Friday, December 08, 2023Contact: Andrew Chesser
Ryan Moore secures Longines World's Best Jockey title for the fourth time

Hong Kong (Hong Kong) / Saint-Imier (Switzerland), December 8, 2023 - Celebrating an exceptional racing season, the accomplished English jockey Ryan Moore clinched the Longines World's Best Jockey title for the fourth time. This prestigious recognition unfolded at the Longines Hong Kong International Races Gala Dinner on December 8, 2023.

At the age of 40, Ryan Moore's illustrious career includes numerous victories that have solidified his status as one of the greatest jockeys of his time. This season, his prowess was on full display, making him the undisputed Longines World's Best Jockey once again, following his victories in 2014, 2016, and 2021.

With eight triumphs in the world's top 100 Group/Grade 1 races, Moore amassed 156 points. His qualifying victories came in the Longines Hong Kong Sprint (Wellington), Tattersalls Gold Cup (Luxembourg), Betfred Derby (Auguste Rodin), St James's Palace Stakes (Paddington), Coral-Eclipse (Paddington), Qatar Sussex Stakes (Paddington), Royal Bahrain Irish Champion Stakes (Auguste Rodin), and Longines Breeders' Cup Turf (Auguste Rodin).

“I am very fortunate,” said Moore. “I get to ride some really good horses for great owners and trainers. When I started, the aim was to ride in the best races on the best horses. That’s what it really is always about.”

The Gala Dinner, held at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre this Friday, was the ideal occasion for honouring Moore as the 2023 Longines World’s Best Jockey.

In recognition, Moore was presented with an elegant Longines timepiece from Longines Vice President Marketing Bernardo Tribolet and the iconic crystal vase by Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges, Chair of the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA).

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 December 1st of the previous year until November 30th 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 in 2014 by Swiss watch brand Longines and the IFHA to recognise a jockey as the best among global peers. It marked the first time a rider was honoured in such a way. Previous winners include Hugh Bowman, Frankie Dettori, and James McDonald.

About Longines

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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About IFHA

The IFHA is the global leader for the international sport of Thoroughbred racing, seeking to promote all facets of the worldwide sport; protect the welfare of the equine and human athlete; and protect and grow its global social and economic significance for current and future generations.

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
    • The fight against Equine Prohibited Substances and Practices
    • Harmonization of Racing Rules
    • Certification of IFHA Reference Labs
    • 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 (WOAH).

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