World top 20 active racehorses

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Essential Quality: Blue Grass winner is number eight. Photo: Coady

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

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

  1. Golden Sixty 5g Francis Lui (HK) Medaglia D’Oro (USA)
    Golden Sixty keeps on winning – by the skin of his teeth in fierce Hong Kong battle
    Hong Kong International Races: all you need to know in the Sha Tin takeaway
  2. Mishriff 4c John Gosden (GB) Make Believe (GB)
    Dubai World Cup card: watch the John and Thady show as Gosdens strike with Mishriff and Lord North
    Saudi Cup: here’s our takeaway as Mishriff stuns the Americans for John Gosden and David Egan
  3. Tarnawa 5m Dermot Weld (IRE) Shamardal (USA)
    Colin Keane gets another chance on Tarnawa after agreeing Dermot Weld link-up
    Breeders’ Cup Saturday: Tarnawa tops clean sweep for Europe on the Keeneland turf
  4. Contrail 4c Yoshito Yahagi (JPN) Deep Impact (JPN)
    Osaka Hai: Lei Papale steals the show ahead of Contrail and Gran Alegria at rain-hit Hanshin
    Contrail: no Arc in 2021 – but Dubai Turf is on the agenda for Triple Crown winner
  5. Gran Alegria 5m Kazuo Fujisawa (JPN) Deep Impact (JPN)
    Osaka Hai: Lei Papale steals the show ahead of Contrail and Gran Alegria at rain-hit Hanshin
    Japan’s year of wonders continues as Gran Alegria strikes again with stunning turn of foot
  6. Chrono Genesis 5m Takashi Saito (JPN) Bago (FR)
    ‘Our biggest option will be the Arc’: Chrono Genesis set for global tour after Dubai
    TRC rankings star: Chrono Genesis
  7. Verry Eleegant 5m Chris Waller (AUS) Zed (NZ)
    ‘She’s a beauty’: plaudits aplenty as ‘world-class mare’ Verry Elleegant downs admirable Addeyyb
  8. Essential Quality 3c Brad Cox (USA) Tapit (USA)
    ‘I’m looking forward to first Saturday in May’ – Essential Quality all guts to stay unbeaten
  9. Monomoy Girl 6m Brad Cox (USA) Tapizar (USA)
    TW3: On the record – Monomoy Girl, Jim Johnson, Nanton and more …
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. Stradivarius 7h John Gosden (GB) Sea The Stars (IRE)
  13. Mystic Guide 4c Mike Stidham (USA) Ghostzapper (USA)
    Dubai World Cup: everything you need to know as Mystic Guide shows the way for Godolphin
  14. Addeybb 7g William Haggas (GB) Pivotal (GB)
    ‘She’s a beauty’ – plaudits aplenty as ‘world-class mare’ Verry Elleegant downs admirable Addeyyb
    British Champions Day: all you need to know about Ascot ace Addeybb and history-making Hollie
  15. Danon Smash 6h Takayuki Yasuda (JPN) Lord Kanaloa (JPN)
  16. Swiss Skydiver 4f Ken McPeek (USA) Daredevil (USA)
    TW3: Best Beyer – Swiss Skydiver
  17. Eduardo 7g Joseph Pride (AUS) Host (CHI)
  18. Charlatan 4c Bob Baffert (USA) Speightstown (USA)
  19. Nature Strip 6g Chris Waller (USA) Nicconi (AUS)
    The Championships Day 1: Nature Strip described as ‘world’s best sprinter’ after starring role
  20. Gamine 4f Bob Baffert (USA) Into Mischief (USA)

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