1. Sea The Stars (Timeform rating 140)
An outstanding colt, one of the best of all time, Sea The Stars became the first horse since Nashwan in 1989, and just the second since Nijinsky, to win both the Guineas and the Derby. He was also impressive when backing up his two classic wins with victory in the Eclipse, before winning with plenty in hand in the Juddmonte International.
He produced the performance of a true champion in the Irish Champion Stakes, earning a Timeform rating of 140, and he made it six Group 1s in as many months when landing the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe to cap a faultless three-year-old campaign. John Oxx
Sea The Stars - the glorious finale to a glittering racing career... pic.twitter.com/gy7Bb5CuIS— At The Races (@AtTheRaces) April 6, 2018
2. Golden Horn (134)
A lengthy, good-topped, attractive colt, Golden Horn’s exceptional three-year-old campaign started with victory in a listed race at Newmaket. He then landed the Dante at York, which persuaded connections to supplement him for the Derby at Epsom. Golden Horn justified the decision by producing a performance right out of the top drawer, running out a three-and-a-half-length winner of the Derby.
He needed a more gutsy performance to see off high-class rival The Grey Gatsby in the Eclipse, but he suffered a shock defeat - the first of his career - when not at his best in the Juddmonte International, which was won by Arabian Queen. He quickly regained the winning thread in the Irish Champion Stakes, before turning in another top-class effort to win the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.
He failed to go out with a bang in the Breeders’ Cup Turf, as he was beaten by the high-class Found, but that took nothing away from what had been a phenomenal season. John Gosden
📆 June 6, 2015— Racing TV (@RacingTV) May 26, 2019
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3 = Behkabad (125)
Unbeaten in three starts as a juvenile, including the Group 3 Prix des Chenes at Longchamp, Behkabad quickly made up into a high-class performer as a three-year-old, winning three times, including the Group 1 Grand Prix de Paris. A cosy success set him up for a tilt at the Arc but, while he ran creditably, he could only finish fourth behind Workforce.
Behkabad raced only once as a four-year-old, but he ran right up to his best when attempting to give weight to a smart race-fit rival in the shape of Silver Pond, finishing a close-up second. Jean-Claude Rouget
3 = Ouija Board (125)
Ouija Board proved herself a very smart filly in the making when a cosy winner of the Pretty Polly Stakes, before belying any stamina doubts with a breathtaking performance in the Oaks. She didn’t have to match her Epsom form to complete the Oaks double at the Curragh, and her reputation was by no means tarnished when she finished third in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe on her first outing against the colts at the top level. She was subsequently supplemented for the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf, which she duly landed, capping a fine season.
Injury hindered her third season in training, with her only wins coming in a Group 3 at Newmarket and the Hong Kong Vase at Sha Tin, but she showed herself just about as good as ever as a five-year-old, landing the Prince Of Wales’s and the Nassau Stakes, the latter victory an especially memorable one as she had to dig deep to see off a persistent challenge from Alexander Goldrun. After finishing runner-up in the Irish Champion Stakes, Ouija Board became only the second horse after Da Hoss to regain a Breeders’ Cup title, gaining her seventh top-level success in the Filly & Mare Turf. Her third-place finish in the Japan Cup was to be her final appearance as she was retired eve of the Hong Kong Vase after sustaining a recurrence of a splint injury in her near-fore.
Ouija Board is the dam of top-class Derby winner Australia. Ed Dunlop
5 = Guignol (124)
A very smart performer who raced for most of his career in his native Germany, Guignol’s top-level breakthrough came when causing an upset in the Group 1 Grosser Preis von Bayern in Munich, where he beat Godolphin duo Racing History and Hawkbill
He proved better than ever the following season, winning three times in Group company, including twice at the highest level, with his best performance coming in the Grosser Preis von Baden, where he beat Iquitos by two and a half lengths. J-P Carvalho
5 = Awtaad (124)
Awtaad developed into a very smart performer in his three-year-old season, winning his first three races of 2016, including the Irish 2000 Guineas, before finishing third behind Galileo Gold and The Gurkha in the St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot.
A long season appeared to be taking its toll as he took a backwards step when finishing eighth in the Sussex Stakes, but a short break, as well as the addition of a tongue tie, got him back on track in the Boomerang Stakes at Leopardstown. Awtaad ran respectably in the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, but was essentially not good enough when fourth in what was to be his final race. Kevin Prendergast
5 = He’s Your Man (124)
He’s Your Man showed only smart form when trained in France by Alain de Royer-Dupre, failing to win on both raids to Britain. However, he upped his game after being sold to Australia and sent to Chris Waller, producing a career-best performance when runner-up, beaten a short head, in the Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes at Flemington. He was also placed in the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes. Chris Waller
8 = Windhoek (122)
Windhoek was successful on his only outing as a juvenile and also won his first two races as a three-year-old, including the listed Newmarket Stakes. However, he didn't progress as expected and failed to win from six more attempts that season, though he did contest some extremely competitive races.
A stable change, from Mark Johnston to Saeed bin Suroor, seemed to spark something of a resurgence and he made a winning start for his new yard in a Meydan handicap. He continued in good heart, finishing runner-up in the Winter Derby and the Listed Festival Stakes, and he made the most of a good opportunity to regain the winning thread in the listed Gala Stakes at Sandown.
Windhoek was sent off strong favourite for the Group 2 York Stakes and he went like the best horse at the weights, but paid the price for not settling and eventually finished third. He didn’t need to reproduce his best form to finish his season with a win in a valuable Group 2 in Turkey. Saeed bin Suroor
Crystal Capella proved remarkably progressive during her three-year-old campaign, winning five on the spin, including the Group 2 Pride Stakes at Newmarket on her final start of the season. She extended her winning run when digging deep to prevail in the Middleton Stakes at York on her reappearance, producing the performance of her career to fend off Dar Re Mi, but injury restricted her to just two further starts at four, and she was beaten on both occasions, including when runner-up in the Pride Stakes.
Crystal Capella wasn't seen on the racecourse for another year, but she produced a sparkling performance to win the Pride Stakes by four and a half lengths, setting her up for a tilt at the Hong Kong Vase, which she disappointed in.
She returned as a six-year-old and notably won the Group 2 Pricess of Wales Stakes by eight lengths, but disappointed on her other outings, failing to bag that elusive Group 1 success. Sir Michael Stoute
8 = Laaheb (122)
Laaheb did nothing but progress in his first season in training, winning four of his six races, culminating with a win in a listed race at Newmarket.
After a stuttering start to 2010, Laaheb proved himself a credit to connections, progressing steadily through the ranks to record three further wins, namely the Fred Archer at Newmarket, the September Stakes at Kempton and the Cumberland Lodge at Ascot.
Roger Varian, who had been assistant to Michael Jarvis, took over training Laaheb after Jarvis retired at the beginning of 2011, but the son of Cape Cross just wasn’t the force of old, failing to get closer than five lengths to the winner on any of his seven subsequent starts. Michael Jarvis