2020 Longines World Racing Awards Announced

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Valerie Mellema
Valerie Mellema is a Staff writer for Horse Racing Radar
Tuesday, January 26, 2021

At 8am CT, the Longines World Racing Awards were announced. The company honored GHAIYYATH (IRE) with the honor of 2020 World's Best Racehorse. AUTHENTIC (USA) was second. 

GHAIYYATH, a 5-year-old, earned a rating of 130 in the Group 1 Juddmonte International Stakes. The Irish horse started his racing season in Dubai where he won the Dubai Millennium Stakes (G3), a 2000 meter race, in 2:00:33, setting a new track record for Meydan. He then went back to Europe to take the Coronation Cup Stakes (G1) and defeated ENABLE in the Coral-Eclipse (G1). ENABLE was the 2019 co-World's Best Racehorse. 

AUTHENTIC was rated second highest in the world earning his rating in the Breeders' Cup Classic. He set the track record at Keeneland with 1:59.60 in the 1 ΒΌ mile race. His rating makes him the highest rated dirt horse in the world for 2020 and the highest rated 3-year-old/ He was also the first horse since AMERICAN PHAROAH to win both the Kentucky Derby and the Classic in the same year. AMERICAN PHAROAH earned his wins in 2015. 

The World's Best Racehorse Rankings are established by international handicappers. In 2019, CRYSTAL OCEAN (GB), ENABLE (GB) and WALDGEIST (FR) were all named "co-winners" of the title. 

The awards also named the World's Best Jockey of the year to Frankie Dettori. He has won the title four times, three of those consecutive. The award is based on his performances in the 100 highest-rated Group 1 and Grade 1 races as established for the year by the World's Best Racehorse Rankings Committee. 

The Juddmonte International Stakes (G1) was awarded the 2020 World's Best Horse Race with a rating of 125.25. The race is held at York Racecourse in England. This is the first time an English race has won the award. The Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe in France won the award in 2015, 2017, 2018 and 2019. In 2016, the Breeders' Cup Classic took the title. 

For the first time, the awards were held entirely virtual this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The awards are co-organized by Longines, the Swiss watch brand, and the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA). It was hosted at the National Horse Racing Museum in Newmarket, England and hosted by Francesca Cumani. 


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