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Posted 2022-01-25 14:53:42  
South Africa's 4 Races in World 100

South Africa has only 4 races in the World's Top100 with the (joint 57) Queens Plate (Kenilworth) heading the way from the (joint 67) Champions Cup (Greyville), (joint 67) Durban July (Greyville) and (joint 90) Cape Met (Kenilworth). 

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In association with the Longines World Racing Awards, the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA) has published its annual list of Top 100 Group 1 and Grade 1 races.

The ranked list is compiled using the annual race ratings, which are calculated based on the first four finishers in each race. Longines and the IFHA use this list to determine the winner of the annual Longines World's Best Horse Race Award.

For the fifth time, the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (G1) at ParisLongchamp in France has been honoured as the highest rated race in the world. In 2021, it achieved a rating of 124.75 after Group 1 winners Torquator Tasso (GER), Tarnawa (IRE), Hurricane Lane (IRE), and Adayar (IRE) were the first four across the finish line.

The remaining Top 10 rated races are the Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic (124.50), King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Qipco Stakes (123.50), Tenno Sho (Autumn) (123.00), Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (122.50), Qipco Champion Stakes (122.25), Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (Sponsored by Qipco) (122.25), Arima Kinen (The Grand Prix) (122.00), Longines Dubai Sheema Classic Presented by Longines (122.00), and Osaka Hai (121.75).
The top rated races in the 5 respective distance categories are the Heineken T J Smith Stakes (120.50-Sprint); Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (Sponsored by Qipco) (122.25-Mile); Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic (124.50-Intermediate); Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (124.75-Long); and Gold Cup (119.00-Extended).

The highest rated race for fillies/mares is the Maker’s Mark Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (117.50), while the highest rated 3-year-old race is the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (122.50).


Twelve countries comprise this year's list, representing the foremost racing events throughout the world across 41 different racecourses. Australia leads all countries with 25 total races, followed by the United States (19), Great Britain (17), Japan (11), Hong Kong SAR, China (8), France (5), Germany (4), South Africa (4), Ireland (3), United Arab Emirates (2), New Zealand (1), and Uruguay (1).

In the context of their partnership, Longines and the IFHA have created a set of prizes rewarding racehorses, jockeys and prominent women and men of the equestrian world. The Longines World's Best Horse Race was created to complete this collection of awards by rewarding the top race in the world. The Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe previously won the title in 2019, 2018, 2017, and was the inaugural winner in 2015, while the Breeders’ Cup Classic won in 2016 and the Juddmonte International Stakes won in 2020.

The Top 100 Group 1 and Grade 1 races also serve as the base of an annual competition to recognize top jockeys throughout the world. The jockey who outperforms his or her peers in these races is honoured with the Longines World's Best Jockey Award. Ryan Moore was the 2021 Longines World’s Best Jockey, and he previously was honoured as the inaugural winner in 2014 and also won in 2016. Frankie Dettori has taken the competition the most, winning in 2020, 2019, 2018 and 2015, while Hugh Bowman won the title in 2017. 

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