Ryan Moore Honored as Longines World’s Best Jockey

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Ryan Moore and the connections of Found after winning the Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf in 2015. (Eclipse Sportswire)

Ryan Moore dominated his competition for much of the year en route to winning the title of 2016 Longines World's Best Jockey. It is the second time in three years that the British jockey has won the award.

Moore won eight of the world's Top 100 Group or Grade 1 races to claim the title, and his victories came in five different countries aboard six different horses. They include the Longines Hong Kong Mile (Maurice), Longines Hong Kong Vase (Highland Reel), Dubai Turf Sponsored by DP World (Real Steel), King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes Sponsored by QIPCO (Highland Reel), Qatar Sussex Stakes (The Gurkha), Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Found), Queen Elizabeth II Stakes Sponsored by QIPCO (Minding), and Tenno Sho Autumn (Maurice).

The scoring process awards jockeys for finishing in the top three placings, and Moore was also second nine times and third four times in qualifying races. In all, that gave him a total of 166 points, by far the largest margin of victory since the award was created. Moore won the 2014 title with 94 points, while Frankie Dettori won in 2015 with 100 points.

Finishing second behind Moore in this year's competition was Christophe Soumillon with 98 points. Several of his qualifying victories came aboard Almanzor, Europe's champion 3-year-old colt. Hugh Bowman, the regular rider of Australia's star mare Winx, finished third with 94 points, and U.S.-based Javier Castellano finished fourth with 72 points. The full and final standings can be found here.

Moore will be recognized at a ceremony held during the gala dinner of the Longines Hong Kong International Races Dec. 9 at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre.

Ryan Moore and Found win the 2016 Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe

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