The first three home from the 2019 renewal of the Group 1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth QIPCO Stakes have been jointly awarded the title of Longines World's Best Racehorse for 2019. Enable, Crystal Ocean and Waldgeist were all equally rated 128 after fighting out a thrilling finish at Ascot last July.
All three won Group 1 races throughout the summer with Crystal Ocean winning the Prince of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot, Enable landing the King George as well as the Yorkshire Oaks before Waldgeist exacted revenge when he defeated her in the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.
Those ratings, compiled by the Longines World's best Racehorse Rankings Committee and published by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities, ensure that the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes QIPCO Stakes was the highest rated race run in Britain and Ireland last year. It's overall rating of 125.75 made it the second highest rated race anywhere in the world while the Prince of Wales's Stakes was third at 124.25.
The King’s Stand Stakes, run on the opening day of Royal Ascot, was the highest rated Sprint race in the world at 120.25 after Blue Point and Battaash fought out a high quality contest while the Gold Cup, won for a second year running by Stradivarius, was the top rated Stayers' race in the world at 119.25.
The Commonwealth Cup, won by Advertise on the Friday of Royal Ascot, was also the joint highest rated three-year-old race in the world at 118.75.
The 2020 QIPCO King George Diamond Weekend takes place 24th & 25th July.