Ghaiyyath is officially the best horse in the world after his incredible performance in last week’s Juddmonte International at York.
Owned by the familiar Godolphin, he was electric once again when last seen, leading from start to finish to win on the Knavesmire which was his third consecutive Group 1 win this term.
Up there with the very best
That run awarded him with a Racing Post Rating of 131, which moves him level with Cracksman and just a pound less than Golden Horn’s best run which came in the 2015 Coral-Eclipse at Sandown.
Dominic Gardiner-Hill, head of handicapping at the BHA also rated his run extremely highly, and ended up giving Ghaiyyath a mark of 130 and was quoted saying that the horse is “now responsible for the two best performances in the world this year”, and that “his new mark has been bettered in that race this century by only seven-length winners Frankel (140) and Sakhee (133)”.
Is he Arc-bound?
So what next for this superstar? His trainer Charlie Appleby has yet to confirm where he would be targeted at the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in October, where the five-year-old is currently a 6-1 chance behind Love and Enable.
He may end up running at Ascot instead later in the month and it would be slightly concerning that he ran an absolute shocker in the Arc last term. However, he does look a different beast this year and it would spice up the race greatly if he did turn up.
Let us not forget what he has achieved this year thus far, beating unbelievable opposition in Enable and Magical having to concede weight to two of the best mares on the planet.