Louis Romanet, the chairman of the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities, Feb. 20 announced the appointment of Phil Smith, head of handicapping for the British Horseracing Authority, as co-chairman of the Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings Committee.
Smith replaces Garry O'Gorman, senior flat handicapper for the Irish Turf Club who has decided to step down after serving six years in the position. Nigel Gray, head of handicapping and race planning for the Hong Kong Jockey Club, will remain in his current capacity as co-chairman.
Both will serve a three-year term that began Feb. 1.
"One of the key objectives of the IFHA is to promote horse racing throughout the world and as such the Federation publishes the Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings," Romanet said in a release. "The development and interest in the rankings would not have been possible without the contribution of Garry O'Gorman and we thank him for his time as co-chairman. I am confident that under the leadership of Nigel Gray and Phil Smith, the Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings will continue to be the global standard for rating the best horses in our sport."
The World's Best Racehorse Rankings Committee's rankings are based on the ratings earned by horses running worldwide. In 2013, Black Caviar and Treve topped the year-end 2013 World's Best Racehorse Rankings and were honored as the joint top-rated horses at the first Longines World's Best Racehorse ceremony held during the Longines Hong Kong International Races in December.
Further information on the Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings is available on the IFHA website.
The first edition of this year's World's Best Racehorse Rankings will be published March 13.