Ryan Moore wins the 2023 Longines World’s Best Jockey Award. (Hong Kong JC photo)
Four-time LONGINES World’s Best Jockey Award winner Ryan Moore will be looking to add to his track record at the LONGINES Hong Kong International Races (HKIR) in Sha Tin on Sunday 10 December.
Moore was crowned the 2023 Longines World’s Best Jockey on Friday night (December 8), tying him with Frankie Dettori for the most wins for the prestigious award.
The European-based rider was the inaugural winner of the award in 2014, and has also won the award in 2016 and 2021.
He was officially announced as the winner during a special ceremony and presentation at the LONGINES Hong Kong International Race Gala Dinner held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center.
Moore won eight of the “world’s top 100 Group 1 races” to take the title.
His qualifying wins include Longines Hong Kong Sprint (Wellington), Tattersalls Gold Cup (Luxembourg), Epsom Derby (Auguste Rodin), St James’s Palace Stakes (Paddington), Coral Eclipse (Paddington), Qatar Sussex Stakes (Paddington), Irish Champion Stakes (August Rodin) and Breeders’ Cup Turf (August Rodin).
Moore comfortably won this year’s award with a total of 156 points, 36 points more than Dettori (120 points), with James McDonald, who won the title last year, in third place with 116 points. The scoring process rewards jockeys who finish in the top three in a race.
LONGINES The 100 highest rated Group 1 races of the year set by the World’s Best Race Horse Rankings Committee. Scoring incorporates races from December 1st of the previous year to November 30th of the current year. Jockeys earn 12 points for a win, 6 points for second place and 4 points for third place.
In accepting the award, Moore said he always wanted to ride the best horses and wanted the best horses to win the best races.
Moore was presented with a watch by Bernardo Tribolet, vice president of marketing at Longines, and a crystal vase by Winfried Engelbrecht Bresges, chief executive officer of the Hong Kong Jockey Club, in his capacity as president of the International Federation of Horse Racing Authorities (IFHA). It was done.
Moore said there’s so much more to riding and competing against others around the world.
“I’m very lucky,” Moore said.
“I’ve had the privilege of riding some really good horses with some great owners and trainers. When I started, my goal was to ride the best horses and the best races. That’s really what it’s always been about. Yo.”
Moore, who rode Wellington to victory in last year’s G1 Longines Hong Kong Sprint (1200m turf), will ride in all four G1 races at Sha Tin tomorrow.
All of his feature rides have been with Aidan O’Brien, who is the only trainer to have a runner in all four of the top-level contests in the 10-race program.
Moore’s ride begins with the exciting filly Warm Heart in the G1 Longines Hong Kong Verses (2400m).
The filly was assigned a weight of 117 pounds, the lowest weight Moore has ridden in recent months.
Jockey Moore said he was looking forward to riding the filly and thought it had a good chance, but was wary of some of the Japanese horses running.
“I would be disappointed if she didn’t run very well. If she can get back to her form for the last four races, she’ll be right there,” he said.
Mr Moore said Hong Kong horse racing is probably the most competitive in the world and it is difficult to win any race.
“Thank you to all the winners here,” he said.
Moore’s second ride of the day for O’Brien is the LONGINES Hong Kong Sprint Aesop’s Fables.
He will also ride in Cairo in the G1 Longines Hong Kong Mile (1600m) and in Luxembourg in the G1 Longines Hong Kong Cup (2000m).
Moore returned to riding at Wednesday’s Longines International Jockeys Championship in Happy Valley after a fall in Japan last month. He took victory over M Unicorn’s Vincent Ho in the second leg of the four-race championship.
Moore has won all four HKIR feature races to date.