James McDonald proved unstoppable in the Longines World Championship 2022. He topped the leaderboards for most of the year, ultimately claiming the title with nine wins. Qualifiers on five different horses. The New Zealand-born racer is the second Australian to win the Longines World Driver’s Award, following the efforts of Hugh Bowman in 2017.
In 2022, McDonald’s won 9 of the world’s top 100 group or 1st place races, with his qualifying win being in the Black Caviar Lightning Stakes (G1) (internal affairs), TAB Chipping Norton Stakes (G1) (very elegant ), Sky Racing Active Rosehill Guineas (G1) (Anamoe), Furphy TJ Smith shares (G1) (Nature strip ), Schweppes All Aged Stakes (G1) (the falls ), Winx Stakes (G1) (Anamoe), Fujitsu General George Main Stakes (G1) (Anamoe), Neds Might And Power Stakes (G1) (Anamoe) and Ladbrokes WS Cox Plate (G1) (Anamoe).
McDonald, who finished third in the 2021 competition, took the award this year by an impressive 46 points. The scoring process rewards riders who finish in third, giving McDonald’s a total of 142 points for the year. Ryan Moore, a three-time Longines World Champion, is second with 96 points, while William Buick is third with 78 points.
Longines’ awarding of the World’s Best Equestrian title is based on performances in the 100 most highly regarded Group 1 and 1st races established by the Longines World Horse Ranking Committee of the year.
The full and final standings of the competition can be found at www.ifhaonline.org.
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