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Top honour for injured Irishman.

Ill-fated Irish colt Fasliyev has been crowned Europe's top two-year-old of 1999.

The unbeaten Aidan O'Brien youngster, whose career was ended by injury after his second Group One win in the Prix Morny in August, was rated 125 in the international classification. That put him 5lb clear of stable-companion Giants Causeway and Dewhurst Stakes winner Distant Music.

O'Brien supplied six of the top 12, with Rossini rated 118, Brahms 117 and Aristotle and Bernstein both 116. Honours as top two-year-old filly were shared between French pair Goldamix and Lady of Chad and Irish-based Preseli, all rated just 113.

Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner Montjeu topped the three-year-old lists on 135, 12lb clear of Oath whose mark of 123 was 4lb lower than the average Derby winner of the 1990s.

Victories in the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes, Irish Champion Stakes and Breeders' Cup Turf made Daylami the top older horse. Rated 112 at two, 122 at three and 123 at four, Godolphin's colt won a mark of 135 for 1999.

TOP TWO-YEAR-OLDS: 125 Fasliyev (A O'Brien, Ire); 120 Distant Music (B Hills), Giant's Causeway (A O'Brien, Ire); 119 City On a Hill (D Loder, Fr); 118 Primo Valentino (P Harris), Rossini (A O'Brien, Ire); 117 Brahms (A O'Brien, Ire), Fath (M Tregoning); 117 Warm Heart (J Gosden).

TOP TWO-YEAR-OLD FILLIES: 113 Goldamix (C Laffon-Parias, Fr), Lady of Chad (R Gibson, Fr) Preseli (M Grassick, Ire); 112 Halland Park Girl (R Hannon), Morning Pride (A Fabre, Fr), Seazun (M Channon).

TOP THREE-YEAR-OLDS: 135 Montjeu (J Hammond, Fr); 127 Dubai Millennium (S bin Suroor), Sendawar (A de Royer-Dupre, Fr), Stravinsky (A O'Brien, Ire).

TOP OLDER HORSES: 135 Daylami (S bin Suroor); 134 El Condor Pasa (Y Ninomiya, Japan); 132 Royal Anthem (H Cecil); 130 Artax (L Albertrani, USA); 127 Victory Gallop (W Elliott Walden, USA).
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