FRANKIE DETTORI will become the first recipient of consecutive Longines World’s Best Jockey awards when he receives the prize for the second straight year during a gala dinner on the sidelines of the Longines Hong Kong International Races on 6 December at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre. Already a dual winner, Dettori first took the title in 2015 and has been one of the standout performers of the year, carrying on well from last season. The Italian won eight of the world’s Top 100 Group or Grade One races aboard seven different horses, his qualifying victories including the Prince of Wales’s Stakes with Crystal Ocean and the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot with Stradivarius. Dettori also won the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud on Coronet and nicked the Eclipse Stakes with Enable, who also won the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes.
He picked up the Sussex Stakes with Too Darn Hot, the St Leger with Logician, and the British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes with Star Catcher. The scoring process rewards jockeys for finishing in the top three in the top 100 races, which gave Dettori a total of 102 points for the year. In second place was Zac Purton, who amassed 88 points, while Hugh Bowman, the 2017 winner, took third with 86. Apart from being the only rider to win consecutive titles, Dettori is also the only three time winner of the award, which was established in 2014. Ryan Moore is a two time winner, having won in the inaugural year and in 2016. The awarding of the Longines World’s Best Jockey is based upon performances in the 100 highest rated Group One and Grade One 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, six points for placing second, and four points for placing third.