Edited press release
The International Federation of Horseracing Authorities will publish on its Web site the "World's Leading Horses" seven times in 2006: January, April, May, July, September, October, and November, after the major international racing events.
The third publication this year of the World's Leading Horses covers the racing period from January to July 2006.
Three horses are now at the top of the rankings. German-bred Shirocco maintains his position at the top, having won two group races this year, including the group I Vodafone Coronation Cup from Ouija Board. Irish colt Hurricane Run reappears in the number one spot for the fifth time after his impressive win over Alexander Goldrun in the group I Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh. Joining this pair is the first Japanese-trained horse to make top ranking, Deep Impact. He has suffered only one defeat in his career and earns his ranking after his third win of the year in group I Takarazuka Kinen in June.
Three-year-old classic winners on a rating of 124 dominate the next positions. The retired Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Barbaro has moved up to this rating after the success of horses behind him in the Derby, and likewise George Washington after the successes of the horses behind him in the Stan James Two Thousand Guineas. The third horse in this group is the impressive group I Budweiser Irish Derby winner Dylan Thomas.
Electrocutionist, who won the Emirates Airline Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) in March moves down a place to join dual group I winners David Junior, winner of the Dubai Duty Free and Coral Eclipse, and Heart's Cry, who won the Nakheel Dubai Sheema Classic.
Vodafone Derby (Eng-I) winner Sir Percy is joined by Preakness (gr. I) winner Bernardini, and Lava Man, who has won three grade 1 races--two on dirt and one on turf in joint 10th place on the rankings.
Newcomers to this year's rankings include St James's Palace (Eng-I) victor Araafa, United Nations winner English Channel, and Ascot Gold Cup winner Yeats.
Following his win in the group I Yasuda Kinen, Bullish Luck is Hong Kong's top ranked horse, while the winner of five group I races, Eremein, maintains his position as the leading Australian horse in the rankings. The position of leading sprinter is held by the Australian Takeover Target, who enhanced his reputation by winning the G2 King's Stand Stakes (Eng-II) at Royal Ascot.
The leading filly and mare is Ouija Board after winning the group I Prince of Wales's Stakes at the Royal Ascot meeting, closely followed by the French mare Pride, who reproduced her top rating in recently defeating Hurricane Run in the group I Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud.
The World's Leading Horses are compiled by the World Rankings Supervisory Committee. The next listing will be released in August. The full list and further information on the World Thoroughbred Racehorse Rankings are available at www.IFHAonline.org