|Tuesday, January 23, 2024
|Contact: Andrew Chesser
|2023 Longines World Racing Awards Celebrate Equinox, Japan Cup
On 23 January, Swiss watch brand Longines and the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA) proudly hosted the 2023 Longines World Racing Awards ceremony in London. Equinox won the 2023 Longines World’s Best Racehorse title, while the Japan Cup in association with Longines (G1) was named the 2023 Longines World’s Best Horse Race.
During the Longines World Racing Awards ceremony, which was held at The Savoy, Equinox (JPN) was named the 2023 Longines World’s Best Racehorse with a rating of 135. This is the highest mark a Japanese horse has received under the current system, besting the 134 that El Condor Pasa earned in 1999. It is the second time a horse from Japan has won the Longines World’s Best Racehorse title, following Just A Way in 2014.
Equinox earned his rating in the Japan Cup in association with Longines (G1), which he took by four lengths over Liberty Island, who won the Japanese Triple Crown for fillies earlier in the season. Equinox was undefeated in 2023, with his other victories coming in the Longines Dubai Sheema Classic (G1), Takarazuka Kinen (G1), and Tenno Sho (Autumn) (G1). The Japan Cup was the final race of his storied career. Tetsuya Kimura trained Equinox for Silk Racing, and he was ridden to victory by Christophe Lemaire.
Masashi Yonemoto, the CEO of Silk Racing, as well as Kimura and Lemaire were in London to celebrate their champion. The winning connections were presented with elegant Longines watches as well as a replica of the Longines World’s Best Racehorse vase, named Equus, by representatives of Longines and IFHA. The Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings are established by international handicappers according to the performance of the horses in top races.
Additionally, the Japan Cup in association with Longines (G1) was honoured as the Longines World’s Best Horse Race with a rating of 126.75. Longines is proud to be the Official Partner and Official Timekeeper of this historic race.
The Longines World’s Best Horse Race Award recognises the best-rated race of the highest-rated Group/Grade 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 the Japan Cup has won the award.
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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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