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The sixth Longines World’s Best Racehorse and Longines World’s Best Horse Race Ceremony, set for next Wednesday, will be live streamed by Longines and the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities.
For the first time, the ceremony will be held at The Landmark hotel in London, and it will begin at 14:45 GMT/9:45 a.m. EST. The live video stream will be available at Longines.com and IFHAonling.org as well as shown on both the Longines and Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings Facebook pages.
Previous winners of the Longines World’s Best Racehorse award include Arrogate in 2017 and 2016, American Pharoah in 2015, Just A Way in 2014, and Australia’s Black Caviar and France’s Treve, who were jointly celebrated in 2013.
The 2018 award appears to be between Cracksman and Winx, who both rated 130 in the most-recently released rankings.
This ceremony marks the fourth time the Longines World’s Best Horse Race will be awarded. The Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe won in both 2015 and 2017, while the Breeders’ Cup Classic was named the Longines World’s Best Horse Race in 2016.
This award recognizes the best-rated race of the highest-rated Group 1 international races as established for the year by a panel of international handicappers. The ratings of the top four finishers in each race serve as basis for the assessment.
The Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings are established by international handicappers according to the performance of the horses in elite races. The entire final 2018 rankings will be revealed on the day of the ceremony.
The connections of the winning horse will be presented with an elegant Longines watch and a replica of the vase of the Longines World’s Best Racehorse. The connections of the Longines World’s Best Horse Race will also be presented with a watch and a replica of a trophy representing a proud horse head. The originals can now be seen at the Longines Boutique on Oxford Street in London.