Danie Toerien: Zac Purton still tops the Longines World’s Best Jockey rankings on 88 points, having ridden seven winners and recording one third place in the world’s top 100 races.
The scoring for the award is based upon performances in the 100 highest-rated Group 1 and Grade 1 races established for the year by the Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings Committee.
The scoring incorporates races from 1 December of the previous year until 30 November of the current year. Jockeys accrue 12 points for a win, six points for placing second, and four points for placing third.
Hugh Bowman is in second position with 80 points. He has a record of four winners, four second places and two thirds.
Frankie Dettori is shooting up the rankings and now boasts 72 points after a remarkable two months in which he won six of the last nine races on the Longines 100 highest-rated list. Five of these races were in Britain and one in France.
South African Richard Fourie is in 10th spot with 30 points. It is highly unlikely that he will earn any more rankings points as all three of the South African Grade 1’s on the Longines list have been run – the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate, the Sun Met and the Rising Sun Gold Challenge.
Fourie won the first and last of these three and finished second in the Sun Met – all three times on Justin Snaith-trained Do It Again.
These rankings were finalised before the running yesterday of the Prix du Haras de Fresnay‐le‐Buffard ‐ Jacques Le Marois at Deauville in France.
There are still 39 races to go until the final race on the list, the Japan Cup in association with Longines, in Tokyo on 24 November.
Brazilian ace Joao Moreira is currently fourth on the log with 54 points.
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