There are some big international races in Asia still to come in 2018 but, for now, Cracksman sits at the top of the Timeform Global Rankings. His win in the Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot in October was almost as impressive as his victory in the same race 12 months earlier.
Cracksman is one of five horses in the top 30 trained by John Gosden. He never met stable-mate Enable on the racecourse but the 3 lb allowance fillies and mares receive in Group 1 events would have been enough to give her the edge on Timeform race ratings.
It was an exceptional piece of training to bring Enable back from a long injury lay-off for an unbeaten four-year-old campaign, albeit one of less than two months beginning to end that, purely from a ratings perspective, didn't match the very best of her efforts at three. A second successive victory in the Arc, and becoming the first Arc winner to go on to success at the Breeders' Cup, are both notable historic achievements nevertheless.
The differences between performance and achievement have been discussed in this space before (and are outlined in this article on Timeform's Greatest Horses). They arose again after Winx extended her winning sequence to 29 when taking the Ladbrokes Cox Plate for the fourth consecutive year. We may yet get the chance to see the remarkable mare race again as connections have deferred a decision on her retirement as she missed the southern hemisphere breeding season. The fact that she can't be rated the best in the world on ratings takes nothing from her astonishing career.
We won't get the chance to see the best of the three-year-olds, Roaring Lion, race again, though. The sporting decision to run in the Breeders' Cup Classic--won by another of the top 10, Accelerate--didn't result in a fairytale ending to his career. However, he retires as the winner of four Group 1s in succession, the best of his performances coming in the Juddmonte International from a field that included six other Group 1 winners.
|1||Cracksman||John Gosden, GB||136|
|2=||Enable||John Gosden, GB||134|
|2=||Gun Runner||Steve Asmussen, USA||134|
|2=||Winx||Chris Waller, Australia||134|
|5||Battaash||Charles Hills, GB||133|
|6=||Accelerate||John W Sadler, USA||131|
|6=||Harry Angel||Clive Cox, GB||132|
|8||Roaring Lion||John Gosden, GB||130|
|9=||Beauty Generation||John Moore, Hong Kong||129|
|9=||Benbatl||Saeed bin Suroor, GB||129|
|9=||Blue Point||Charlie Appleby, GB||129|
|9=||Crystal Ocean||Sir Michael Stoute, GB||129|
|9=||Happy Clapper||Patrick Webster, Australia||129|
|9=||Justify||Bob Baffert, USA||129|
|9=||Poet's Word||Sir Michael Stoute, GB||129|
|9=||Sea of Class||William Haggas, GB||129|
|9=||West Coast||Bob Baffert, USA||129|
|18=||Alpha Centauri||Mrs J Harrington, Ireland||128|
|18=||Cloth of Stars||Andre Fabre, France||128|
|18=||Gunnevera||Antonio Sano, USA||128|
|18=||Magical (IRE)||Aidan O'Brien, Ireland||128|
|18=||Order of St George||Aidan O'Brien, Ireland||128|
|18=||Roy H||Peter Miller, USA||128|
|24=||City of Light||Michael McCarthy, USA||127|
|24=||Diversify||Richard Violette Jnr, USA||127|
|24=||Ertijaal (IRE)||Ali Al Rahyi, UAE||127|
|24=||Hartnell||James Cummings, Australia||127|
|24=||Kew Gardens||Aidan O'Brien, Ireland||127|
|24=||Stradivarius||John Gosden, GB||127|
|24=||Too Darn Hot||John Gosden, GB||127|
|24=||Waldgeist||Andre Fabre, France||127|
|32=||Good Magic||Chad Brown, USA||126|
|32=||Imperial Hint||Luis Carvajal, USA||126|
|32=||Mckinzie||Bob Baffert, USA||126|
|32=||Merchant Navy||Aidan O'Brien, Ireland||126|
|32=||Redzel||Peter & Paul Snowden, Australia||126|
|32=||Santa Ana Lane||Lee & Anthony Freedman, Australia||126|
|32=||The Autumn Sun||Chris Waller, Australia||126|
|32=||Thunder Snow||Saeed bin Suroor, GB||126|
|32=||Trapeze Artist||Gerald Ryan, Australia||126|
|32=||Yoshida||Bill Mott, USA||126|
For a list of No 1s by nation please click here.