Broken Down U.S. Stallion Edges Winx for Longines Award

You might expect precision from one of the world’s top watchmakers, Longines, but the accuracy of their timepieces is called into question when they fail at the obvious task of declaring the world’s best racehorses and jockeys.

They picked Hugh Bowman for jockey, and we are willing to give Longines the benefit of the doubt on that one. Bowman won 16 Group 1 races in 2017, compared to 21 for England’s Ryan Moore. Twenty-one is more than 16, but the subjectivity comes into play when you consider the fact that, according to Longines, the rankings involve parameters including the level of the races, along with the distance and surface.

Perhaps that explains why a horse that runs on dirt would come out ahead of Winx, despite the fact that Arrogate hardly ever works and given his recent outing in California, he is destined for kids’ birthday parties and posing for selfies in the members’.

Apparently, then, running twice a year on dirt means more than eight races on turf.

Ranting disposed of; we want to acknowledge Bowman, if only for the fact that he gave credit where credit was due for the year he had, although he did win 10 of his Group 1s on other horses.

Bowman was the first Australian jockey to win the Longines award. He received a really snazzy watch and a flower vase.

In his remarks to the press, Bowman said, “I really don’t see how you can judge one top jockey from another. I think there’s so many variables that come into the equation. This year, one of those variables is a horse called Winx, which has helped my cause.”

Bowman did perform under a variety of on conditions. He won in Hong Kong and won twice on another mare, Bonneval. He won twice in Japan as well.

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