For the third time in four years, the Longines World’s Best Horse Race award was given to the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in 2018.
France Galop President Edouard de Rothschild was in London this Wednesday, January 23rd, to accept the award. The first four finishers of the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in 2018 were Enable, Sea Of Class, Cloth Of Stars, and Waldgeist. The Arc also won the award in 2017 and was the inaugural winner of the Longines World’s Best Horse Race Award in 2015.
The Longines World’s Best Horse Race award recognizes the best-rated race of the highest-rated Group 1 international races as established by a panel of international handicappers. The ratings of the top four finishers in each race serve as basis for the assessment.
The Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe won by defending champion Enable has thus achieved a rating of 125.0 pounds (or 56.6 kilos). The Prix Ganay (Gr1), whose prizemoney had been doubled in 2018 on inauguration day at ParisLongchamp, is also part of the first ten races in the world on turf with a rating of 122.25 pounds, which places it in fourth position in Europe. Its winner, Cracksman, is indeed the best horse of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, tied on the top shelf with the Australian mare Winx, who has never left her country.
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