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|Longines World Racing Awards Return to London|
The 2022 Longines World Racing Awards will be held in-person on 17 January 2023 in London, England. The event, which is organised by the Swiss watch brand Longines and the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA), will take place at Banqueting House. This year marked the 400th anniversary of the building, which is one of the Historic Royal Palaces and is the only surviving portion of the lost Palace of Whitehall.
“Over the past year racing fans have been thrilled by some remarkable athletic performances across the globe,” said Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges, Chair of the IFHA. “Together with our partner Longines, the International Federation is excited to honour those horses which have excelled on the world stage through our World’s Best Racehorse Awards and to also celebrate the World’s Best Horse Race.”
The ceremony, now in its 10th year, will honour the highest-rated horses in the 2022 Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings as well as the Longines World’s Best Horse Race. Knicks Go (USA), who raced in the United States and was campaigned by the Korea Racing Authority (KRA), was celebrated as the 2021 Longines World’s Best Racehorse in the previous edition, while the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, which was won by Torquator Tasso (GER), won the title of Longines World’s Best Horse Race.
The Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings are established by international handicappers according to the performance of the horses in top races. The highest rated race is determined by averaging the rankings of the first four placed horses. The full list and further information on the Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings are both available on the IFHA website http://www.ifhaonline.org.
The trophy celebrating the Longines World’s Best Racehorse is a crystal vase named Equus, whereas the Longines World’s Best Horse Race trophy represents a proud horse head. Every year, the trophies are engraved with the name of the Longines World’s Best Racehorse and Horse Race respectively, and the representatives of the winners are presented with an elegant Longines timepieces.
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 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:
• 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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