Ghaaiyaath was named Longines ‘2020 World’s Best Racehorse’ when the virtual awards were released on Tuesday evening.

Best jockey was Frankie Dettori for the third year in succession.

LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings

Leading Horses

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Rank

Horse

Rating

Trained

1

GHAIYYATH (IRE)

130

GB

2

AUTHENTIC (USA)

126

USA

3

ADDEYBB (IRE)

125

GB

3

BIVOUAC (AUS)

125

AUS

3

CLASSIQUE LEGEND (AUS)

125

AUS

3

PALACE PIER (GB)

125

GB

3

PERSIAN KING (IRE)

125

FR

3

STRADIVARIUS (IRE)

125

GB

3

TIZ THE LAW (USA)

125

USA

 

Ghaiyyath earned his rating of 130 in the Juddmonte International Stakes, which also was honored as the 2020 Longines World’s Best Horse Race.

Ghaiyyath started his season in Dubai, taking the Dubai Millennium Stakes Sponsored by Jaguar at Meydan. The then 5-year-old completed the 2,000-meter race in 2:00:33, setting a new track record in the process. Following his victory in Dubai, the champion returned to Europe to win the Group 1 Hurworth Bloodstock Coronation Cup Stakes in his next start and defeated 2019 co-Longines World’s Best Racehorse Enable in the Group 1 Coral-Eclipse.

The second highest rated horse in the world in 2020, Authentic, earned his 126 rating in the Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic, where he set a track record by completing the 1 ¼-mile race in 1:59.60. Authentic’s rating makes him the highest rated dirt horse in the world for 2020 as well as the highest rated 3-year-old. Authentic also was the first  horse since 2015 Longines World’s Best Racehorse American Pharoah to win the Kentucky Derby and Breeders’ Cup Classic in the same year.

The Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings are established by international handicappers according to the performance of the horses in top races. In the previous edition, Crystal Ocean , Enable, and Waldgeist were celebrated as the joint winners of the 2019 Longines World’s Best Racehorse title.

The 2020 Longines World Racing Awards also celebrated Frankie Dettori as the Longines World’s Best Jockey of the year. Dettori is the only four-time winner of the title, which was established in 2014, and he has now won it three consecutive times. The awarding of the Longines World’s Best Jockey title is based upon performances in the 100 highest-rated Group 1 and Grade 1 races as established for the year by the Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings Committee.

Additionally, Longines and the IFHA were delighted to celebrate the Juddmonte International Stakes, held at York Racecourse in England, as the 2020 Longines World’s Best Horse Race with a rating of 125.25. The Longines World’s Best Horse Race Award recognizes the best-rated race of the highest-rated Group 1 international races as established by a panel of international handicappers. The ratings of the top four finishers in each race serve as basis for the assessment. This is the first time an English race has won the title. France’s Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe won the award in 2015, 2017, 2018, and 2019, while America’s Breeders’ Cup Classic won in 2016.

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To view the entire production, hosted by Francesca Cumani,  follow the link below

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Top ranked SA horse is Do It Again – joint 34th on a mark of 121.

Hawwaam is joint 40th on 120, while all of Rainbow Bridge, One World and Vardy are ranked 119, sharing 57th place with many others. 

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