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Co-organized by Swiss watch brand Longines and the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA), the ninth edition of the Longines World Racing Awards honoured the top Thoroughbred racehorses, horse race, and jockey of the previous year. From the National Horse Racing Museum in Newmarket, England, presenter Francesca Cumani revealed that the title of 2021 Longines World’s Best Racehorse belonged to Knicks Go (USA), while the 2021 Longines World’s Best Horse Race was the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (G1) in France. During the ceremony, Ryan Moore was also celebrated as the 2021 Longines World’s Best Jockey. Knicks Go finished 2021 on a rating of 129, which was the highest in the world. He earned that rating in the Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) in his final start of the year. Knicks Go began his season by taking the Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes (G1) last January, and he added additional victories in the Whitney Stakes (G1), Prairie Meadows Cornhusker Handicap (G3), and Lukas Classic Stakes (G3) before his dominant win at the Breeders’ Cup World Championships. There was a three-way tie for second between Europe’s Adayar (IRE), Mishriff (IRE), and St Mark’s Basilica (FR), who all finished 2021 on a rating of 127. Adayar earned his rating in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Qipco Stakes (G1); Mishriff achieved that mark with his victory in the Juddmonte International Stakes (G1); and St Mark’s Basilica received his rating from having won the Coral-Eclipse (G1). %break%The Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings are established by international handicappers according to the performance of the horses in top races. The Longines World Racing Awards celebrated the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (G1), held at ParisLongchamp in France, as the 2021 Longines World’s Best Horse Race with a rating of 124.75. This award recognizes the best-rated race of the highest-rated Group 1 international races as established by a panel of international handicappers. The ratings of the top four finishers in each race serve as basis for the assessment. This is the fifth time the Arc has won the award, with additional recognition coming in 2015, 2017, 2018, and 2019. America’s Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) won in 2016, while England’s Juddmonte International Stakes (G1) took the title in 2020. During the ceremony, Ryan Moore was also honoured as the Longines World’s Best Jockey of the year. The awarding of the Longines World’s Best Jockey title is based upon performances in the 100 highest-rated Group 1 and Grade 1 races as established for the year by the Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings Committee. Moore also was named the Longines World’s Best Jockey in 2014 and 2016. To rewatch the show and discover new exclusive contents, visit our social media platforms: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | YouTube
The President of UAE Show Jumping Cup was staged as the first leg of the Longines FEI Jumping Nations CupTM 2022 from January 19 to 23 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. As the Presenting Partner, Official Timekeeper and Official Watch of this esteemed event, Longines further underlined its support for the showjumping elite and witnessed many mesmerizing sports moments where the leading riders displayed consistency and class in their stellar performances. On Sunday January 23, the Longines FEI Jumping Nations CupTM saw Team Ireland brimming with power and precision and winning the first leg of the series in Abu Dhabi. The team consisting of Shane Breen on Z7 Ipswich, Jack Ryan on BBS McGregor, David Simpson on Foudre F and Trevor Breen on Highland President led the way on the podium and celebrated their momentous victory alongside Team UAE and Team UK who finished second and third. To recognize the unparalleled precision of the winning team, Longines rewarded these outstanding riders with refined timepieces. %break%To further extend its support for the prominent riders at the event, Longines was also proud to present the President Cup of the UAE Grand Prix that took place on Friday January 21, where Shane Breen on Z7 Ipswich emerged at the forefront of victory and brought home the coveted President Cup of the UAE Grand Prix. With pure focus and absolute determination, Abdullah Alsharbatly on Hunter C and Khaled Abdulrahman Almobty on Grunnerger Kwiebus were up against this great challenge and finished second and third in this thrilling competition. Shane Breen received a Longines timepiece for his marvelous performance and scintillating display. On this occasion, Longines was proud to present the Official Watch of the event, a moonphase model for women from The Longines Master Collection. A consummate display of elegance, character and purity, this masterpiece of The Longines Master Collection is both feminine and technical, showcasing the brand’s success in incorporating the aesthetic codes and watchmaking complications into one meticulously designed creation. With its elegant appeal and technical sophistication, this timepiece is the vivacious blend of classic elegance and watchmaking tradition.