The American colt Arrogate was awarded – for the second year in a row – the Longines World’s Best Racehorse title with a rating of 134 at an award ceremony in London on Tuesday night. The Australian mare Winx took second place with 132, followed by Cracksman (GB) and Gun Runner (USA), who were tied at 130. The 2017 Longines World’s Best Horse Race went to the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, which was also the inaugural winner in 2015, with a 126.25 rating.
Longines and its long-time partner the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA) celebrated their common passion for horseracing with the Longines World’s Best Racehorse and Longines World’s Best Horse Race Awards Ceremony.
American Thoroughbred and 2016 Longines World’s Best Racehorse Arrogate set himself apart again in 2017 with a rating of 134 and was given the prestigious Longines World’s Best Racehorse Award for the second consecutive year. Incidentally, the watch brand Longines proudly timed his victory in the Dubai World Cup. Arrogate’s owner Juddmonte Farms Inc., represented by Lord Teddy Grimthorpe, and trainer Bob Baffert were presented with a unique Longines watch and an iconic Longines Equus Crystal Vase.
Australian mare Winx, who occupied third place in 2016, was honoured as the second highest-rated horse with a rating of 132 in 2017. Currently the richest horse in Australian history and the highest rated turf horse in the world, she won all nine of her starts in 2017. Winx’s regular jockey, Hugh Bowman, claimed the 2017 Longines World’s Best Jockey title, a recognition he received last December during the Longines Hong Kong International Races Gala Dinner.
Third place was taken by both Cracksman (GB) and Gun Runner (USA) with a rating of 130. Cracksman earned his rating in the QIPCO Champion Stakes, timed by Longines. His primary jockey, Frankie Dettori, received the Longines World’s Best Jockey Award in 2015. Gun Runner’s victories in 2017 include the Breeders’ Cup Classic, a feat timed by the Swiss watch brand, the Official Timekeeper of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships.
Additionally, the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe claimed the title of 2017 Longines World’s Best Horse Race. France Galop President Edouard de Rothschild was in London to accept the award and was presented with an elegant Longines timepiece and a replica trophy representing a proud horse head. The first four finishers of the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in 2017 were Enable, Cloth of Stars, Ulysses and Order of St George. The Arc was also the inaugural winner of the Longines World’s Best Horse Race Award in 2015.
The Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings are determined by international handicappers according to the performance of horses around the world, while the Longines World’s Best Horse Race Award recognizes the highest rated race of all the Group 1 international races, with the ratings of the top four finishers in each race serving as basis for the assessment.
Arrogate (USA), picture Liesl King
2017 Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings Summary
The last-to-first effort put in by ARROGATE (USA)  in the Dubai World Cup Sponsored by Emirates Airline (G1) has earned him the title of 2017 Longines World's Best Racehorse. He was also the highest rated horse in the world in 2016, making him the first back-to-back winner of the award since its inception in 2013.
LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings
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|GUN RUNNER (USA)||130||USA|
|7||CLOTH OF STARS (IRE)||125||FR|
|HARRY ANGEL (IRE)||125||GB|
|KITASAN BLACK (JPN)||124||JPN|
WINX (AUS)  is the second highest rated horse in the world, following an impressive season that saw her win all nine starts as part of her current 22 race winning streak. Winx earned her highest rating of the year in the China Horse Club George Ryder Stakes (G1), and as a result, she is also the highest rated turf horse and highest rated filly/mare of 2017.
Two horses share the third spot. CRACKSMAN (GB)  received his rating with a dominating performance in the QIPCO Champion Stakes (G1) to end his season. With that effort, he became the highest rated 3-year-old in the world.
Meanwhile, GUN RUNNER (USA)  was a model of consistency and achieved his highest figure four times, including in the Stephen Foster Stakes (G1), Whitney Stakes (G1), Woodward Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets (G1), and Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1). His only defeat of the year came when he finished second to Arrogate in the Dubai World Cup.
European Horse of the Year ENABLE (GB)  is fifth after her easy victory in the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (G1), while ULYSSES (IRE) , a competitor Enable vanquished twice, is in sixth for his effort in the Juddmonte International Stakes (G1).
Seventh place is split between CLOTH OF STARS (IRE) , who finished second behind Enable in the Arc, and HARRY ANGEL (IRE) , who earned his highest rating with his win in the 32Red Sprint Cup (G1).
Finally, three horses round out the Top 10 by sitting in the co-ninth position. COLLECTED (USA)  was second to Gun Runner in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, while two-time Japanese Horse of the Year KITASAN BLACK (JPN)  finished his career in style by taking the Arima Kinen (The Grand Prix) (G1) and RIBCHESTER (IRE)  shined in the Qatar Prix du Moulin de Longchamp (G1).
Overall, 334 horses, trained in 16 different countries, were rated 115 or higher.
Winx and Hugh Bowman, picture Quentinjlang.com