He’s the greatest … again! Frankie Dettori lands World’s Best Jockey prize for third year in a row

Horse Racing Frankie Dettori jockey winner of World's Best Jockey award
Frankie Dettori: winner of the Longines World’s Best Jockey title for the third year in a row. Photo: Francesca Altoft for Longines/IFHA

Frankie Dettori is Longines World’s Best Jockey for 2020 – the third consecutive year the legendary rider has won the award and the fourth in all, as he also took the title in 2015.

Dettori won five of the world’s top 100 G1 races to take the competition, with his qualifying victories coming in the Gold Cup (Stradivarius), St James’s Palace Stakes (Palace Pier), King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Qipco Stakes (Enable), Al Shaqab Goodwood Cup (Stradivarius), and Prix du Haras de Fresnay‐le‐Buffard ‐ Jacques Le Marois (Palace Pier).  

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Enable and Frankie Dettori after their King George win at Ascot. Photo: Qipco British Champions Series

Scoring rewards jockeys for finishing in the top three in qualifying races, giving Dettori a total of 102 points on the year. He has also been #1 in the Thoroughbred Racing Commentary’s Global Rankings for an extended period.

In the Longines IFHA award, Dettori narrowly defeated Ryan Moore, the 2014 and 2016 winner, who finished this year with 98 points. William Buick was third with 66 and Irad Ortiz was just behind in fourth with 64.

The title is based on the 100 highest-rated Group 1 and Grade 1 races of the year, established by the Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings committee, and jockeys get 12 points for a win, six for a second and four for third.

Horse Racing Stradivarius fourth Goodwood Cup Frankie Dettori
Stradivarius wins a historic fourth Goodwood Cup under Frankie Dettori. Photo: Racenews

Dettori is the only four-time winner of the award, which was established in 2014.

In recent years a ceremony has been held to honour the winner during the gala dinner of the Longines Hong Kong International Races in December, but due to the pandemic the in-person event will not take place this year.

Dettori will be honoured in mid-January when the 2020 Longines World’s Best Racehorse and Longines World’s Best Horse Race winners are announced.

Find out more about the Longines World’s Best Jockey competition at the IFHA site

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