The World’s Best Racehorse Ceremony will be held o January 19th, 2016 in London, England in an effort to honor the top performers in the sport. It is a combined effort by both Longines and the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities. The event will be hosted by Claridge Hotel.
The awards will be geared towards the highest rated horses in the Longines World’s Best Racehorse rankings, which you can view by visiting their website. Currently, American Pharaoh is the top ranked horse in the world with a rating of 133 thanks to his combined wins at the Triple Crown and the Breeders’ Cup Classic. In America, there is no greater champion.
Great Britain’s Golden Horn trails American Pharaoh in the standings after a tremendous camping in 2015. Golden Horn claimed wins at the Feilden Stakes, Dante Stakes, Eclipse Stakes, Irish Champion Stakes and the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. He also placed second at the International Stakes in York. The three-year old’s impressive season ended at the Breeders’ Cup Turf where he slid in to second place behind Found.
Both American Pharaoh and Golden Horn have been retired and will earn massive stud fees.
The rankings are not limited to just this past year. Instead, the panel of handicappers who decide the rankings will grade the performances in stake races for horses that finish in the top-four. Rounding out the top-six in the current rankings are France’s Treve, Australia’s Able Friend, America’s Shared Belief and Great Britain’s Salow.
The trophy presented to the World’s Best Racehorse by the panel is a gorgeous crystal vase dubbed the Equus. The handlers of the award are also gifted a watch crafted by Longines, which is their known speciality.
Japa’s Just A Way was honoured as the World’s Best Racehorse in 2014, while Black Caviar and Treve split the top spot in 2013.
This will be the first year that the award is actually presented through a ceremony, and is a new tradition in the sport that was announced in October.