga
  13. Life Is Good 3c Todd Pletcher (USA) Into Mischief (USA)
  14. Zaaki 6g Annabel Neasham (AUS) Leroidesanimaux (BRZ)
    News flashes: Starman retired, Craig Williams off Zaaki, Sea Bay injured and more …
  15. Space Blues 5h Charlie Appleby (GB) Dubawi (IRE)
  16. Medina Spirit 3c Bob Baffert (USA) Protonico (USA)
    News flashes: Medina Spirit’s sudden death
  17. Trueshan 5g Alan King (GB) Planteur (IRE)
  18. Hurricane Lane 3c Charlie Appleby (GB) Frankel (GB)
  19. Jackie’s Warrior 3c Steve Asmussen (USA) Maclean’s Music (USA)
  20. Tarnawa 5m Dermot Weld (IRE) Shamardal (USA)

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