The International Federation of Horseracing Authorities has published its top 100 Group 1 and Grade 1 races based on the 2015 editions of each race. The ranked list is compiled using the annual race ratings, which is an average of the LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings ratings of the first four placed horses.
Going forward, this list of the top 100 Group/Grade 1 races for a single year will serve as the basis for both the Longines World’s Best Horse Race and Longines World’s Best Jockey awards.
The LONGINES World’s Best Jockey is an annual competition to recognize top jockeys throughout the world. The jockey who outperforms his or her peers in these races will next be honoured in December, while the 2016 LONGINES World’s Best Horse Race will be crowned at a ceremony in January 2017.
France’s Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, which was the inaugural winner of the LONGINES World’s Best Horse Race, sits in the top spot with a rating of 126.00. Last year, Europe’s Horse of the Year Golden Horn won the revered race, while Flintshire, New Bay, and Treve rounded out the top four.
The remaining top 10 rated races from 2015 are the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (125.00), Breeders’ Cup Classic (124.75), Belmont Stakes Presented by Draftkings (123.75), QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes (123.50), Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud (123.00), Juddmonte International (122.25), Travers Stakes (122.25), LONGINES Breeders’ Cup Turf (122.00), Dubai Sheema Classic Presented by LONGINES (121.75), LONGINES Hong Kong Cup (121.75), and Tattersall Gold Cup (121.75). The last three races tied for the final spot in the top 10.
Eleven countries comprise the 2015 list of top 100 races. The United States of America leads all countries with 23 total races, followed by Australia (22), Great Britain (15), Hong Kong (10), France (9), Japan (9), Ireland (4), United Arab Emirates (4), South Africa (2), Germany (1), and Singapore (1).
The LONGINES World’s Best Jockey Award incorporates races from 1 December of last year until 30 November of this year. Jockeys accrue 12 points for a win, 6 points for placing second, and 4 points for placing third. The next LONGINES World’s Best Horse Race winner will be based off of the equivalent list for 2016.
The current scoring for the Longines World’s Best Jockey Award, the top 100 Group 1 and Grade 1 races, schedule and results can be found at ifhaonline.org.