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|Longines World’s Best Racehorse Ceremony to be Live Streamed|
Longines and the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA) will provide a live video stream of the 2015 Longines World’s Best Racehorse and Longines World’s Best Horse Race Ceremony, which will be held on 19 January 2016.
The ceremony is set to take place in London, England at the iconic hotel Claridge’s and will begin at 1:10 GMT/8:10 EST. The live video stream will be available at both www.longines.com and www.ifhaonline.org.
This will mark the third ceremony honouring the Longines World’s Best Racehorse. Japan’s Just A Way was honoured for 2014, while Australia’s Black Caviar and France’s Treve were jointly named as the world’s co-highest rated racehorse for 2013. New to the ceremony is the Longines World’s Best Horse Race, which will be awarded for the first time.
The creation of the Longines World’s Best Horse Race Award was announced in October during the International Conference of the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities. It will recognize 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 over the past three years serve as basis for the assessment.
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 2015 rankings will be revealed on the day, American Pharoah has led the rankings for the majority of the year, following his Triple Crown and Breeders’ Cup Classic triumphs, while European Horse of the Year Golden Horn has held the second position.
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.
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