2019 top 100 Group 1 races named

In association with the LONGINES World's Best Racehorse and LONGINES World's Best Horse Race Ceremony, 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 fourth time in five years, the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe has been honoured as the highest rated race. In 2019, it achieved a rating of 126.25 after Group 1 winners Waldgeist (GB), Enable (GB), Sottsass (FR), and Japan (GB) were the first four across the finish line.

The remaining top 10 rated races are the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Qipco Stakes (125.75), Prince of Wales's Stakes (124.25), Coral-Eclipse (123.00), Takarazuka Kinen (122.25), Arima Kinen (122.00), Juddmonte International Stakes (122.00), LONGINES Queen Elizabeth Stakes (122.00), Ladbrokes Cox Plate (121.75), FWD QEII Cup (121.50), and LONGINES Breeders' Cup Classic (121.50).
The top rated races in the 5 respective distance categories are the King’s Stand Stakes (120.25-Sprint); Whitney Stakes (121.25-Mile); Prince of Wales’s Stakes (124.25-Intermediate); Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (126.25-Long); and the Gold Cup (119.25-Extended).

The highest rated race for fillies and mares is the Darley Yorkshire Oaks (116.75), while the highest rated 3-year-old race is shared between the Commonwealth Cup (118.75) and the Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby) (118.75).

Ten countries comprise this year's list, representing the foremost racing events throughout the world across 37 different racecourses. Great Britain leads all countries with 21 total races, followed by Australia (20), United States (20), Japan (11), Hong Kong (10), France (5), South Africa (5), United Arab Emirates (4), Ireland (3), and Germany (2). Because of a six-way tie for the 96th spot on the list of Top 100 G1 races, the 2019 edition consists of 101 races.

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 Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe won in 2019, 2018, 2017, and was the inaugural winner in 2015, while the Breeders’ Cup Classic won in 2016.

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. Frankie Dettori was the 2019 Longines World’s Best Jockey, and he previously was honoured in both 2018 and 2015. Hugh Bowman won the title in 2017, while Ryan Moore took the inaugural contest in 2014 as well as the 2016 edition.

The 2020 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 2019 until 30 November 2020. Jockeys accrue 12 points for a win, 6 points for placing second, and 4 points for placing third.

THE WORLD'S TOP 100 GROUP/GRADE ONE RACES for 3yo's and upwards - 2019
RANKRACE Distance  CatTrack AgeF&MRating
1Qatar Prix de l'Arc de TriompheG12400 TLPARIS-LONGCHAMPFR3+ 126.25
2King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Qipco StakesG124001 1/2TLASCOTGB3+ 125.75
3Prince of Wales's StakesG120001 1/4TIASCOTGB4+ 124.25
4Coral-Eclipse G120001 1/4TISANDOWN PARKGB3+ 123.00
5Takarazuka KinenG12200 TLHANSHINJPN3+ 122.25
6=Arima Kinen (The Grand Prix)G12500 TLNAKAYAMAJPN3+ 122.00
6=Juddmonte International StakesG120801 1/4TIYORKGB3+ 122.00
6=LONGINES Queen Elizabeth StakesG12000 TIRANDWICKAUS3+ 122.00
9Ladbrokes Cox PlateG12040 TIMOONEE VALLEYAUS3+ 121.75
10=FWD QEII CupG12000 TISHA TINHK3+ 121.50
10=LONGINES Breeders' Cup ClassicG120001 1/4DISANTA ANITAUSA3+ 121.50
12Whitney StakesG118001 1/8DMSARATOGAUSA3+ 121.25
13= LONGINES Hong Kong VaseG12400 TLSHA TINHK3+ 120.75
13=Runhappy Metropolitan HandicapG116001DMBELMONT PARKUSA3+ 120.75
13=TAB Chipping Norton StakesG11600 TMRANDWICKAUS3+ 120.75
13=Tenno Sho (Autumn)G12000 TITOKYOJPN3+ 120.75
17=Dubai Turf Sponsored by DP WorldG11800 TMMEYDANUAE4+ 120.50
17=QIPCO Irish Champion StakesG120001 1/4TILEOPARDSTOWNIRE3+ 120.50
19=Jockey Club Gold Cup StakesG120001 1/4DIBELMONT PARKUSA3+ 120.25
19=King's Stand StakesG110005fTSASCOTGB3+ 120.25
19=Queen's Silver Jubilee CupG11400 TMSHA TINHK3+ 120.25
22= Yasuda KinenG11600 TMTOKYOJPN3+ 120.00
22=LONGINES Hong Kong SprintG11200 TSSHA TINHK3+ 120.00
24= LONGINES Hong Kong MileG11600 TMSHA TINHK3+ 119.75
24=Prix GanayG12100 TIPARIS-LONGCHAMPFR4+ 119.75
24=QIPCO Champion StakesG120001 1/4TIASCOTGB3+ 119.75
27Chairman's Sprint PrizeG11200 TSSHA TINHK3+ 119.50
28=Darley Sprint ClassicG11200 TSFLEMINGTONAUS3+ 119.25
28=Gold CupG140002 1/2TEASCOTGB4+ 119.25
28=LONGINES Dubai Sheema ClassicG12410 TLMEYDANUAE4+ 119.25
31Rising Sun Gold ChallengeG11600 TMGREYVILLESAF3+ 119.00
32=Colgate Optic White StakesG11600 TMRANDWICKAUS3+ 118.75
32=Commonwealth CupG112006fTSASCOTGB3yo 118.75
32=Stewards' CupG11600 TMSHA TINHK3+ 118.75
32=Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby)G12400 TLTOKYOJPN3yo 118.75
36=Aquis T. J. Smith Stakes G11200 TSRANDWICKAUS3+ 118.50
36=Investec DerbyG124001 1/2TLEPSOM DOWNSGB3yo 118.50
36=Satsuki Sho (Japanese 2000 Gns)G12000 TINAKAYAMAJPN3yo 118.50
36=TVG Breeders' Cup MileG116001TMSANTA ANITAUSA3+ 118.50
40=Agency George Ryder StakesG11500 TMROSEHILLAUS3+ 118.25
40=Al Quoz Sprint Sponsored by Azizi DevelopmentsG11200 TSMEYDANUAE3+ 118.25
40=Gold Cup at Santa Anita H'cap (ex Hollywood Gold Cup)G120001 1/4DISANTA ANITAUSA3+ 118.25
40=LONGINES Breeders' Cup TurfG124001 1/2TLSANTA ANITAUSA3+ 118.25
40=Seppelt Mackinnon StakesG12000 TIFLEMINGTONAUS3+ 118.25
40=Sun Met Celebrated with G. H. MummG12000 TIKENILWORTHSAF3+ 118.25
46=Al Shaqab Lockinge StakesG116001TMNEWBURYGB4+ 118.00
46=Breeders' Cup SprintG112006fDSSANTA ANITAUSA3+ 118.00
46=Coolmore Nunthorpe StakesG110005fTSYORKGB2+ 118.00
46=Dubai World Cup Sponsored by Emirates AirlineG12000 DIMEYDANUAE4+ 118.00
46=Japan Cup in association with LONGINES - Deep Impact MemorialG12400 TLTOKYOJPN3+ 118.00
46=Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford ReserveG120001 1/4DICHURCHILL DOWNSUSA3yo 118.00
46=L'Ormarins Queen's PlateG11600 TMKENILWORTHSAF3+ 118.00
46=PFD Food Services Makybe Diva StakesG11600 TMFLEMINGTONAUS3+ 118.00
46=Qatar Goodwood CupG132002TEGOODWOODGB3+ 118.00
55=Arlington MillionG120001 1/4TIARLINGTONUSA3+ 117.75
55=LONGINES Hong Kong CupG12000 TISHA TINHK3+ 117.75
55=QIPCO 2000 GuineasG116001TMNEWMARKETGB3yo 117.75
55=St James's Palace StakesG116001TMASCOTGB3yo 117.75
59= Mile ChampionshipG11600 TMKYOTOJPN3+ 117.50
59=Awesome Again StakesG118001 1/8DMSANTA ANITAUSA3+ 117.50
59=Black Caviar Lightning StakesG11000 TSFLEMINGTONAUS3+ 117.50
59=Comer Group International Irish St LegerG128001 3/4TECURRAGHIRE3+ 117.50
59=De Bortoli Wines Golden RoseG11400 TMROSEHILLAUS3yo 117.50
59=New Zealand Bloodstock Memsie StakesG11400 TMCAULFIELDAUS3+ 117.50
59=Osaka HaiG12000 TIHANSHINJPN4+ 117.50
59=Queen Anne StakesG116001TMASCOTGB4+ 117.50
59=Queen Elizabeth II Stakes Sponsored by QIPCOG116001TMASCOTGB3+ 117.50 Haskell Invitational G118001 1/8DMMONMOUTH PARKUSA3yo 117.50
59=Warwick (Winx)G11400 TMRANDWICKAUS3yo+ 117.50
59=World Sports Betting Champions CupG11800 TMGREYVILLESAF3+ 117.50
59=Yulong Futurity StakesG11400 TMCAULFIELDAUS3+ 117.50
72=Darley July CupG112006fTSNEWMARKETGB3+ 117.25
72=QIPCO British Champions SprintG112006fTSASCOTGB3+ 117.25
72=QIPCO Prix du Jockey ClubG12100 TICHANTILLYFR3yo 117.25
72=Santa Anita Handicap presented by San Manuel Indian Bingo & CasinoG120001 1/4DISANTA ANITAUSA4+ 117.25
72=Seppelt Wines Newmarket HandicapG11200 TSFLEMINGTONAUS3+ 117.25
72=TAB Doomben 10,000G11200 TSDOOMBENAUS3+ 117.25
72=Tenno Sho (Spring)G13200 TEKYOTOJPN4+ 117.25
79=Centenary Sprint CupG11200 TSSHA TINHK3+ 117.00
79=Grand Prix de Saint-CloudG12400 TLSAINT-CLOUDFR4+ 117.00
79=Manhattan StakesG120001 1/4TIBELMONT PARKUSA4+ 117.00
79=Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational StakesG119001 1/8TIGULFSTREAM PARKUSA3+ 117.00
79=Prix du Haras de Fresnay-le-Buffard - Jacques Le MaroisG11600 TMDEAUVILLEFR3+ 117.00
79=Qatar Sussex StakesG116001TMGOODWOODGB3+ 117.00
79=Ranvet StakesG12000 TIROSEHILLAUS3+ 117.00
79=Runhappy Travers StakesG120001 1/4DISARATOGAUSA3yo 117.00
79=Standard Chartered Champions & Chater CupG12400 TLSHA TINHK3+ 117.00
79=Vodacom Durban July HandicapG12200 TLGREYVILLESAF3+ 117.00
89= Ladbrokes Caulfield StakesG12000 TICAULFIELDAUS3+ 116.75
89=Alfred G. Vanderbilt HandicapG112006fDSSARATOGAUSA3+ 116.75
89=Champions CupG11800 DMCHUKYOJPN3+ 116.75
89=Darley Yorkshire OaksG124001 1/2TLYORKGB3+F&M116.75
89=Investec Coronation CupG124001 1/2TLEPSOM DOWNSGB4+ 116.75
89=LONGINES Grosser Preis von BerlinG12400 TLHOPPEGARTENGER3+ 116.75
89=The Star Doncaster Mile HandicapG11600 TMRANDWICKAUS3+ 116.75
96=Charter Keck Cramer Moir StakesG11000 TSMOONEE VALLEYAUS3+ 116.50
96=Fourstardave HandicapG116001TMSARATOGAUSA3+ 116.50
96=LONGINES Breeders' Cup DistaffG118001 1/8DMSANTA ANITAUSA3+F&M116.50
96=LONGINES Grosser Preis von BadenG12400 TLBADEN BADENGER3+ 116.50
96=Man O' War StakesG122001 3/8TLBELMONT PARKUSA3+ 116.50
96=Tattersalls Irish 2000 GuineasG116001TMCURRAGHIRE3yo 116.50