From The Blood-Horse
The International Federation of Horseracing Authorities, Longines, and the Hong Kong Jockey Club announced Sept. 22 that the jockey with the best performance in the world’s highest-rated races will be honored at the inaugural Longines World’s Best Jockey award ceremony.

The award will be presented at the gala dinner of the Longines Hong Kong International Races, which is scheduled for Dec. 12 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

The scoring for the award will be based upon performances in the 100 highest-rated group I/grade I races as established for the year by the Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings Committee. The scoring will incorporate races from Dec. 1 of the previous year until Nov. 30 of the current year. Jockeys accrue 12 points for a win, 6 points for placing second, and 4 points for placing third. The rules of the points system can be found at ifhaonline.org.

“It is entirely appropriate that the accomplishments of the world’s best jockeys are recognized internationally. Jockeys are incredible athletes and their amazing feats of skill and daring bring millions of fans to the sport around the world,” said IFHA chairman Louis Romanet.

Currently, Irish jockey Joseph O’Brien and Belgian rider Christophe Soumillon lead the race with 72 points each. They are followed closely by Ryan Moore with 70 points.