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