Wednesday, December 01, 2021Contact: Andrew Chesser
Ryan Moore Reclaims Longines World’s Best Jockey Title

After winning six different qualifying races on five different horses in four different countries, Ryan Moore has won the title of 2021 Longines World’s Best Jockey. The European-based rider dominated the standings for most of the year en route to winning the competition for the third time. Moore also was named the Longines World’s Best Jockey in 2014 and 2016.
In 2021, Moore won six of the world’s Top 100 Group or Grade 1 races, with his qualifying victories coming in the LONGINES Hong Kong Vase (Mogul), Al Quoz Sprint Sponsored by Azizi Developments (Extravagant Kid), Prince of Wales's Stakes (Love), Diamond Jubilee Stakes (Dream of Dreams), Coral-Eclipse (St Mark’s Basilica), and Irish Champion Stakes (St Mark’s Basilica).

The scoring process rewards jockeys for finishing in the top three, giving Moore a total of 112 points on the year. William Buick was a close second with 104 points, while James McDonald ended the year in third with 96 points. No other jockey in the world scored above 68 points.
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. 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.
Now a three-time winner of the competition, Moore was the inaugural recipient of the Longines World’s Best Jockey Award, which was established in 2014. Only Frankie Dettori, a four-time winner, has won the title more often. Additionally, Hugh Bowman took the title in 2017. Moore will be honoured in mid-January when the 2021 Longines World’s Best Racehorse and Longines World’s Best Horse Race winners are announced.
The full and final standings for the 2021 Longines World’s Best Jockey competition can be found at
The Longines World’s Best Jockey Award was established eight years ago by Swiss watch brand 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 rider was honoured in such a way.

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Based in Saint-Imier, Switzerland since 1832, Longines watchmakers enjoy an expertise steeped in tradition, elegance and performance. With generations of experience as the official timekeeper for world championships, and as a partner of international sports federations, Longines has created strong and long-lasting relationships in the world of sports, over the years. Known for the elegance of its timepieces, Longines is a member of Swatch Group Ltd., the world’s leading watchmaker. The Longines brand, with its winged hourglass emblem, is established in over 150 countries.

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    • The fight against Equine Prohibited Substances and Practices
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