FLAT RACING, A PASSION FOR PERFORMANCE
Tradition, elegance and performance : the values upheld by Longines’ master watchmakers for over 185 years and reflected in the brand’s involvement in flat racing since 1878. Flat racing is a worldwide sport which, for a few tense moments, raises the spectators’ pulse to echo the drumming of galloping hooves. Sharing this passion, Longines has taken on the role of Official Partner and Timekeeper for many races and racecourses all around the world. Discover a range of prestigious equestrian events where the watch brand will be making an appearance.
There is simply nothing like the White Turf races at St. Moritz, where noble Thoroughbreds gallop head to head across the frozen lake of the famous Swiss alpine resort. This long-standing horse racing event has thrilled crowds since 1907, drawing over 35,000 spectators every year. Incidentally, Longines was timekeeper for the White Turf races in the early 1960’s. On three Sundays of February each year, the enthusiastic audience is kept enthralled by a succession of flat, trotting and skijoring races. Longines is the Official Timekeeper and Official Watch of this highlight of the winter sporting calendar.
The HH The Emir’s Trophy presented by Longines is a Group 1 race open to Thoroughbreds 3 years and over and is among the most remarkable of the Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club events. It is run over a distance of 2400 m (around 1.5 miles) and, along with the no less prestigious HH The Emir’s Sword, is a main feature of the Qatar International Equestrian Festival.
This international Group 1 race, the largest in Latin America, is organised in different countries across this area each year. It is organised by OSAF, the Organización Sudamericana de Fomento del Pura Sangre de Carrera, whose Official Partner is Longines. This prestigious institution is particularly dedicated to promoting and developing equestrian races and breeding in Latin America.
The first running of the Longines Golden Slipper took place in the year 1957. This race is a 1200 metre Group 1 sprint for 2 year old Thoroughbred horses, and is the richest in its category. Held at the Rosehill Gardens racecourse in Sydney, New South Wales, and known as the “Jewel in the Crown”, the Longines Golden Slipper Race is one of Australia’s biggest and most respected equestrian events and is held as part of the prestigious Longines Golden Slipper Carnival.
As unique as it is prestigious, the Dubai World Cup Carnival comprises eleven days of racing from January to the end of March, culminating in Dubai World Cup day, which includes around ten races. The highlight of the day is the World Cup race itself, preceded notably by the Longines Dubai Sheema Classic both Group 1 races. This event is a major fixture in the world of flat racing and one of the most popular worldwide.
This unique event, organised by the Meydan Group, is run at the heart of mainland China on the Jinma Lake racecourse. This race day comprises the Chengdu Dubai International Cup presented by Longines, which is 2200 m long.
The Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes is a popular 2000 m Group 1 race that takes place at the Royal Randwick Racecourse in Sydney, Australia. Formed in 1851 under the name of Queen’s Plate, the race was renamed after a visit from Queen Elizabeth II in 1954. In 2013, the Australian Turf Club formed “ The Championships ”, a series of races that take place in the autumn, the most important race being the Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes. It is the richest 2000 m turf race in the world.
Created in 1875, following the example of the Kentucky Derby, the Longines Kentucky Oaks is a Group 1 race for 3-year old fillies run over
9 furlongs (approximately 1810 m). This is an unofficial “ ladies’ day ” and is famous for its splash of colour – pink in particular, according to the tradition of “ Pink Out ! ”. Longines is all about elegance of course as the Title Partner for this event and is presenting the competition for the most elegant lady of the day, the Longines Kentucky Oaks Fashion Contest.
The first Derby took place in the year 1875. Today, 140 years later, the Kentucky Derby is a 1.25 miles course (approx. 2012 m) intended for 3-year old Thoroughbreds. Taking place on the first Saturday in May at the Churchill Downs racecourse, it is the crowning event of the two-week Kentucky Derby Festival. Almost 170,000 spectators attend the race, which is also known as the “most exciting two minutes in sport”. The Longines Churchill Distaff Turf Mile race takes place on the same day.
Inaugurated in 1867, the Belmont Stakes is a prestigious Group 1
horse race open to 3-year-old Thoroughbreds and held annually
in Belmont, New York. Dubbed the “Test of the Champion”, the 2400-metre-long Belmont Stakes is one of the longest races on the American circuit to be run on dirt.
Created in 2004, the Longines President’s Cup is the most important annual equestrian competition for Thoroughbreds in Russia. This event takes place at the Central Moscow Hippodrome – founded in 1834,
it is the largest horseracing track centre in Russia – and attracts each year the attention of horse breeders as well as politicians or prominent businessmen. The race is graded Group 1 and run on 2400 m.
Created in 1843, this 2100 m Group 1 race is the world’s top race for fillies. The Prix de Diane Longines is held at the Chantilly racecourse, a focus of sport and beauty, against the magnificent background of the famous Chantilly Castle. It is without question one of the best known and most glamorous equestrian events in the world.