Kong (Hong Kong) / Saint-Imier (Switzerland), December 7, 2018 – Legendary
rider Lanfranco “Frankie” Dettori was crowned the 2018 Longines World’s Best
Jockey tonight at the Longines Hong Kong International Races Gala dinner. He
has won the award twice in the last four years, as he first took the title in
2015. With a total of 128 points, he claimed the award ahead of Oisin Murphy
(114 points), and Ryan Moore (112 points). Frankie Dettori was presented with a
Longines timepiece, as well as a crystal vase, by Walter von Känel, President
of Longines, and Louis Romanet, Chairman of the International Federation of
Horseracing Authorities (IFHA).
British-based jockey Frankie Dettori, who is known for his distinctive
"flying dismounts", clinched a second Longines World’s Best Jockey
title in recognition of his remarkable achievements throughout the 2018 racing
season. He was recognised at a ceremony held during the Longines Hong Kong
International Races Gala dinner on 7 December 2018, at the Hong Kong Convention
& Exhibition Centre. Walter von Känel, President of Longines, and Louis
Romanet, Chairman of the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities
(IFHA), presented Dettori with an elegant 18k rose gold Longines timepiece from
The Saint-Imier Collection as well as a crystal vase.
his versatility, Dettori won eight of the world’s Top 100 Group or Grade 1
races aboard five different horses this year. His qualifying victories, seven
of which were timed by Longines, came in the Prix Ganay - Prix de
l'Inauguration de ParisLongchamp (Cracksman), Investec Coronation Cup
(Cracksman), St James's Palace Stakes (Without Parole), Gold Cup
(Stradivarius), Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Enable), QIPCO Champion Stakes
(Cracksman), Breeders’ Cup Mile (Expert Eye), and Longines Breeders' Cup Turf
scoring process rewards jockeys for finishing in the top three, giving Dettori
a total of 128 points over the year. Second place went to Oisin Murphy,
who finished with 114 points, while Ryan Moore was third with 112 points.
Dettori joins Moore as a two-time winner of the Longines World’s Best Jockey
Award, which was established in 2014. Moore won in the inaugural year and in
2016, while Hugh Bowman was honoured last year.
awarding of the Longines World’s Best Jockey 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. The scoring incorporates
races from 1 December of the previous year until 30 November of the current
year. Jockeys accrue 12 points for a win, 6 points for placing second,
and 4 points for placing third.
Longines World’s Best Jockey Award was established five years ago by Longines
and the IFHA as a way to quantitatively recognise a jockey as the best among
his or her global peers. It marked the first time a jockey was honoured in such