Dual QIPCO Champion Stakes winner Cracksman has been jointly named as the 2018 Longines World’s Best Racehorse along with the Australian mare Winx. The two standout horses were both awarded a rating of 130, ahead of Accelerate, from America, who was third with a rating of 128.
Cracksman impressed with three Group 1 wins in 2018 and his trademark victory came in the QIPCO Champion Stakes on British Champions Day at Ascot, where Longines is a Main Partner and the Official Timekeeper. Cracksman was owned by Anthony Oppenheimer and trained by John Gosden, the same connections as Golden Horn, the 2015 highest rated turf horse in the world. His jockey, Frankie Dettori, was named Longines World’s Best Jockey in 2018.
As well as Cracksman, three other horses in the world’s top 10 ran at Ascot in 2018. Roaring Lion was equal fourth on a mark of 127 having won the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (Sponsored by QIPCO), while Poet’s Word was seventh with a rating of 126 on the strength of his victories in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot and the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Sponsored by QIPCO) in July. He got the better of Crystal Ocean in that thrilling renewal of Ascot’s summer showpiece and his stablemate at Sir Michael Stoute’s yard was just one spot behind him in eighth on 125.
The 2018 running of the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot was the third highest rated race in the world as Poet’s Word beat Cracksman with Hawkbill back in third and Cliffs Of Moher fourth.
Including British Champions Day, Ascot hosted 10 of the top 100 races in the world throughout 2018, a figure only bettered by Sha Tin in Hong Kong with 11.
This included the joint top Stayers’ race in the world as a vintage renewal of the Gold Cup secured an average rating of 118 with Stradivarius and Frankie Dettori triumphant over Vazirabad, Torcedor and Order Of St George.
Ascot also hosted three of the top four sprint races held in Europe in the shape of the King’s Stand, Diamond Jubilee and the QIPCO British Champions Sprint.