The success comes on the back of a hugely successful 2016 for the British jockey which saw him win eight of the top 100 highest-rated Group and Grade 1 races worldwide, as established by the Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings Committee.
The scoring process awards jockeys for finishing in the top three placings. Points were awarded from 1 December 2015 until 30 November 2016, with 12 points for a victory, six for placing second and four for finishing third.
Having previously captured the award in 2014, Moore was well in front of his rivals after recording his second success in the competition with a total of 166 points accumulated from eight victories and 13 placed finishes in qualifying races – the latter of which came via nine runner-up places and finishing third on another four occasions.
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Moore’s victories in 2016 came in five different countries aboard six different horses, with his points total the largest margin of victory since the award was created.
His nearest rival was Belgian jockey Christophe Soumillon who filled the runner-up berth on 98 points. Australia’s Hugh Bowman, winner of Wednesday’s Longines International Jockeys’ Championship at Happy Valley racecourse in Hong Kong, finished third with 94 points, ahead of U.S.A based jockey Javier Castellano in fourth on 72 points.
Moore started the year strongly with victories in both the Longines Hong Kong Vase, where he rode Highland Reel for trainer Aidan O’Brien to a length-and-a-half success, and the Longines Hong Kong Mile on Maurice, who helped the rider gain further points when landing the Tenno Sho at Tokyo in October.
Other successes included riding Reel Steel to success in the Dubai Turf on World Cup night, steering Found to victory in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe – that led home a 1-2-3 for Aidan O’Brien, and riding Minding to a close fought triumph in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot.
Moore was recognised for his achievements at a ceremony held during the gala dinner of the Longines Hong Kong International Races at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Frankie Dettori – who won the award in 2015 with 100 points, Andrea Atzeni and William Buick also finished in the top ten, ending up in fifth, eighth and tenth respectively.
Longines World’s Best Jockey Scoring
1 Ryan Moore 166 points
2 Christophe Soumillon 98
3 Hugh Bowman 94
4 Javier Castellano 72
5 Lanfranco Dettori 62
6 Yutaka Take 56
7 Mike E. Smith 52
8 Andrea Atzeni 48
9 Joel Rosario 48
10 William T. Buick 48
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