The 2017 Longines World's Best Racehorse and Longines World's Best Horse Race Ceremony will be held on 23 January 2018 in London, England. As in prior years, Longines and the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA) have selected Claridge's as the venue.
The ceremony, the fifth of its kind, will honour the three highest-rated horses in the Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings as well as the Longines World's Best Horse Race. The Longines World's Best Horse Race became part of the ceremony in 2015, when France's Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe was named the inaugural winner.
Last year, Arrogate (USA) was honored as the Longines World's Best Racehorse, while the Breeders' Cup Classic, which was won by Arrogate, became the second winner of the Longines World's Best Horse Race award.
The most recent Longines rankings have Arrogate on top this year once again, based on his performance in the Dubai World Cup, followed by Australia's Winx, winner of 22 consecutive races. Gun Runner's Breeders' Cup Classic performance moved him into fourth place, based on the ratings that determine the rankings.
The Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings are established by international handicappers according to the performance of the horses in top races. The highest rated race is determined by averaging the rankings of the first four placed horses. The full list and further information on the Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings are both available on the IFHA website.
The trophy celebrating the Longines World's Best Racehorse is a crystal vase named Equus, whereas the Longines World's Best Horse Race trophy represents a proud horse head. Every year, the trophies are engraved with the name of the Longines World's Best Racehorse and Horse Race respectively, and the representatives of the winners are presented with an elegant Longines watch.
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