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A Partnership Is Signed Between The International Federation Of Horseracing Authorities And Longines

A Partnership Is Signed Between The International Federation Of Horseracing Authorities And Longines


On June 16 2013, at Chantilly, Louis ROMANET, IFHA Chairman and Walter von KÄNEL, President of the Swiss watchmaker LONGINES announced the signature of a long term partnership between the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA) and LONGINES.

According to this agreement, that will be applied from 1st June 2013, LONGINES becomes the Official Partner and the Official Watch of IFHA.

Furthermore,  LONGINES  will  become  as  well  the  official sponsor  of  the  “WORLD’S  BEST  RACEHORSES RANKINGS” classifying the top thoroughbred racehorses in the World, which is published about ten times a year by IFHA on its website (
The 2013 Ranking list, up to June 9th, has been published today.

IFHA and LONGINES will present an award to the owners of the top three racehorses of the year during the LONGINES Hong Kong International Races Gala reception in December 2013.

Additionally, an annual “LONGINES and IFHA International Award  of  Merit”  will  be  presented  to  an  outstanding international  personality  of  the  horseracing  industry  ;  it could  be  an  owner,  a  breeder,  a  trainer,  a  jockey  or  any person linked with the horseracing industry.

« LONGINES is very proud to become the Official Partner and the Official Watch of the IFHA. This partnership represents an important step in our involvement in equestrian sports. One of our first chronographs, produced in 1878, was already made for horseraces.
This agreement is true to our tradition and our passion in equestrian sports.

As we become as well the official sponsor of the “WORLD’S BEST RACEHORSES RANKINGS” », we support the very important work of the IFHA, that favours the standing of equestrian sports all around the world. »

Walter von Känel, President of LONGINES

« I am very pleased to have signed such an agreement with LONGINES which emphasises the role of the famous Swiss watchmaker as the very first partner of the worldwide horseracing industry.
Thanks to LONGINES, we will be able to increase the promotion of the best racehorses and to honour the personality who will have left his mark on the racing season at international level. »

Louis Romanet, IFHA Chairman 



The LONGINES  World’s  Best  Racehorses  Rankings  is horseracing’s equivalent to World Rankings by other major sporting  organizations  such  as  the  ATP  Tennis  Rankings, World Golf Rankings, FIFA World Rankings for soccer and IRB Rugby World Rankings.

The LONGINES Rankings are based on the ratings earned by horses running worldwide from North and South America, Europe, Middle East, South Africa, Asia through to Australia and New Zealand.

International Racing Festivals such as the Dubai World Cup (March), Royal Ascot (June), Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (October), Breeders’ Cup World Championships (November) and LONGINES Hong Kong International Races (December) provide the opportunity for horses to participate on a truly international stage.

The  LONGINES Rankings  are  compiled  under  the  auspices of The International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA) by racing officials & handicappers representing the five  continents  who  confer  with  their  colleagues  on  both national and international events.

The Ratings are based on the performance of horses in elite races held during the designated period taking into account the quality of opposition and achievements of each horse.

Throughout the year the LONGINES Rankings are published at regular intervals with the consolidated annual rankings released in January.

The annual rankings cover the full calendar year and denote the champions in the different categories, the distances for example sprint or mile, surfaces, turf or dirt/artificial, horse age and the special Fillies & Mares category.


Following the retirement of Frankel last October, the new leader in the rankings is the undefeated Australian mare BLACK CAVIAR (AUS) (130), trained by Peter Moody. This remarkable mare remained undefeated after twenty five starts being the Champion sprinter in the 2010, 2011 and 2012 World Thoroughbred Rankings. She retired from racing following three Group One victories in 2013.

Breeders’ Cup Mile winner WISE DAN (USA) (129) heads the mile category extended his winning sequence to six with two G1 victories in 2013.

The leading performers on dirt/artificial surface are Emirates Dubai World Cup winner ANIMAL KINGDOM (USA) (126) and GAME ON DUDE (USA) (126) undefeated on four starts in the USA since 1st  December.

The three year old generation enter in LONGINES Rankings this month headed by Qipco 2000 Guineas winner DAWN APPROACH (IRE) (125) trained for Godolphin by Jim Bolger in Ireland.

The other Classic 3yo’s winners which appear are MAGICIAN (IRE) (122), Tattersalls Irish 2000 Guineas), ORB (USA) (122), Kentucky Derby presented by YUM! BRANDS, INTELLO (GER) (120), Prix du Jockey Club and RULER OF THE WORLD (IRE) (120), Investec Derby.


The 2012 Rankings were headed by the remarkable and invincible FRANKEL (GB) (rated 140), owned by Khalid Abdullah, trained in GB by Sir Henry Cecil and undefeated in fourteen races being ridden throughout his career by Tom Queally.

He  was  followed  in  the  Rankings  by  three  exceptional  horses,  two  of  which the  French  trained  CIRRUS  DES  AIGLES  (FR)  (131)  and  Irish  trained EXCELEBRATION  (IRE)  (130)  who  were  both  beaten  by  Frankel  (GB).  The third the undefeated Australian filly BLACK CAVIAR (AUS) (130) was also the champion sprinter and continued her reign as Champion Filly & Mare.

Godolphin’s MONTEROSSO (GB) (126) earned the top spot for a performance on a dirt/artificial surface by winning the Emirates Dubai World Cup.

The Champion 3yo was the Doug O’Neill trained I’LL HAVE ANOTHER (USA) (125) who won two of the three legs of the US Triple Crown, Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes.

The full list of the LONGINES World Best Racehorse Rankings and previous annual World Thoroughbred Rankings are available on the IFHA website

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 130 countries.

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