The LONGINES World's Best Racehorse Rankings - the official listing of the world’s best racehorses (For 3yos and upwards which raced between 1st January and 8th July, 2018)
With his victory at Royal Ascot, POET’S WORD (IRE)  has joined CRACKSMAN (GB)  as the co-third highest rated horse in the fifth edition of the LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings for 2018.
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|2||GUN RUNNER (USA)||129||USA|
|3||POET’S WORD (IRE)||125||GB|
|5||WEST COAST (USA)||124||USA|
|7||HAPPY CLAPPER (AUS)||123||AUS|
|7||THUNDER SNOW (IRE)||123||UAE|
|7||TRAPEZE ARTIST (AUS)||123||AUS|
Poet’s Word bested Cracksman by 2 ¼ lengths in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes (G1). He came into the race off of a victory in the Matchbook Brigadier Gerard Stakes (G3) and also finished second to HAWKBILL (USA)  in the Longines Dubai Sheema Classic (G1) earlier this year.
Other Royal Ascot winners finding themselves ranked include ALPHA CENTAURI (IRE)  and BLUE POINT (IRE) . Alpha Centauri, the highest rated 3-year-old filly in the world, won the Coronation Stakes (G1) by six lengths. In her previous start, she won the Tattersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas (G1). Blue Point, meanwhile, took the King’s Stand Stakes (G1) by 1 ¾ lengths over Battaash.
At Sandown, ROARING LION (USA)  beat QIPCO 2000 Guineas Stakes (G1) winner SAXON WARRIOR (JPN)  by a neck in the Coral-Eclipse (G1) when the pair of 3-year-olds took on their elders. In May, Roaring Lion won the Betfred Dante Stakes (G2), and he also finished third in the Investec Derby (G1) in June behind MASAR (IRE) .
Elsewhere, MIKKI ROCKET (JPN)  proved game as he defeated former Hong Kong Horse of the Year Werther by a neck in the Takarazuka Kinen (G1) in Japan.
Poet's Word winning at Royal Ascot, picture Liesl King