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World Thoroughbred Racehorse Rankings

The World Thoroughbred Racehorse Rankings (WTRR) are compiled by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA), an organization established in 2003 with headquarters in Paris, France made up of members from around the world.

According to the IFHA website, "The IFHA World Thoroughbred Racehorse Rankings are the official assessment of the top performers. In 1977, France, Great Britain and Ireland published the first internationally agreed assessment of racing merit on behalf of the European Pattern Committee under the banner of the International Classifications. In 1985, Germany and Italy joined the system, to be followed by North America (both Canada and the United States) and Japan in the mid 1990s."

Like most commercial enterprises, Thoroughbred horse racing has become part of the global economy. As such, beginning in 2004, the organization of the world's most senior Handicappers undertook an official end-of-season assessment of the top Thoroughbred performers and produced the World Thoroughbred Racehorse Rankings which are published twice a year. Its January publication includes the end of season assessments of horses aged three years old and upwards which have either raced in, or been trained in, countries whose racing season runs from January 1 to December 31.

Top ranked horses

  • Horse names are followed by a suffix indicating the country where foaled.

Year

Rating

Horse

Trained

Race

2009 136 Sea The Stars (IRE) Ireland Irish Champion Stakes

2008

130 Curlin (USA) United States Dubai World Cup
Stephen Foster Handicap
130 New Approach (IRE) Ireland Champion Stakes
2007 131 Manduro (GER) France Prince of Wales's Stakes
2006 129 Invasor (ARG) United States Breeders' Cup Classic
2005 130 Hurricane Run (IRE) France Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe
2004 130 Ghostzapper (USA) United States Breeders' Cup Classic

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