The Swiss watchmaking brand Longines and the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA) were proud to distinguish the 2017 top racehorses and horse race during a ceremony held at the iconic Claridge's Hotel in London. On this occasion, the American colt Arrogate was awarded – for the second year in a row – the Longines World's Best Racehorse title with a rating of 134. The Australian mare Winx took second place with 132, followed by Cracksman (GB) and Gun Runner (USA), who were tied at 130. The 2017 Longines World's Best Horse Race went to the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, which was also the inaugural winner in 2015, with a 126.25 rating.
Longines and its long-time partner the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA) celebrated their common passion for horseracing with the very much-awaited Longines World's Best Racehorse and Longines World's Best Horse Race Awards Ceremony.
American Thoroughbred and 2016 Longines World's Best Racehorse Arrogate set himself apart again in 2017 with a rating of 134 and was given the prestigious Longines World's Best Racehorse Award for the second consecutive year. Incidentally, the watch brand Longines proudly timed his victory in the Dubai World Cup. Arrogate's owner Juddmonte Farms Inc., represented by Lord Teddy Grimthorpe, and trainer Bob Baffert were presented with a unique Longines watch and an iconic Longines Equus Crystal Vase.
Australian mare Winx, who occupied third place in 2016, was honored as the second highest-rated horse with a rating of 132 in 2017. Currently the richest horse in Australian history and the highest rated turf horse in the world, she won all nine of her starts in 2017. Winx's regular jockey, Hugh Bowman, claimed the 2017 Longines World's Best Jockey title, a recognition he received last December during the Longines Hong Kong International Races Gala Dinner.
Third place was taken by both Cracksman (GB) and Gun Runner (USA) with a rating of 130. Cracksman earned his rating in the QIPCO Champion Stakes, timed by Longines. His primary jockey, Frankie Dettori, received the Longines World's Best Jockey Award in 2015. Gun Runner's victories in 2017 include the Breeders' Cup Classic, a feat timed by the Swiss watch brand, the Official Timekeeper of the Breeders' Cup World Championships.
Additionally, the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe claimed the title of 2017 Longines World's Best Horse Race. France Galop President Edouard de Rothschild was in London to accept the award and was presented with an elegant Longines timepiece and a replica trophy representing a proud horse head. The first four finishers of the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe in 2017 were Enable, Cloth of Stars, Ulysses and Order of St George. The Arc was also the inaugural winner of the Longines World's Best Horse Race Award in 2015.
The Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings are determined by international handicappers according to the performance of horses around the world, while the Longines World's Best Horse Race Award recognizes the highest rated race of all the Group 1 international races, with the ratings of the top four finishers in each race serving as basis for the assessment.
Top 100 Group 1 Races Named
In association with the LONGINES World's Best Racehorse and LONGINES World's Best Horse Race Ceremony, the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities has published its annual list of top 100 Group 1 and Grade 1 races.
The ranked list is compiled using the annual race ratings, which are calculated based on the first four finishers in each race. LONGINES and the IFHA use this list to determine the winner of the annual LONGINES World's Best Horse Race Award.
The 2017 winner is the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, as it achieved a rating of 126.25. Held at Chantilly whilst Longchamp was under renovation, the Arc was won by European Horse of the Year Enable, while Cloth of Stars, Ulysses, and Order of St George rounded out the top four.
The remaining top 10 rated races are the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Sponsored by QIPCO (124.75), Dubai World Cup Sponsored by Emirates Airline (124.00), Breeders' Cup Classic (123.75), China Horse Club George Ryder Stakes (122.75), LONGINES Queen Elizabeth Stakes (122.00), Juddmonte International Stakes (121.75), Prince of Wales's Stakes (121.75), QIPCO Champion Stakes (121.75), Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby (121.50), and Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes (121.50).
The top rated races in the 5 respective distance categories are the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes (120.00-Sprint), China Horse Club George Ryder Stakes (122.75-Mile), Dubai World Cup Sponsored by Emirates Airline (124.00-Intermediate), Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (126.25-Long), and Tenno Sho (Spring) (121.25-Extended).
The highest rated race for fillies and mares is the Coolmore Fastnet Rock Matron Stakes (118.25), while the top 3-year-old race in the world is the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby (121.50).
Eleven countries comprise this year's list, representing the foremost racing events throughout the world across 39 different racecourses. Great Britain leads all countries with 24 total races, followed by Australia (22), United States (15), Japan (12), Hong Kong (9), France (6), Ireland (4), South Africa (3), United Arab Emirates (3), Germany (2), and Canada (1). Because of a three-way tie for the 99th spot on the list of Top 100 G1 races, the 2017 edition consists of 101 races.
In the context of their partnership, LONGINES and the IFHA have created a set of prizes rewarding racehorses, jockeys and prominent women and men of the equestrian world. The LONGINES World's Best Horse Race was created to complete this collection of awards by rewarding the top race in the world. The Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe was the inaugural winner in 2015, and the Breeders' Cup Classic won in 2016.
The top 100 Group 1 and Grade 1 races also serve as the base of an annual competition to recognize top jockeys throughout the world. The jockey who outperforms his or her peers in these races is honoured with the LONGINES World's Best Jockey Award. Hugh Bowman won the title in 2017, while Ryan Moore won the inaugural contest in 2014 as well as in 2016, and Frankie Dettori was crowned in 2015.
The 2018 LONGINES World's Best Jockey Award will be based upon performances in these 100 highest-rated Group 1 and Grade 1 races from 1 December 2017 until 30 November 2018. Jockeys accrue 12 points for a win, 6 points for placing second, and 4 points for placing third.
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