Frankie Dettori to be honoured in Hong Kong ceremony


Frankie Dettori continues to build upon his legacy and will be crowned the 2019 Longines World’s Best Jockey this December in Hong Kong. Dettori is the first jockey to win the award in back-to-back years, after also winning in 2018. Overall, he has been named the Longines World’s Best Jockey an impressive three times in the last five years, as he first took the title in 2015.

Frankie Dettori, picture Liesl King
Frankie Dettori, picture Liesl King

A dominant force throughout the year, Dettori won eight of the world’s Top 100 Group or Grade 1 races aboard seven different horses. His qualifying victories came in the Prince of Wales's Stakes (Crystal Ocean), Gold Cup (Stradivarius), Grand Prix de Saint‐Cloud (Coronet), Coral-Eclipse (Enable), King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Enable), Qatar Sussex Stakes (Too Darn Hot), William Hill St Leger Stakes (Logician), and QIPCO British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes (Star Catcher).

The scoring process rewards jockeys for finishing in the top three, giving Dettori a total of 102 points on the year.

The placings went to two leading Asian Racing Federation jockeys with Hong Kong's Zac Purton second, who finished with 88 points, while Australia's Hugh Bowman, the 2017 Longines World’s Best Jockey, was third with 86 points.

Dettori is the only three-time winner of the Longines World’s Best Jockey award, which was established in 2014. Ryan Moore is a dual winner, having won in the inaugural year and in 2016.

A ceremony will be held during the gala dinner of the Longines Hong Kong International Races on 6 December 2019 at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre to recognise Dettori. The full and final standings can be found at www.ifhaonline.org.

The 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.

The Longines World’s Best Jockey Award was established six years ago by Swiss watch brand 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 rider was honoured in such a way.