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Racing Post Ratings (RPR) are based on a horse's racing ability in relation to the weight carried i.e. if horse X beats horse Y carrying the same weight then it is awarded a higher rating. The ratings are expressed in pounds (lb) so a horse rated 140 is regarded as 10lb better than one rated 130. There is a sliding scale for converting lb to distance where 3lb = 1 length over 5f and 1lb = 1 length over 2m and upwards.
The Racing Post Doncaster racecard (below)shows both OR and RPR ratings, with the highest rated horse designated number 1. If you were wondering which horse did win this race? It was the Simon Crisford trained Maybe Today (4/1), which had the lowest OR rating (88) of all four runners in the race. In contrast, RPR gave Maybe Today a rating of 103, same as Litigious, the very short priced (6/5) favorite.
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The Racing Post also has an extensive database containing the racing career ratings, and form of every racehorse, current and retired, from Australia, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, South Africa, UK and US. The screenshot (below) showing the racing career RPR and OR ratings for Maybe Today. Their database search box is located at the top right of their site, so if you wish to perform your own racehorse career ratings search please visit the Racing Post .
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The Official Ratings (OR) use the same criteria as the Racing Post, but are compiled by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) and are used to determine the weights horses carry in handicap ratings. In contrast to RPR, the BHA ratings listed for horses in the results reflect the horses' rating going into the race not what they achieved in the race. Their database contains the OR ratings of some 14,000 Flat and National Hunt racehorses which are British trained or have raced in Britain. To search their database of racehorse rankings and race performance statistics please visit the BHA
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The current Longines World Racehorse Rankings lists horses that are 3-year old upwards which raced in 2019. They are updated yearly under the direction of The International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA) by racing officials & handicappers representing the five continents (North and South America, Europe, Middle East, South Africa, Asia to Australia and New Zealand) who compile the ranking order by agreeing on the rating for each racehorse.
As you can see from the Longines partial screenshot (below), the prestigious number 1 ranking is a three-way tie between Crystal Ocean (GB), Enable (GB) and Waldgeist (FR). The third column from the left: designated CAT, refers to race distance: L = 10.51 - 13.5 furlongs (2101 - 2700 metres), there is code key at the bottom of their rankings page. To view the complete 2019 list of the worlds highest ranked racehorses please visit Longines Rankings . And to view the rankings for the Worlds' best racehorses from previous years please visit Longines search
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