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Henrythenavigator and Tamayuz world's best

TAMAYUZ has joined Henrythenavigator, with whom he will clash in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot on Saturday week, as the world's top miler according to international handicappers following his victory in the Prix Jacques le Marois.

Tamayuz took the Prix de Fontenoy as a two-year-old

Tamayuz(nearside)  took the Prix de Fontenoy as a two-year-old

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker  

A mark of 124 for the Freddie Head-trained colt has catapulted him alongside the Ballydoyle star in the latest list of the world's leading racehorses, as compiled by a team of international handicappers for the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities.

Head reports Tamayuz, winner of five of his six career starts, to be in the form of his life as he prepares to cross the channel for the first time on September 27.

"The horse is very well and he really couldn't be better," he said. "I think he has even improved since Deauville. He was very impressive that day and hopefully the QEII is the plan for him now.

"He is getting better all the time and while I would ideally like good ground at Ascot, softer groundwould not stop him."

Curlin retains his position of overall supremacy in the latest list of the World's Top 50 Racehorses by virtue of the mark of 130 he achieved in both the Dubai World Cup and the Stephen Foster Handicap.

The four-year-old is 3lb clear of Duke Of Marmalade, the top turf horse in the set of rankings for the six-month period from March 1 to September 7.

However, the list as a whole is yet again almost totally dominated by grass performers. From a total of 62 (including ties), only 12 horses achieved their ratings on either dirt or all-weather.

It will be interesting to see if Curlin can retain his position until the end of the year and therefore become overallworld champion, a title he was denied last year by Manduro.

Turf performers are usually favoured in the global world rankings - since the US joined the international classifications in 1995, only Cigar, Skip Away, Ghostzapper and Invasor have been named overall world champion. The last of those was a controversial choice, as the Racing Post's world champion that year was the Japanese superstar Deep Impact.

In this latest Top 50, Arc favourite Zarkava remains leading turf filly, with Zenyatta rated the top dirt distaffer.


World's Top 50 Racehorses
Rank Horse (trained) Best race Officialrating
1 Curlin (US) Dubai WC/S Foster H 130D
2 Duke Of Marmalade (Ire) King George 127T
3 Big Brown (US) Kentucky Derby/Preakness 126D
  Montmartre (Fr) GP de Paris 126T
  New Approach (Ire) Derby 126T
  Papal Bull (GB) King George 126T
7 Tartan Bearer (GB) Derby 126T
8 Henrythenavigator (Ire) Irish 2,000 Guineas 124T
  Tamayuz (Fr) Jacques le Marois 124T
  Youmzain (GB) GP de Saint-Cloud 124T
  Zarkava (Fr) Prix de Diane 124T
12 Phoenix Tower (GB) Juddmonte International 123T
  Soldier Of Fortune (Ire) Coronation C/GP de S-C 123T
14 Colonel John (US) Travers 122D
  Commentator (US) Whitney Hcap 122D
  Good Ba Ba (HK) Champions Mile 122T
  Kip Deville (US) Poker Hcap 122T
  Raven‘s Pass (GB) St James's Palace/Sussex 122T
  Weekend Hussler (Aus) Newmarket H/G Ryder 122T
  Yeats (Ire) Ascot GoldCup/Gdwd Cup 122T
21 Adlerflug (Ger) Deutschland Preis 121T
  Apache Cat (Aus) TJ Smith/Doomben 10,000 121T
  Getaway (Fr) Jockey Club 121T
  Kamsin (Ger) GP von Baden 121T
  Mambo In Seattle (US) Travers 121D
  Matsurida Gogh (Jap) Nikkei Sho 121T
  Pocket Power (SA) Durban July/Champions Cup 121T
  Sacred Kingdom (HK) Gome Sprint 121T
  Vision D'Etat (Fr) Prix du Jockey-Club 121T
30 Archipenko (SA) QEII Cup/Summer Mile 120T
  Famous Name (Ire) Prix du Jockey-Club 120T
  Frozen Fire (Ire) Irish Derby 120T
  Go Between (US) Pacific Classic 120AW
  Haradasun (Ire) Queen Anne 120T
  Heatseeker (US) Californian H 120D
  Honour Devil (SA) UAE Derby 120D
  JJ The Jet Plane (SA) Golden Hse Spt/Mercury 120T
  Jay Peg (SA) Dubai Duty Free 120T
  Kingsgate Native (GB) Golden Jubilee 120T
  Marchand d'Or (Fr) July Cup/Maurice du Gheest 120T
  Paco Boy (Fr) Hungerford 120T
  Sun Classique (SA) Sheema Classic 120T
  Viva Pataca (HK) Sheema Classic 120T
  Vodka (Jap) Yasuda Kinen 120T
  Zenyatta (US) Clement L Hirsch Hcap 120AW
46 Benny The Bull (US) Golden Shaheen/Smile Spt 119D
  Doctor Dino (Fr) Sheema/GP Chantilly/GP S-C 119T
  Equiano (Sp) King's Stand 119T
  Ginger Punch (US) O Phipps H/Personal Ensign 119D
  Goldikova (Fr) Prix Rothschild/Moulin 119T
  Linngari (SA) Dallmeyr-Preis 119T
  Lush Lashes (Ire) Coronation Stakes 119T
  Macarthur (Ire) Coronation Cup/Hardwicke 119T
  Mount Nelson (Ire) Eclipse 119T
  Quijano (Ger) Sheema Classic 119T
  Racing To Win (Aus) George Ryder 119T
  Sageburg (Fr) Prix d'Ispahan 119T
  Sirmione(Aus) Australian Cup 119T
  Spirit One (Fr) Arlington Million 119T
  Traffic Guard (GB) Irish Champion 119T
  Well Armed (US) Pacific Classic 119AW
  Winchester (Ire) Secertariat 119T

Compiled by IFHA; features performances anywhere in the world Mar 1-Sept 7 2008

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