|Tuesday, January 17, 2017||Contact: Andrew Chesser|
|Longines World’s Best Racehorse & Longines World's Best Horse Race Ceremony to be Live Streamed|
Longines and the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA) will provide a live video stream of the Longines World’s Best Racehorse and Longines World’s Best Horse Race Ceremony, which will be held on 24 January 2017.
The ceremony is returning to the iconic hotel Claridge’s in London, England, and it will begin at 13:30 GMT/8:30 EST. The live video stream will be available at both longines.com and ifhaonline.org.
This will be the fourth ceremony honouring the Longines World’s Best Racehorse. For 2015, American Pharoah was honoured after sweeping the American Triple Crown and the Breeders’ Cup Classic. Japan’s Just A Way was the highest rated horse of 2014, while Australia’s Black Caviar and France’s Treve were jointly celebrated in 2013.
Additionally, the Longines World’s Best Horse Race will be awarded for the second time. The Longines World’s Best Horse Race Award recognizes the best-rated race of the 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 serve as basis for the assessment. France’s Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe was the inaugural winner.
The Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings are established by international handicappers according to the performance of the horses in elite races. While the final 2016 rankings will be revealed during the ceremony, Arrogate’s performance in the Breeders’ Cup Classic vaulted him above veterans California Chrome (USA) and Winx (AUS) in the November rankings.
The connections of the winning horse will be presented with an elegant Longines watch and a replica of the vase of the Longines World’s Best Racehorse. The original vase, on which the names of the winning horses are engraved, can now be seen at the Longines Boutique on Oxford Street in London.
Passionate about horse racing since 1878, Longines is proud to be the Official Partner and Official Watch of IFHA, and to lend its name to the Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings. The long-term partnership between Longines and the IFHA has seen the establishment of a prestigious set of awards aimed to honour the excellence of horseracing. The Longines World’s Best Racehorse Award, the Longines and IFHA International Award of Merit, and the Longines World’s Best Jockey Award respectively pay tribute to the racehorses, personalities, and jockeys who excel at the highest level of the sport.
Longines has been based at Saint-Imier in Switzerland since 1832. Its watchmaking expertise reflects a strong devotion to tradition, elegance and performance. Longines has generations of experience as official timekeeper of world championships and as partner of international sports federation. Known for the elegance of its timepieces, Longines is a member of the Swatch Group Ltd, the World’s leading manufacturer of horological products. With the winged hourglass as its emblem, the brand has outlets in over 150 countries.
For further information please contact:
Longines International Public Relations
2610 Saint-Imier, Switzerland
The International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA) is the world peak body for the international sport of Thoroughbred racing. Its members are the national racing authorities across the globe which stage Thoroughbred races.
Major areas of the IFHA’s activities include:
• Making and amending the International Agreement on Breeding, Racing and Wagering (the IABRW)
• Policy development relating to welfare and safety of horses and riders
• International Race Planning and Grading (“black type”)
• World Rankings
• Equine Prohibited Substances and Practices
• Harmonization of Race Day Rules
• Fostering commercial development of the racing industry globally
The IFHA is a foundation member with Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) of the International Horse Sports Confederation and is affiliated to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).
For further details, please contact:
Secretary General, International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA)
Telephone +1 859 224 2741