World top 20 racehorses

Horse Racing Contrail and Salios Satsuki Sho 2020
Contrail: Triple Crown winner takes over at the top. 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. (4) Contrail 3c Yoshito Yahagi (JPN) Deep Impact (JPN)
    Japanese superstar Contrail usurps Enable as number one on global rankings
    Contrail is the unbeaten Triple Crown hero – but only just
    Now for the Triple Crown: it’s so easy for superstar Contrail in Japan
    Star colt Contrail powers away in Japanese Derby – but connections rule out Arc bid
  2. (1) Enable 6m (retired) John Gosden (GB)  Nathaniel (IRE)
    Arc takeaway: all you need to know as Enable is sunk in the mud behind Sottsass
    King George takeaway: Enable and Frankie Dettori make history – here’s what you need to know
  3. (2) Ghaiyyath (retired) 5h Charlie Appleby (UAE) Dubawi (IRE)
    Irish Champion Stakes: get the takeaway as Magical thwarts Ghaiyyath in an epic
    Juddmonte International: everything you need to know about Ghaiyyath the great
    Ghaiyyath beats Enable in race of the season: here’s the Coral-Eclipse takeaway
  4. (3) Magical 5m Aidan O’Brien (IRE) Galileo (IRE)
    Breeders’ Cup: Mogul and Magical to headline Aidan O’Brien team at Keeneland
    British Champions Day: all you need to know about Ascot ace Addeybb and history-making Hollie
    Irish Champion Stakes: get the takeaway as Magical thwarts Ghaiyyath in an epic
  5. (5) Sottsass 4c (retired) Jean-Claude Rouget (FR) Siyouni (FR)
    Arc takeaway: all you need to know as Enable is sunk in the mud behind Sottsass
  6. (6) Maximum Security 4c Bob Baffert (USA) New Year’s Day (USA)
    Awesome Again: watch Improbable impress over Maximum Security – plus Princess Noor’s star show
    Bob Baffert: ‘Maximum Security showed he is a great horse’ – all the news from the Pacific Classic
    Guts gets the glory for Maximum Security at Del Mar – but it’s mighty close
  7. (7) Love 3f Aidan O’Brien (IRE) Galileo (IRE)
    A ‘freebie’ for Serpentine, Kameko to cut back, Triple Crown for Love? Here’s the Derby takeaway
  8. (8) Almond Eye 5m Sakae Kunieda (JPN) Lord Kanaloa (JPN)
    Almond Eye, Magical and Addeybb: stellar cast for Hong Kong International Races
  9. (9) Tiz The Law 3c Barclay Tagg (USA) Constitution (USA)
    Tiz The Law to bypass Preakness ahead of Breeders’ Cup Classic
    Kentucky Derby: everything you need to know as Authentic turns back Tiz The Law
  10. (11) Palace Pier 3c John Gosden (GB) Kingman (GB)
    Jacques le Marois: all you need to know as Palace Pier and Frankie Dettori make light of the heavy
  11. (10) Battaash 6g  Charlie Hills (GB) Dark Angel (GB)
    Battaash: star sprinter ruled out of Breeders’ Cup but will be back in 2021
    Nunthorpe: All you need to know as Battaash survives a scare to crown Crowley four-timer
    Royal Ascot Day 1: here’s the takeaway as Battaash blitzes them behind closed doors
  12. (12) Swiss Skydiver 3f Kenny McPeek (USA) Daredevil (USA)
    Preakness Stakes: all you need to know as Swiss Skydiver triumphs in an epic battle of Baltimore
  13. (13) Beauty Generation 7g  John Moore (HK) Road To Rock (AUS)
    Superstar Beauty Generation to carry on in Hong Kong next season with David Hayes
  14. (14) Persian King 4c Andre Fabre (FR) Kingman (GB)
  15. (15) Addeybb 6g William Haggas (GB) Pivotal (GB)
    British Champions Day: all you need to know about Ascot ace Addeybb and history-making Hollie
  16. (16) Mohaather 4c (retired) Marcus Tregoning (GB) Showcasing (GB)
    Sussex Stakes: Mohaather ‘could have won much easier’ while Murphy says ‘jockey error’ cost Kameko
  17. (17) Improbable 4c Bob Baffert (USA) City Zip (USA)
    Santa Anita: watch Improbable impress over Maximum Security – plus Princess Noor’s star show
  18. (19) The Revenant 5g Francis-Henri Graffard (FR) Dubawi (IRE)
  19. (18) Tarnawa 4f Dermot Weld (IRE) Shamardal (USA)
  20. (20) Rushing Fall 5m Chad Brown (USA) More Than Ready (USA)

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World top jockeys and trainers

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