With her dominating victory in the LONGINES Queen Elizabeth Stakes (G1), WINX (AUS)  is now alone at the top of the third edition of the LONGINES World's Best Racehorse Rankings for 2018.
Winx won the Queen Elizabeth by 3 ¾ lengths over GAILO CHOP (FR) , and in doing so, she improved her rating to 130 from 129. It was the Australian star's 25th consecutive victory. Her other wins this year include the TAB Chipping Norton Stakes (G1) and The Agency George Ryder Stakes (G1). Winx, who is currently on a spell, is scheduled to remain in Australia and continue her campaign there later this year.
CRACKSMAN (GB)  and JUSTIFY (USA)  are also responsible for notable changes near the top of the latest rankings.
Cracksman, who was the co-third highest rated horse of 2017, made his seasonal debut a winning one at the recently reopened ParisLongchamp. The 4-year-old Frankel colt posted an easy four length victory in the Prix Ganay – Prix de l'Inauguration de ParisLongchamp (G1).
Justify, meanwhile, improved his rating to 124 from 120 after winning the Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve (G1) by 2 ½ lengths over GOOD MAGIC (USA) . AUDIBLE (USA)  was a head back in third. Justify, who is a perfect four-for-four, had previously won the Santa Anita Derby (G1) in his first attempt at stakes company.
On the same day Justify took the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, SAXON WARRIOR (JPN)  won the QIPCO 2000 Guineas Stakes (G1) by 1 ½ lengths at Newmarket in his first start of the year. The Deep Impact colt has also won all four of his career starts.
Elsewhere, during Champions Day at Sha Tin, PAKISTAN STAR (GER)  won the AP QEII Cup (G1) by three lengths, while IVICTORY (AUS)  defeated MR STUNNING (AUS)  by a half-length in the Chairman's Sprint Prize (G1).
The LONGINES World's Best Racehorse Rankings are compiled by the LONGINES World's Best Racehorse Rankings Committee and published by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA).
The full list and further information on the LONGINES World's Best Racehorse Rankings are available on the IFHA website http://www.ifhaonline.org.
The next edition of the LONGINES World's Best Racehorse Rankings will be published on Thursday 14th June 2018.
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