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Juddmonte International crowned 2020 World's Best Race

The Gr.1 Juddmonte International at York has been crowned the 2020 Longines World’s Best Race, following an announcement by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities.

The Juddmonte International is the flagship race at York racecourse and the feature of the opening day of the Ebor Festival. It has been sponsored by Juddmonte since 1989.

The accolade was granted after the Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings Committee analysed the provisional ratings of the first four horses past the post. The Committee concluded that the star horses - Ghaiyyath, Magical, Lord North and Kameko - combined to provide the strongest race in the world for 2020.

Bridget Guerin, Chairman of York Racecourse said: “York is particularly grateful to the late Prince Khalid and Juddmonte whose support of the race for over 30 years meant another world-class field assembled on the Knavesmire in 2020. I am delighted that the ratings have now confirmed what we felt at the time - that the Juddmonte International is the best race in the world."

The announcement of the race's 'world's best' status came on the same day that two Kingman colts were confirmed as the highest-rated European 3YO (Palace Pier) and the world’s highest-rated medium distance older horse (Persian King).