In the context of this partnership, Longines and the IFHA have created a set of prizes rewarding racehorses, jockeys and prominent women and men of the equestrian world. To complete this collection of awards, Longines and the IFHA announced today the creation of the Longines World’s Best Horse Race award. The first Longines World’s Best Horse Race award will be presented, alongside the Longines World’s Best Racehorse award, during a ceremony held in London in January 2016.
The Longines World's Best Horse Race will recognize the best-rated race of the 100 highest-rated Group 1 international races as established for the year by a panel of international handicappers. The ratings of the top four finishers in each race over the past three years serve as basis for the assessment.
Vice-President and Head of International Marketing of Longines Juan-Carlos Capelli said: “In the same spirit as the Longines Best World’s Racehorse Award and Longines World’s Best Jockey Award, this event will honor a race where the commonly held values of Longines and the IFHA, namely tradition, elegance, and performance, are best highlighted.”
“We are delighted to extend our partnership with Longines and look forward to further collaborating on promoting and recognizing the very best of horseracing,” said IFHA Chairman, Louis Romanet. “The commitment of Longines to showcase our sport on a global stage benefits all racing stakeholders and participants, and for that we are tremendously grateful."