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International Award of Merit, Yutaka Take, IFHA, 2017
2017-12-11
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Yutaka Take to Receive the 2017 Longines and IFHA International Award of Merit

Juan-Carlos Capelli, Vice President of Longines and Head of International Marketing, as well as Louis Romanet, Chairman of the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA), and Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges, the Chief Executive Officer of the Hong Kong Jockey Club, will take part in the award ceremony. As the Official Partner and Official Watch of the IFHA, Swiss watchmaker Longines and the IFHA conjointly created the Award of Merit in 2013 in order to honor public figures for their outstanding contribution to the world of horse racing.

A legend in Japan, Take made his riding debut in 1987.  As of 11 December 2017, the Japan Racing Association credits him with 3,940 wins, of which 322 came in graded stakes, while 74 have come in Grade 1. Take has won at least one Grade 1 for 23 straight years and a graded stakes race for 31 consecutive years. He also has the most victories in a year, 212, as well as the most earned prize money in a single year, with that figure standing at ¥4,414,042,000 (about USD$38,931,850).

"It is a great honor to receive such a prestigious award," said Take. "As a jockey, I am happy to fly with a saddle back and forth locally as well as internationally as requested. It doesn't matter if there is a difference in the rules and language, I have been riding the same way everywhere, and therefore did not recognize that I was making a contribution to the achievement and improvement of global horse racing. If my attitude to horse racing has delivered me international recognition with this award, I will make a continuous effort to the development of global horse racing."

Born in 1969, Take followed in his father’s footsteps, as Kunihiko Take was also a famed jockey. In 1987, the younger Take notched his first career victory at Hanshin Racecourse aboard a horse named Dyna Bishop. He ended the season as the champion apprentice with 69 winners. Two years later, he was the overall champion jockey, and Take held that title continuously until 1999, with the exception of 1991.

Although Take has ridden a number of champions, he is most associated with legendary racehorse and champion sire Deep Impact. The pair won a total of seven Grade 1 races, including the 2005 Japanese Triple Crown, and Deep Impact has gone on to be the premier sire in Japan. Currently, Take is known for riding Kitasan Black, the reigning Japanese Horse of the Year, whose final race will come in the Arima Kinen.

Take has also shown his abilities abroad. He has over 100 wins to his credit in eight different countries, including Australia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Korea, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and the United States. A sampling of his international victories includes Group 1 wins in the Prix d'Ispahan (France), July Cup (England), Hong Kong Cup (Hong Kong), and Dubai Duty Free Stakes (UAE).

Previous winners of the Longines and IFHA International Award of Merit include the Romanet family, Jim Bolger, Alec Head, Seth Hancock, and the late Marcel Zarour Atanacio.

 

About the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA):

The International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA) is the world peak body for the international sport of Thoroughbred racing. Its 60 members are the national racing authorities across the globe which stage Thoroughbred races.

Major areas of the IFHA’s activities include:

   - Making and amending the International Agreement on Breeding, Racing and Wagering (the IABRW)
   - Policy development relating to welfare and safety of horses and riders
   - International Race Planning and Grading (“black type”)
   - World Rankings
   - Equine Prohibited Substances and Practices
   - Harmonization of Race Day Rules
   - Fostering commercial development of the racing industry globally

The IFHA is a foundation member with Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) of the International Horse Sports Confederation and is affiliated to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).

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2017-12-11
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Australian Hugh Bowman receives the 2017 Longines World’s Best Jockey Award in Hong Kong

After dominating for the majority of the season, Australia’s Hugh Bowman claimed the “2017 Longines World’s Best Jockey” award, which was presented to him tonight during the Longines International Hong Kong Races Gala Dinner. Besides this prestigious title, Bowman received an elegant Longines timepiece as well as a replica of the crystal vase which will be engraved with his name, alongside the previous winners, Ryan L. Moore and Lanfranco “Frankie” Dettori, who incidentally finished second and third in this year’s competition.

The Australian jockey won 10 of the world’s Top 100 Group/Grade 1 races, and six of those victories came aboard Winx, who was celebrated as the third-highest rated racehorse in the world in 2016 and is currently the highest rated turf horse in the world in the 2017 Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings. Amongst Bowman’s great wins, five races were timed by Longines, including the Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Royal Randwick and the Japan Cup in association with Longines at Tokyo Racecourse, which secured Bowman the victory for the 2017 “Longines World Best Jockey” title.

The Longines World’s Best Jockey Award is a proud joint initiative of Longines and the IFHA.  It is based upon performances in the 100 highest-rated Group/Grade 1 international races as 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, 6 points for placing second, and 4 points for placing third.

The prestigious gala dinner of the Longines Hong Kong International Races also served as the perfect occasion for the Swiss watch brand to present its new TV Spot featuring Longines Ambassador and Asian superstar Eddie Peng, who will be attending the races for the second time, after his presence during the 2014 edition. The TV spot highlights the Official Watch of the event, a model from the Record collection. Combining classic elegance and excellence, this line aspires to become the spearheads of the brand.

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Longines Masters of Paris;Show Jumping;Daniel Deusser winner;Chi Ling Lin
2017-12-11
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Daniel Deusser reigned supreme at the Longines Masters of Paris

After four days of intense competition, the Longines Masters of Paris ended this Sunday afternoon at the Parc des Expositions Paris-Nord Villepinte. As the Title Partner and the Official Timekeeper of the Longines Masters series, the Swiss watch brand Longines was proud to lend its name to two key competitions of the weekend. The Longines Grand Prix, which took place on Sunday afternoon, was won hands down by Daniel Deusser riding Cornet d’Amour. Simon Delestre on Hermes Ryan and Lauren Hough on Ohlala reached the second and third step of the podium respectively. On Friday night, French rider Julien Epaillard on Cristallo A LM finished first at the Longines Speed Challenge ahead of Kevin Staut riding Ayade de Septon et HDC and Lorenzo de Luca riding Limestone Grey. In addition, Longines has also been for the first time Founding Partner of the Riders Masters Cup, an innovative show-jumping competition that pits the two major equestrian powers, the United States and Europe, against each other in a never before seen transatlantic battle.

Longines has chosen this prestigious event in the show jumping calendar for the French launch of its new model Conquest V.H.P. “Very High Precision”, which represents a new achievement in the field of quartz, combining great precision, high technicality and a sporty look, marked by the brand’s unique elegance. Equipped with an exclusive movement renowned for its high degree of precision for an analog watch (± 5 s/yr) and its ability to reset its hands after an impact or exposure to a magnetic field, using the GPD (gear position detection) system, the Conquest V.H.P. has thus positioned itself as the standard-bearer of extreme precision.

This event combining glamour and top-level sport performances was also a good opportunity for the winged hourglass brand to invite two of its Longines Ambassadors of Elegance. The actress and model Chi Ling Lin took advantage of her visit to the French capital to stop at the Longines shop at the Printemps Haussmann and participate in a meet and greet with her fans, before attending the Longines Speed Challenge at the Parc des Expositions Paris-Nord Villepinte. On her side, jumping rider Jane Richard attended the French launch of The Conquest V.H.P. at the Faubourg St-Honoré Longines Boutique.

The elegance of the heart was also at the center of this first stage of the Longines Masters. Indeed, Longines and EEM have supported the association "Sur les Bancs de l’Ecole" and handed the official check combining all the donations received during the event. This association, of which Longines is the Honorary Patron during the Longines Masters of Paris, helps children affected by autism. The program specifically developed for this occasion is based on interaction between children and horses and helps them to have a normal life and a chance of making their dreams come true.  

In addition, the Swiss watch brand also supported JustWorld International, through the "Longines Clear the Jump" activity realized during the Longines Grand Prix. On this occasion, 200 meals were offered each time the Longines jumps were cleared. Thanks to this action, Longines helped to offer 5000 meals to the beneficiaries of JustWorld International's actions. Since the beginning of the partnership, donations from Longines have funded more than 140,000 meals for some of the most vulnerable children in the world.

After a particularly successful start to the season, the Longines Masters will continue from February 9 to 11, 2018 in Hong Kong, before ending – for the first time in their history – in New York, from April 26 to 29, 2018.

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Longines Hong Kong International Races; Horse Racing; 2017
2017-12-11
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Longines Hong Kong International Races 2017

The Swiss watch brand Longines was proud to return for the 6th consecutive year as Title Partner and Official Timekeeper of the Longines Hong Kong International Races, one of the most exciting climaxes of the international horseracing year. Longines had the pleasure to reward the winners of the four international Group 1 races with elegant Longines timepieces. Highland Reel ridden by 2014 and 2016 Longines World’s Best Jockey Ryan Moore claimed the Longines Hong Kong Vase (2400m), while Mr Stunning led by Nash Rawiller triumphed in the Longines Hong Kong Sprint (1200m). The Longines Hong Kong Mile (1600m) saw the victory of Beauty Generation and Derek Leung Ka-chun. As for the much-anticipated Longines Hong Kong Cup (2000m), it was won by Time Warp led by Zac Purton, winner of the 2017 Longines International Jockeys’ Championship on Wednesday.

 

This year, the spectators had another surprise to look forward to with the presence at the races of Longines Ambassador Eddie Peng. Perfectly reflecting the brand’s motto “Elegance is an Attitude”, the Taiwanese actor presented the Longines Prize for Elegance, which rewards the lady in attendance with the most stylish look. Earlier that day, the Taiwanese actor Eddie Peng paid a visit to Longines’ Star House boutique, where he could meet his fans and sign some autographs. In addition, he received the Official Watch of the Longines Hong Kong International Races, a model from the Record Collection, aspiring to become the spearheads of the brand. Besides, this timepiece, which combines classic elegance and excellence, as well as Eddie Peng, are featured in the brand’s latest TV spot, currently broadcast in the entire Asian continent.

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LHKIR Gala Dinner + World Best Jockey Awards; Horse Racing; 2017
2017-12-11
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Longines World’s Best Jockey Award

Creating a build-up to the Longines Hong Kong International Races, the Longines International Jockey’s Championship each year invites twelve world-class jockeys from all over the globe to take part in four intense rounds of racing. The jockey accumulating the biggest score is crowned the winner of the championship. With 24 points, Zac Purton claimed the coveted title, taking home the first prize as well as a Longines timepiece. Silvestre de Sousa finished second with 18 points, followed by Pierre-Charles Boudot with 16 points.
The Longines International Jockey’s Championship is not the only occasion to celebrate the jockeys this week, as will take place on Friday December 8, during the annual Longines Hong Kong International Races Gala dinner, the “Longines World’s Best Jockey Award” ceremony. This prize, a proud initiative from Longines and the IFHA, honours the jockey who has scored the most points throughout the year in the 100 highest-rated Group One and Grade One races, from 1 December 2016 to 30 November 2017.

As the Title Partner and Official Timekeeper of Longines International Jockeys’ Championship, the Swiss watch brand was proud to highlight its new Record collection, launched at the occasion of the brand’s 185th anniversary. Combining classic elegance and excellence and aspiring to become the spearheads of the brand, these timepieces house a movement which includes a single-crystal silicon balance spring with unique properties – a first for Longines. In addition, it is certified as a “chronometer” by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC).

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Longines FEI World Cup Western European League - Casa Novas - Winter Festival; Jumping; 2017
2017-12-11
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Longines FEI World Cup Western European League - Casa Novas - Winter Festival

On 10 December 2017, Australia’s rider Edwina Tops-Alexander on California finished first at the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping competition in La Coruña, of which Longines is the Official Partner, Timekeeper and Watch. Max Kühner (AUT) on Chardonnay 79 arrived second followed by Manuel Fernandez Saro (ESP) on Cuidam. This international show jumping event held at the Northern Spain’s Casas Novas was also the occasion for the spectators to attend another highlight of the weekend: The Longines Grand Prix, which took place on Friday night. Egyptian rider Sameh El Dahan riding Suma’s Zorro were the great winners of this competition followed by Carlos Enrique Lopez Lizarazo (COL) on Cuplandra and Jos Verlooy (BEL) on Igor. Edwina Tops-Alexander and Sameh El Dahan were granted an elegant Longines timepiece as a reward for their great win.

 

Besides, this exciting sport event was also the opportunity for Longines to present as the Official Watch, its new model: the Conquest V.H.P. “Very High Precision”. This timepiece represents a new achievement in the field of quartz, combining great precision, high technicality and a sporty look, marked by the brand’s unique elegance.

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