Official congratulations for Bowman on world title

When Hugh Bowman rode the Yasuo Tomomichi trained Cheval Grand (JPN) to win the Grade 1 Japan Cup (2400m), in association with LONGINES (International Invitational), at Tokyo on Sunday he became the LONGINES World’s Best Jockey for 2017.

Shortly after the victory the Longines World’s Best Race Rankings Twitter feed @worldsbesthorse sent congratulations to Bowman for his achievement.

‘Congrats to Cheval Grand & @HugeBowman for winning the G1 Japan Cup. Bowman also secured the title of 2017 Longines World's Best Jockey,’ said LONGINES WBRR.

Bowman won the title for winning the most Group 1 races this year over former winners Ryan Moore and Frankie Dettori with Jim Crowley and James Doyle completing the leading five jockeys.

Each year, the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA) and LONGINES present to the jockey with the best performance in the world’s highest-rated races the LONGINES WORLD’S BEST JOCKEY AWARD.

The scoring for the award is based upon performances in the 100 highest-rated Group 1 and Grade 1 races 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.

Hugh Bowman and Cheval Black (JPN) head to the line to win the 2017 renewal of the Grade i Japan Cup (2400m) at Tokyo on Sunday, picture Japan Racing Association

The win by Cheval Black, his first Grade 1 victory, deprived race favourite Kitasan Black (JPN) (Black Tide) from a back-to-back wins in the Japan Cup.

“I feel proud and very humbled to have had the opportunity to have a ride on Cheval Grand and with the horse in such a great form with the addition of a good draw I was quietly confident in winning this race while at the same time having great respect for Kitasan Black," said Hugh Bowman.

"It gives me a sense of pride to have even the chance to take part in such a recognized race and while I am well known for my partnership with Winx, it’s an honour to have won this race," he said.

Bowman is on a short term contract in Japan through to December 24th, 2017. His past licences with the JRA were November 19th through to December 27th, 2015, and April 30th through to May 29th, 2016.

His sponsor trainer is Yasutoshi Ikee at the JRA Ritto Training Center and contract owner is Katsumi Yoshida.

Bowman also rides as the defending champion in the 2017 LONGINES International Jockeys’ Championship at Happy Valley on Wednesday December 6th. He will receive his award at the LONGINES HKIR Gala Dinner on Friday, 8 December, 2017, in Hong Kong.