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 6th June, 2021)
Following his performance in the Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes (G1), PALACE PIER (GB)  leads the fourth edition of the LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings for 2021.
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|PALACE PIER (GB)||125||GB|
|NATURE STRIP (AUS)||123||AUS|
|DOMESTIC SPENDING (GB)||122||USA|
|MYSTIC GUIDE (USA)||122||USA|
|ESSENTIAL QUALITY (USA)||121||USA|
|GRAN ALEGRIA (JPN)||121||JPN|
With his 1 ½-length victory in the Lockinge, Palace Pier improved his rating to 125 from 121 and is now two-for-two in 2021. He came into the race off of his winning seasonal debut in the bet365 Mile (G2), which he won by eight lengths. Palace Pier is expected to race next in the Queen Anne Stakes (G1) during Royal Ascot.
Additionally, DOMESTIC SPENDING (GB)  joins MISHRIFF (IRE)  and MYSTIC GUIDE (USA)  in the third position after winning the Resorts World Casino Manhattan Stakes (G1) by 2 ¾ lengths. His first start of the year came in May when he dead-heated for first in the Old Forester Bourbon Turf Classic Stakes (G1).
There is now a six-way tie for the sixth position following a number of impressive performances around the world. In England, ADAYAR (IRE)  won the Cazoo Derby (G1) by 4 ½ lengths, and PYLEDRIVER (GB)  defeated AL AASY (IRE)  by a neck in the Coral Coronation Cup (G1). In the United States, ESSENTIAL QUALITY (USA)  took the Belmont Stakes presented by NYRA Bets (G1) by 1 ¼ lengths, while in Japan GRAN ALEGRIA (JPN)  won the Victoria Mile (G1) by four lengths.
A number of horses are also equally rated at 120, making them co-12th in the latest rankings. In addition to Al Aasy, newcomers include SHAHRYAR (JPN) , who defeated EFFORIA (JPN)  by a nose in the Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby) (G1); SNOWFALL (JPN) , who romped home in the Cazoo Oaks (G1) by a record 16 lengths; ST MARK’S BASILICA (FR) , who won the Qatar Prix du Jockey Club (G1) by 1 ¾ lengths; and ZAAKI (GB) , who joins the rankings following his victory in the Channel 7 Doomben Cup (G1), which he won by seven lengths.
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