World top 20 racehorses

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Tarnawa: she’s the tops (of those not retired). Photo: Breeders’ Cup/Eclipse Sportswire (Scott Serio)

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

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

  1. (1) Almond Eye 6m (retired) Sakae Kunieda (JPN) Lord Kanaloa (JPN)
    Japan: Almond Eye named Horse of the Year for the second time
    Japan Cup: all you need to know as record-breaking Almond Eye joins the immortals
  2. (2) Enable 7m (retired) John Gosden (GB)  Nathaniel (IRE)
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    Arc takeaway: all you need to know as Enable is sunk in the mud behind Sottsass
  3. (3) Ghaiyyath (retired) 6h 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
  4. (4) Tarnawa 5m Dermot Weld (IRE) Shamardal (USA)
    Breeders’ Cup Saturday: Tarnawa tops clean sweep for Europe on the Keeneland turf
  5. (5) Golden Sixty 5g Francis Lui (HK) Medaglia D’Oro (USA)
    Hong Kong International Races: all you need to know in the Sha Tin takeaway
    ‘Like driving a Formula 1 car’ – ten in a row as Golden Sixty motors towards Hong Kong Mile
  6. (6) Contrail 4c Yoshito Yahagi (JPN) Deep Impact (JPN)
    Contrail: no Arc in 2021 – but Dubai Turf is on the agenda for Triple Crown winner
  7. (7) Magical 6m (retired) Aidan O’Brien (IRE) Galileo (IRE)
    Thanks for the memories: mighty mare Magical retired – and this time it’s for real
  8. (8) Sottsass 5h (retired) Jean-Claude Rouget (FR) Siyouni (FR)
    Arc takeaway: all you need to know as Enable is sunk in the mud behind Sottsass
  9. (9) Love 4f Aidan O’Brien (IRE) Galileo (IRE)
    A ‘freebie’ for Serpentine, Kameko to cut back, Triple Crown for Love? Here’s the Derby takeaway
  10. (10) Authentic (retired) 4c Bob Baffert (USA) Into Mischief (USA)
    Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Authentic is retired to stud
    ‘The best horse in America’ – Bob Baffert heads our Breeders’ Cup takeaway
  11. (11) Tiz The Law 4c (retired) Barclay Tagg (USA) Constitution (USA)
    Shock as Tiz The Law is retired: racing career over on veterinary advice
  12. (12) Battaash 7g 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
  13. (13) Maximum Security (retired) 5h Bob Baffert (USA) New Year’s Day (USA)
    ‘She’s a superstar’: Monomoy Girl stays in training – but Improbable and Maximum Security retired
    Breeders’ Cup Saturday: ‘The best horse in America’ – Bob Baffert ends turbulent year with Classic one-two
  14. (14) Gran Alegria 5m Kazuo Fujisawa (JPN) Deep Impact (JPN)
    Japan’s year of wonders continues as Gran Alegria strikes again with stunning turn of foot
    All you can say is wow! Watch Gran Alegria’s stunning charge in Sprinters Stakes in Japan
  15. (15) Palace Pier 4c John Gosden (GB) Kingman (GB)
    Jacques le Marois: all you need to know as Palace Pier and Frankie Dettori make light of the heavy
  16. (16) Monomoy Girl 6m Brad Cox (USA) Tapizar (USA)
    ‘She’s a superstar’: Monomoy Girl stays in training – but Improbable and Maximum Security retired
  17. (17) Improbable 5h (retired) Bob Baffert (USA) City Zip (USA)
    Breeders’ Cup Saturday: ‘The best horse in America’ – Bob Baffert ends turbulent year with Classic one-two
    Santa Anita: watch Improbable impress over Maximum Security – plus Princess Noor’s star show
  18. (18) Addeybb 7g William Haggas (GB) Pivotal (GB)
    Addeybb: William Haggas plots second trip to Australia – with Saudi Cup as back-up option
    British Champions Day: all you need to know about Ascot ace Addeybb and history-making Hollie
  19. (19) Persian King (retired) 5h Andre Fabre (FR) Kingman (GB)
  20. (20) Mogul 4c Aidan O’Brien (IRE) Galileo (IRE)
    Hong Kong International Races: all you need to know in the Sha Tin takeaway

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