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World's Leading Horses 2005

Hurricane Run
Date: 11/14/05

The World's Leading Horses are compiled by the World Rankings Supervisory Committee and published by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA). Hurricane Run (IRE), winner of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe – Lucien Barriere continues to head the rankings of the top racehorses of 2005 after a very extensive month of International racing that included the Breeders' Cup meeting in U.S.A. and Melbourne Cup in Australia and major events in Europe and Canada. Distances are given in meters, but there is a conversion chart here.

The next three positions remain unchanged: Ghostzapper (USA), undefeated on his last six racecourse outings and top or runner up position since the inception of the World Leading Horses. The third position is shared by the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Stakes winner Azamour (IRE) and Westerner (GB) who is likely to contest next month's Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Vase.

The form of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe-Lucien Barriere was affirmed following Shirocco (GER) success in the John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf and he moves up from 11th to joint fifth to join Motivator (GB) and Shamardal (USA) (top ranked miler on Turf) in the World's Rankings.

Re-entering the World's Leading Horses list is the record breaking Australian trained mare Makybe Diva (GB). She gained two recent Group 1 victories in the Cox Plate (2040m) and carried top weight when winning her third successive Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m). She has now been retired to stud after amassing a record A$14m in prize money and the only racehorse to win three Melbourne Cup, which she did in 2003, 2004 and 2005.

Makybe Diva (GB) becomes the top ranked filly and mare and joins Saint Liam (USA), who gained his third Grade One victory of the year by winning the Breeders' Cup Classic – Powered by Dodge, Bago (FR), Starcraft (NZ) (Top Ranked older miler on Turf) and Afleet Alex (USA) in a five way tie for eighth place.

Other notably newcomers to this month listings are, Flower Alley (USA) and Perfect Drift (USA) second and third respectively in Breeders' Cup Classic – Powered by Dodge. The Netjets Breeders' Cup Mile winner enters at number twenty-four. Relaxed Gesture (IRE) won the Canadian leg of 2005 World Series Championships, the Pattison Canadian International (2400m), in good style joins the rankings on the same mark.

A once in a lifetime achievement was seen in Japan recently when undefeated Deep Impact (JPN) achieved the Tripe Crown following his success in the Kikuka Sho (JPN St. Leger) in October. He had earlier won the Satsuki Sho (JPN 2000 Guineas) in April and Tokyo Yushun (JPN Derby) in May.

1117 130LTurfHurricane Run (IRE)3CFR1stPrix de l'Arc de Triomphe2nd Oct12400FR
2211128MDirt* Ghostzapper (USA)5HUSA1stMetropolitan H30th May11600USA
33224126LTurf* Azamour (IRE)4CIRE1stKing George VI & Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes23rd July12400GB
333724126LTurfWesterner (GB)6HFR2ndPrix de l'Arc de Triomphe2nd Oct12400FR
552 125LTurf* Motivator (GB)3CGB1stVodafone Derby4th June12400GB
552 125MTurf* Shamardal (USA)3CGB1stSt James's Palace14th June11600GB
511 19125LTurfShirocco (GER)4CFR1stBreeders' Cup Turf29th Oct12400FR
855 124MDirtAfleet Alex (USA)3CUSA1st,
Preakness S,
Belmont S
21st May,
June 11
11900, 2400USA
8872124LTurfBago (FR)4CFR3rdPrix de l'Arc de Triomphe2nd Oct12400FR
8 2819124ETurf* Makybe Diva (GB)6MAUS1stEmirates Melbourne Cup1st Nov13200AUS
8868124M & IDirtSaint Liam (USA)5HUSA1st,
Stephen Foster,
Breeders’ Cup Classic
18th June,
6th Aug,
29th Oct
8843 124MTurf* Starcraft (NZ)5HGB1stBarclays PLC Queen Elizabeth II24th Sept11600GB
13   123ITurfDavid Junior (USA)3CGB1stChampion Stakes15th Oct12000GB
13117 123MTurf* Dubawi (IRE)3CGB1st,
Irish 2000 Gns,
Haras de Fresnay-le Buffard Jacques Le Marois
21st May,
14th Aug
11600IRE, FR
131117 123ITurf* Oratorio (IRE)3CIRE1st,
Coral Eclipse,
Baileys Irish Champion S
2nd July,
10th Sept
13117 123MTurfProclamation (IRE)3CGB1stCantor Spreadfair Sussex27th July11600GB
131175123STurfSilent Witness (AUS) ex Eltira6GHK1stSprinters Stakes2nd Oct11200HK,
182728 122LTurfAce (IRE)4CIRE2ndBreeders' Cup Turf29th Oct12400USA
18177 122MTurf* Divine Proportions (USA)3FFR1stGainsborough Poule d'Essai des Pouliches15th May11600FR
1817 24122ITurfElectrocutionist (USA)4CITY1stJuddmonte International16th Aug12080GB
18   122IDirtFlower Alley (USA)3CUSA2ndBreeders' Cup Classic29th Oct12000USA
18177 122ITurfGrey Swallow (IRE)4CIRE1stTattersalls Gold Cup22nd May12100IRE
18177 122LTurfNorse Dancer (IRE)5HGB2ndKing George VI & Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Stakes23rd July12400GB
24   121MTurfArtie Schiller (USA)4CUSA1stBreeders' Cup Mile29th Oct11600USA
24174324121MTurfLeroidesanimaux (BRZ)5HUSA1stAtto Mile18th Sept11600CAN
242243 121ITurfMaraahel (IRE)4CGB3rdJuddmonte International16th Aug12080GB
24227 121MTurfRakti (GB)6HGB1stJuddmonte Lockinge14th May11600GB
24   121LTurfRelaxed Gesture (IRE)4CUSA1stPattison Canadian International23rd Oct12400CAN
242217 121LTurfShawanda (IRE)3FFR1stDarley Irish Oaks17th July12400IRE
24227 121MTurfValixir (IRE)4CFR1stQueen Anne S14th June11600GB
2422 8121ITurfZenno Rob Roy (JPN)5HJPN2ndJuddmonte International16th Aug12080GB
322720 120LTurfAlkaased (USA)5HGB1stGrand Prix de Saint-Cloud26th June12400FR
3227  120IDirtBorrego (USA)4CUSA1stJockey Club Gold Cup1st Oct12000USA
322720 120LTurfDeep Impact (JPN)3CJPN1stTokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby)29th May12400JPN
322720 120IDirtGiacomo (USA)3CUSA1stKentucky Derby7th May12000USA
3227 36120ITurf* Powerscourt (GB)5HIRE1stArlington Million13th Aug12000USA
32372814120MDirtRock Hard Ten (USA)4CUSA1stGoodwood Breeders' Cup H1st Oct21800USA
322720 120LTurfScorpion (IRE)3CIRE2nd,
Irish Derby,
Grand Prix de Paris
26th June,
14th July
322720 120LTurfYeats (IRE)4CIRE1stVodafone Coronation Cup3rd June12400GB
4037  119ITurfAlexander Goldrun (IRE)4FIRE3rdBaileys Irish Champion19th Sept12000IRE
403728 119MTurfAsakusa Den'en (GB)6HJPN1stYasuda Kinen5th June11600JPN
403728 119IDirt* Closing Argument (USA)3CUSA2ndKentucky Derby7th May12000USA
4037  119MDirtCommentator (USA)4GUSA1stWhitney H6th Aug11800USA
4037  119LTurfImperial Stride (GB)4CGB1stSeptember S3rd Sept32400GB
403720 119IDirtLava Man (USA)4GUSA1stHollywood Gold Cup9th July12000USA
40   119IDirtPerfect Drift (USA)6GUSA3rdBreeders' Cup Classic29th Oct12000USA
40   119ITurfPride (FR)5MFR2ndChampion Stakes15th Oct12000GB
403728 119MTurfSoviet Song (IRE)5MGB1st,
UAE Equestrian & Racing Federation Falmouth,
Cantor Spreadfair Sussex
5th July,
27th July
4037  119MTurf* Whipper (USA)4CFR2nd,
Haras de Fresnay-le Buffard Jacques le Marois,
Breeders' Cup Mile
14th Aug,
29th Oct
50473736118MDirtAshado (USA)4FUSA1stGo For Wand H31st July11800USA
504737 118LTurfBandari (IRE)6HGB1stHardwicke S18th June22400GB
5047 12118LTurfBetter Talk Now (USA)6GUSA1stMan O War10th Sept12200USA
5047  118ITurfCesario (JPN)3FJPN1stAmerican Oaks Invitational3rd July12000USA
50   118ITurfFields of Omagh (AUS)8GAUS3rdW.S. Cox Plate22nd Oct12040AUS
504728 118LTurfGamut (IRE)6HGB1stPrincess of Wales's S6th July22400GB
5047288118MTurf* Kitten's Joy (USA)4CUSA1stFirecracker Breeders' Cup4th July21600USA
5047  118SDirtLost in the Fog (USA)3CUSA1stKing's Bishop27th Aug11400USA
5047  118ITurfPinson (IRE)3CFR1stGuillaume d'Ornano20th Aug22000FR
50   118MDirtPleasant Home (USA)4FUSA1stBreeders' Cup Distaff29th Oct11800USA
50   118IDirtSuper Frolic (USA)5HUSA4thBreeders' Cup Classic29th Oct12000USA
5047  118LTurfWarrsan (IRE)7HGB1stPreis von Baden4th Sept12400GER

Distances are in meters, so here are some equivalents in North America:
1600 - 1 mile
1800 - 1 1/8 miles
1900 - 1 3/16 miles
2000 - 1 1/4 miles
2400 - 1 1/2 miles

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