The 2021 Top 100 Group and Grade 1 Races announced



In association with the Longines World Racing Awards, the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA) has published its annual list of Top 100 Group 1 and Grade 1 races.

The ranked list is compiled using the annual race ratings, which are calculated based on the first four finishers in each race. Longines and the IFHA use this list to determine the winner of the annual Longines World's Best Horse Race Award.

For the fifth time, the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (G1) at ParisLongchamp in France has been honoured as the highest rated race in the world. In 2021, it achieved a rating of 124.75 after Group 1 winners Torquator Tasso (GER), Tarnawa (IRE), Hurricane Lane (IRE), and Adayar (IRE) were the first four across the finish line.

The remaining Top 10 rated races are the Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic (124.50), King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Qipco Stakes (123.50), Tenno Sho (Autumn) (123.00), Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (122.50), Qipco Champion Stakes (122.25), Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (Sponsored by Qipco) (122.25), Arima Kinen (The Grand Prix) (122.00), Longines Dubai Sheema Classic Presented by Longines (122.00), and Osaka Hai (121.75).

The top rated races in the 5 respective distance categories are the Heineken T J Smith Stakes (120.50-Sprint); Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (Sponsored by Qipco) (122.25-Mile); Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic (124.50-Intermediate); Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (124.75-Long); and Gold Cup (119.00-Extended).

The highest rated race for fillies/mares is the Maker’s Mark Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (117.50), while the highest rated 3-year-old race is the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (122.50).

Twelve countries comprise this year's list, representing the foremost racing events throughout the world across 41 different racecourses. Australia leads all countries with 25 total races, followed by the United States (19), Great Britain (17), Japan (11), Hong Kong SAR, China (8), France (5), Germany (4), South Africa (4), Ireland (3), United Arab Emirates (2), New Zealand (1), and Uruguay (1). 

In the context of their partnership, Longines and the IFHA have created a set of prizes rewarding racehorses, jockeys and prominent women and men of the equestrian world. The Longines World's Best Horse Race was created to complete this collection of awards by rewarding the top race in the world. The Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe previously won the title in 2019, 2018, 2017, and was the inaugural winner in 2015, while the Breeders’ Cup Classic won in 2016 and the Juddmonte International Stakes won in 2020.

The Top 100 Group 1 and Grade 1 races also serve as the base of an annual competition to recognize top jockeys throughout the world. The jockey who outperforms his or her peers in these races is honoured with the Longines World's Best Jockey Award. Ryan Moore was the 2021 Longines World’s Best Jockey, and he previously was honoured as the inaugural winner in 2014 and also won in 2016. Frankie Dettori has taken the competition the most, winning in 2020, 2019, 2018 and 2015, while Hugh Bowman won the title in 2017.

The 2022 Longines World's Best Jockey Award will be based upon performances in these 100 highest-rated Group 1 and Grade 1 races from 1 December 2021 until 30 November 2022. Jockeys accrue 12 points for a win, 6 points for placing second, and 4 points for placing third.

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THE WORLD'S TOP 100 GROUP/GRADE ONE RACES for 3yo's and upwards - 2021
RANKRACE Distance  CatTrack AgeF&MRating
1Qatar Prix de l'Arc de TriompheG12400 TLPARIS-LONGCHAMPFR3+ 124.75
2LONGINES Breeders' Cup ClassicG120001 1/4DIDEL MARUSA3+ 124.50
3King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Qipco StakesG124001 1/2TLASCOTGB3+ 123.50
4Tenno Sho (Autumn)G12000 TITOKYOJPN3+ 123.00
5Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford ReserveG120001 1/4DICHURCHILL DOWNSUSA3yo 122.50
6=QIPCO Champion StakesG120001 1/4TIASCOTGB3+ 122.25
6=Queen Elizabeth II Stakes Sponsored by QIPCOG116001TMASCOTGB3+ 122.25
8=Arima Kinen (The Grand Prix)G12500 TLNAKAYAMAJPN3+ 122.00
8=LONGINES Dubai Sheema Classic Presented by LonginesG12410 TLMEYDANUAE4+ 122.00
10Osaka HaiG12000 TIHANSHINJPN4+ 121.75
11Coral-Eclipse G120001 1/4TISANDOWN PARKGB3+ 121.50
12=Irish Champion StakesG120001 1/4TILEOPARDSTOWNIRE3+ 121.25
12=Japan Cup in Association with LONGINESG12400 TLTOKYOJPN3+ 121.25
14Cazoo DerbyG124001 1/2TLEPSOM DOWNSGB3yo 121.00
15=Ladbrokes Cox PlateG12040 TIMOONEE VALLEYAUS3+ 120.75
15=LONGINES Queen Elizabeth StakesG12000 TIRANDWICKAUS3+ 120.75
15=Whitney StakesG118001 1/8DMSARATOGAUSA3+ 120.75
18=Heineken T. J. Smith Stakes G11200 TSRANDWICKAUS3+ 120.50
18=Ranvet StakesG12000 TIROSEHILLAUS3+ 120.50
20=FWD Queen Elizabeth II CupG12000 TISHA TINHK3+ 120.00
20=Takarazuka KinenG12200 TLHANSHINJPN3+ 120.00
20=Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby)G12400 TLTOKYOJPN3yo 120.00
23= Mile ChampionshipG11600 TMHANSHINJPN3+ 119.75
23= Yasuda KinenG11600 TMTOKYOJPN3+ 119.75
23=Prix du Haras de Fresnay-le-Buffard - Jacques Le MaroisG11600 TMDEAUVILLEFR3+ 119.75
23=Prix du Moulin de LongchampG11600 TMPARIS-LONGCHAMPFR3+ 119.75
23=Qatar Sussex StakesG116001TMGOODWOODGB3+ 119.75
28= LONGINES Hong Kong MileG11600 TMSHA TINHK3+ 119.50
28=Stewards' CupG11600 TMSHA TINHK3+ 119.50
28=TAB Chipping Norton StakesG11600 TMRANDWICKAUS3+ 119.50
31=Belmont Stakes Presented by NYRA BetsG124001 1/2DLBELMONT PARKUSA3yo 119.25
31=Citi Hong Kong Gold CupG12000 TISHA TINHK3+ 119.25
31=Fujitsu General George Main StakesG11600 TMRANDWICKAUS3+ 119.25
31=H. Allen Jerkens Memorial StakesG114007fDSSARATOGAUSA3yo 119.25
31=LONGINES Grosser Preis von BerlinG12400 TLHOPPEGARTENGER3+ 119.25
31=PFD Food Services Makybe Diva StakesG11600 TMFLEMINGTONAUS3+ 119.25
31=Qatar Prix du Jockey ClubG12100 TICHANTILLYFR3yo 119.25
38=Gold CupG140002 1/2TEASCOTGB4+ 119.00
38=Juddmonte International StakesG120501 1/4TIYORKGB3+ 119.00
38=TAB Turnbull StakesG12000 TIFLEMINGTONAUS4+ 119.00
41=Coolmore Wootton Bassett Nunthorpe StakesG110005fTSYORKGB2+ 118.75
41=Hill 'N' Dale Metropolitan HandicapG116001DMBELMONT PARKUSA3+ 118.75
41=LONGINES Hong Kong CupG12000 TISHA TINHK3+ 118.75
44= LONGINES Hong Kong VaseG12400 TLSHA TINHK3+ 118.50
44=Lamaro's Sth Melbourne Futurity StakesG11400 TMCAULFIELDAUS3+ 118.50
44=Preakness StakesG119001 1/8DIPIMLICOUSA3yo 118.50
44=Satsuki Sho (Japanese 2000 Gns)G12000 TINAKAYAMAJPN3yo 118.50
48= Neds Might And Power Stakes (ex Caulfield Stakes)G12000 TICAULFIELDAUS3+ 118.25
48=Al Shaqab Lockinge StakesG116001TMNEWBURYGB4+ 118.25
48=Black Caviar Lightning StakesG11000 TSFLEMINGTONAUS3+ 118.25
48=Prince of Wales's StakesG120001 1/4TIASCOTGB4+ 118.25
48=Queen Anne StakesG116001TMASCOTGB4+ 118.25
48=Winx Stakes (ex Warwick)G11400 TMRANDWICKAUS3yo+ 118.25
54=FWD Champions MileG11600 TMSHA TINHK3+ 118.00
54=Tenno Sho (Spring)G13200 TEHANSHINJPN4+ 118.00
56Coral Coronation CupG124001 1/2TLEPSOM DOWNSGB4+ 117.75
57=Awesome Again StakesG118001 1/8DMSANTA ANITAUSA3+ 117.50
57=Darley Sprint ClassicG11200 TSFLEMINGTONAUS3+ 117.50
57=Heineken 3 Canterbury StakesG11300 TSRANDWICKAUS3+ 117.50
57=LONGINES Breeders' Cup TurfG124001 1/2TLDEL MARUSA3+ 117.50
57=L'Ormarins Queen's PlateG11600 TMKENILWORTHSAF3+ 117.50
57=Maker's Mark Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare TurfG122001 1/4TLDEL MARUSA3+F&M117.50
57=Old Forester Bourbon Turf ClassicG118001 1/8TMCHURCHILL DOWNSUSA4+ 117.50
64=Paramount+ Mackinnon StakesG12000 TIFLEMINGTONAUS3+ 117.25
64=Pegasus World Cup Invitational StakesG118001 1/8DMGULFSTREAM PARKUSA4+ 117.25
64=Quayclean Underwood StakesG11800 TMSANDOWN  AUS3+ 117.25
67=Breeders' Cup Turf SprintG110005fTSDEL MARUSA3+ 117.00
67=HKJC World Pools Champions CupG11800 TMGREYVILLESAF3+ 117.00
67=Lexus Melbourne Cup G13200 TEFLEMINGTONAUS3+ 117.00
67=Queen's Silver Jubilee CupG11400 TMSHA TINHK3+ 117.00
67=Runhappy Travers StakesG120001 1/4DISARATOGAUSA3yo 117.00
67=The Star Doncaster Mile HandicapG11600 TMRANDWICKAUS3+ 117.00
67=Vodacom Durban July HandicapG12200 TLGREYVILLESAF3+ 117.00
74=Agency George Ryder StakesG11500 TMROSEHILLAUS3+ 116.75
74=Moet & Chandon Memsie StakesG11400 TMCAULFIELDAUS3+ 116.75
74=Schweppes All Aged StakesG11400 TMRANDWICKAUS3+ 116.75
74=Tattersalls Irish 2000 GuineasG116001TMCURRAGHIRE3yo 116.75
74=Wettstar Grosser Preis von BadenG12400 TLBADEN BADENGER3+ 116.75
79=Allianz - Grosser Preis von BayernG12400 TLMUNICHGER3+ 116.50
79=Pennsylvania DerbyG118001 1/8DMPARX RACINGUSA3yo 116.50
79=Qatar Prix du CadranG14000 TEPARIS-LONGCHAMPFR4+ 116.50
79=Qatar Racing Breeders' Cup SprintG112006fDSDEL MARUSA3+ 116.50
79=QIPCO 2000 GuineasG116001TMNEWMARKETGB3yo 116.50
84=Dubai World Cup Sponsored by Emirates AirlineG12000 DIMEYDANUAE4+ 116.25
84=Bonecrusher New Zealand StakesG12000 TIELLERSLIENZ3+ 116.25
84=Channel 7 Doomben Cup G12000 TIDOOMBENAUS3+ 116.25
84=FanDuel Breeders' Cup Mile Presented By PDJFG116001TMDEL MARUSA3+ 116.25
84=Stella Artois Caulfield Cup (Handicap)G12400 TLCAULFIELDAUS3+ 116.25
84=Tattersalls Falmouth StakesG116001TMNEWMARKETGB3+F&M116.25
90=Cape Town Met Presented by Cape RacingG12000 TIKENILWORTHSAF3+ 116.00
90=LONGINES Gran Premio LatinoamericanoG12000 DIMARONASURU3yo+ 116.00
90=Preis von EuropaG12400 TLCOLOGNEGER3+ 116.00
90=Sky  Racing Rosehill Guineas G12000 TIROSEHILLAUS3yo 116.00
94=Betfair Sprint CupG112006fTSHAYDOCK PARKGB3+ 115.75
94=Clark Stakes Presented by Norton HealthcareG118001 1/8DMCHURCHILL DOWNSUSA3+ 115.75
94=Darley July CupG112006fTSNEWMARKETGB3+ 115.75
94=Dubai Duty Free Irish DerbyG124001 1/2TLCURRAGHIRE3yo 115.75
94=Hyland Race Colours Toorak HandicapG11600 TMCAULFIELDAUS3+ 115.75
94=Kikuka Sho (Japanese St Leger)G13000 TEHANSHINJPN3yo 115.75
94=Resorts World Casino Manhattan StakesG120001 1/4TIBELMONT PARKUSA4+ 115.75