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(nearside) took the Prix de Fontenoy as a two-year-oldPICTURE: 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.
|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|
|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|
|Spirit One (Fr)||Arlington Million||119T|
|Traffic Guard (GB)||Irish Champion||119T|
|Well Armed (US)||Pacific Classic||119AW|
Compiled by IFHA; features performances anywhere in the world Mar 1-Sept 7 2008