There proved to be no separating Crystal Ocean, Enable and Waldgeist as the trio were jointly named the World’s Best Racehorse at the Longines Awards at the Landmark Hotel in London on Wednesday.

All three were given a mark of 128 off the back of their performances throughout 2019.

Crystal Ocean’s rating was gained thanks to his storming success in the Group 1 Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot and his close second to Enable in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

Sir Evelyn de Rothschild, owner-breeder of Crystal Ocean, said when accepting the award: “My sister Renee Robeson ran the breeding side for many years and I ran the racing side.

“Our stud has been in existence for over 200 years. It is a very proud moment. Among the many horses that my grandfather and father have bred, this horse is one of the greatest of them all.

“I also want to pay congratulations to my wonderful trainer Sir Michael Stoute who is not here today.

“Crystal Ocean is probably one of the most consistent horses I’ve ever known. He always tried and always succeeded in getting up among the first three.”

On what appeared to be her swansong at a UK track, Prince Khalid Abdullah’s wondermare Enable was awarded a mark of 128 after she was a runaway winner of the Group 1 Yorkshire Oaks in August.

Enable returns to the racetrack as a six-year-old this year when she will bid for a historic third victory in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.

Enable’s conqueror in the 2019 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, Waldgeist, was also rated 128.

Andreas Jacobs of Newsells Park Stud, who co-bred the son of Galileo with Dietrich von Boetticher, said: “I have to salute my father [Klaus] who bought his grandam, Waldmark, as a foal.

“She was the first horse bought for Newsells Park Stud. The Arc was a race I dreamt to win when I was five or six years old and it just made the season exceptional.”

Beauty Generation’s Hong Kong exploits earned him a mark of 127 while the quartet of Battaash, Ghaiyyath, Lys Gracieux and Vino Rosso were awarded a rating of 126.

The Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe was named the World’s Best Horse Race for the fourth time since the award was first presented in 2015.