For the third time in four years, the Longines World’s Best Horse Race award was given to the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in 2018.
France Galop President Edouard de Rothschild was in London this Wednesday, January 23rd, to accept the award. The first four finishers of the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in 2018 were Enable, Sea Of Class, Cloth Of Stars, and Waldgeist. The Arc also won the award in 2017 and was the inaugural winner of the Longines World’s Best Horse Race Award in 2015.
The Longines World’s Best Horse Race award recognizes the best-rated race of the highest-rated Group 1 international races as established by a panel of international handicappers. The ratings of the top four finishers in each race serve as basis for the assessment.
The Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe won by defending champion Enable has thus achieved a rating of 125.0 pounds (or 56.6 kilos). The Prix Ganay (Gr1), whose prizemoney had been doubled in 2018 on inauguration day at ParisLongchamp, is also part of the first ten races in the world on turf with a rating of 122.25 pounds, which places it in fourth position in Europe. Its winner, Cracksman, is indeed the best horse of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, tied for the world ranking with the Australian mare Winx, who has never left her country.
The Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe showcases French racing
Since its creation in 1920, the « Arc » has been recognised as one of the biggest sporting challenges in the world. The world’s best thoroughbreds, ridden by the best jockeys, come to France for this mythical race!
Thanks to prize-money of 5 Million Euros, which makes it one of the richest events of the sport, the winner will become a legend. A winner of the Arc is extremely valuable at stud as he will ensure the improvement of the breed.
2019 : Champion mare Enable aims 3rd triumph
In 2016 and 2017, the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe was run at Chantilly, but it returned to its home course at ParisLongchamp last year, in brand new surroundings.
It did not however disturb Enable, who had won at Chantilly in 2017 and succeeded again in 2018.
Her connections are now looking for a treble, which has never been achieved since the race was created, 99 years ago. It’s a challenge that is not going to scare her jockey Frankie Dettori, the only rider to have won this event six times.
See you at ParisLongchamp on October 6th, 2019 for the biggest sporting challenge on the planet! #GoEnable #QPAT
Inside the 2018 Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe :
With Antoine Hamelin and Louis d’Or : https://youtu.be/WPSIwHMgfhs
With Olivier Peslier and Patascoy : https://youtu.be/LnwYu2PoAyI
Video of the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe 2018 : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cC51_DA4GKc