Italian-born, British-based jockey Frankie Dettori, who is known for his distinctive "flying dismounts", clinched a second Longines World’s Best Jockey title in recognition of his remarkable achievements throughout the 2018 racing season. He was recognised at a ceremony held during the Longines Hong Kong International Races Gala dinner on 7 December 2018, at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre. Walter von Känel, President of Longines and Louis Romanet, Chairman of the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA), presented Dettori with an elegant 18k rose gold Longines timepiece from The Saint-Imier Collection as well as a crystal vase. Showing his versatility, Dettori won eight of the world’s Top 100 Group or Grade 1 races aboard five different horses this year. His qualifying victories, seven of which were timed by Longines, came in the Prix Ganay - Prix de l'Inauguration de ParisLongchamp (Cracksman), Investec Coronation Cup (Cracksman), St James's Palace Stakes (Without Parole), Gold Cup (Stradivarius), Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Enable), QIPCO Champion Stakes (Cracksman), Breeders’ Cup Mile (Expert Eye), and Longines Breeders' Cup Turf (Enable). The scoring process rewards jockeys for finishing in the top three, giving Dettori a total of 128 points over the year. Second place went to Oisin Murphy, who finished with 114 points, while Ryan Moore was third with 112 points. Dettori joins Moore as a two-time winner of the Longines World’s Best Jockey Award, which was established in 2014. Moore won in the inaugural year and in 2016, while Hugh Bowman was honoured last year. The awarding of the Longines World’s Best Jockey 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. The scoring incorporates races from 1 December of the previous year until 30 November of the current year. Jockeys accrue 12 points for a win, 6 points for placing second, and 4 points for placing third. The Longines World’s Best Jockey Award was established five years ago by Longines and the IFHA as a way to quantitatively recognise a jockey as the best among his or her global peers. It marked the first time a jockey was honoured in such a way.
Held in the very heart of Hong Kong, at Happy Valley Racecourse, the Longines International Jockeys’ Championship consists of four races fiercely contested by twelve world-class jockeys representing their countries or regions. The jockey accumulating the biggest score is thus crowned the winner of the championship. With 34 points points, Silvestre de Sousa (representing the UK) won the competition, taking home the first prize and a Longines timepiece. Colin Keane finished second with 16 points, followed by Javier Castellano with 12 points. As the Title Partner and Official Timekeeper of the Longines International Jockeys’ Championship, the Swiss watch brand was proud to present the Conquest V.H.P. “Very High Precision” collection as the Official Watch of the event. Representing a new achievement in the field of quartz, this line combines great precision, high technicality and a sporty look, marked by the brand’s unique elegance. All pieces in this collection are equipped with an exclusive movement renowned for its high degree of precision for an analog watch (± 5 seconds/year) and its ability to reset its hands after an impact or exposure to a magnetic field. These attractive features are likely responsible for its exceptional movement status, to which a very long battery life and a perpetual calendar must be added.
As the end of the year approaches, the enthusiasm for the Longines Hong Kong International Races grows! All horse racing fans await this prestigious event, and will surely flock to the Sha Tin Racecourse on December 9, 2018. Also known as the “turf world championships”, the Longines Hong Kong International Races is composed of four iconic races: the Longines Hong Kong Cup (run over a distance of 2,000 m) for a prize money HK$28,000k, the Longines Hong Kong Mile (1,600 m) for a prize of HK$25,000k, the Longines Hong Kong Sprint (1,200 m) for a prize of HK$20,000k, and the Longines Hong Kong Vase (2,400 m) for a prize of HK$20,000k.The total prize money for the Hong Kong International Races is HK$93,000k. The event is a perfect illustration of Longines’ long time involvement in timekeeping and equestrian sports. A link that began as early as 1878, when the Swiss Watchmaking brand created a new mechanical chronograph, adorned with an engraved horse and jockey. This exceptional pocket watch was the first of many milestones in a long history between the Longines brand and equestrian sports. The Longines Hong Kong International Races are a true example of the values that Longines strives to represent, from the pursuit of exceptional performances to a timeless elegance and a strong sense of tradition. Discover the Longines Conquest V.H.P Watches The Longines Hong Kong International Races will be the perfect occasion to discover the Official Watch Collection of the event: the Longines Conquest V.H.P. This series of sporty and elegant watches represents a new achievement in the field of Quartz, combining great precision, high technicality and a sporty look . 63 years after the launch of the first Conquest watch and its first quartz clock, Longines is revisiting one of its success stories of the 80s: the Conquest V.H.P (Very High Precision). The Conquest V.H.P collection models display blue, carbon, silver or black dials with a stainless steel bracelet finished with a triple safety folding clasp and push-piece opening mechanism. The Conquest V.H.P has positioned itself as the watch by excellence for whomever wants to combine the extreme precision of a Quartz watch with the unique elegance of Longines brand. Discover the Official Watch Collection Last year, the Longines Hong Kong International Races brought once again a thrilling conclusion to an exceptional year of flat racing, with a record 90,000 spectators who enjoyed the performances of horses and jockeys from all over the world. The winners of the four races were awarded with trophies, as well as elegant Longines timepieces. Once again this year, the excitement is set to reach its peak as Hongkongese and international horses and jockeys compete in one of the world’s great racing occasions. In attendance of the event will be Jung Woo-Sung, Longines Ambassador of Elegance, who will reward the most stylish woman at the races with the Longines Prize for Elegance. Discover the Ambassador