|Thursday, February 20, 2014||Contact: Andrew Chesser|
|IFHA Announces Co-Chairmen of the Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings Committee|
Louis ROMANET, the Chairman of the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA), today announced the appointment of Phil SMITH, Head of Handicapping for the British Horseracing Authority, as co-chairman of the LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings Committee, replacing Garry O’GORMAN, Senior Flat Handicapper for the Irish Turf Club who has decided to stand down after serving six years in the position. Nigel GRAY, Head of Handicapping and Race Planning for The Hong Kong Jockey Club will remain in his current capacity as co-chairman.
Both gentlemen will serve a 3-year term that commenced 1 February 2014.
“One of the key objectives of the IFHA is to promote horse racing throughout the world and as such the Federation publishes the LONGINES World's Best Racehorse Rankings,” ROMANET said. “The development and interest in the Rankings would not have been possible without the contribution of Garry O’GORMAN and we thank him for his time as co-chairman of the LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings Committee. I am confident that under the leadership of Nigel GRAY and Phil SMITH, the LONGINES World's Best Racehorse Rankings will continue to be the global standard for rating the best horses in our sport.”
The LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings Committee is responsible for the compilation of the LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings that are published by the IFHA. The 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. In 2013, BLACK CAVIAR (AUS)  and TREVE (FR)  topped the year-end 2013 LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings and were honoured as the joint top rated horses at the first LONGINES WORLD’S BEST RACEHORSE CEREMONY held during the LONGINES Hong Kong International Races on 6 December 2013.
Further information on the LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings is available on the IFHA website, ifhaonline.org.
The first edition of the 2014 LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings will be published on Thursday 13 March 2014.
For further details, please contact:
Andrew Chesser, Deputy Secretary General, IFHA
Manager, Registration Services, The Jockey Club (USA)
Telephone +1 859 224 2741