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No place for “alternative facts”

Simon Rowlands reports and analyses the evidence-based assessments given by the handicappers for the Longines World Best Racehorse Rankings

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he world at large seems a very different place from the one we knew a year ago. Things that once seemed certain are now anything, but, and we have moved to a “post-truth” society and have “had enough of experts”, according to some anyway. Fortunately, such developments have made only small inroads in the sport of horseracing, which tends to be unforgiving – at the betting

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window, on the racetrack and in the breeding shed – of those who ignore evidence in favour of flights of fancy. In a head-to-head between “alternative facts” and the evidence-based opinions of experts, the latter are very likely to win out where it matters. But that is not to say that those experts’ opinions should be exempt from scrutiny. The evidence-based opinions of experts is what informs the Longines-sponsored

World’s Best Racehorse Rankings, a collective attempt by official handicappers from around the world to apply performance assessments to elite horses and races. The rankings are updated regularly, but gain highest prominence when attempting to define the year that has just gone. The latest unveiling of the annual WBRRs, covering 2016, took place in London in January. In general terms, there is much to be applauded and little to be denounced

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