Italian-born Dettori was awarded the honour in recognition for his exceptional achievements throughout the year during a ceremony at the gala dinner of the Longines Hong Kong International Races, held at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre.
The Longines World’s Best Jockey Award is a proud joint initiative of Longines and the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA) and is based upon performances in the 100 highest-rated Group 1 and Grade 1 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, six points for placing second, and four points for placing third.
Dettori won five of the qualifying races, while finishing second four times and third four times. Overall, he accumulated 100 points to take the title, and he had the most top three finishes of any jockey in the world.
Four of Dettori’s five victories - the Investec Derby, Coral-Eclipse, QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes, and Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe - came aboard European Horse of the Year Golden Horn, while the fifth came at Royal Ascot with Undrafted in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes.
Other Group 1 victories to Dettori’s credit in 2015 included the Prix de Diane Longines, Darley Prix Morny, and Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes.
Dettori, famous for his jumping dismount after a victory, was rewarded with a model from The Longines Master Collection in 18k rose gold, featuring a moonphase display.
The winning jockey was also presented a crystal vase “Gingko Apollo Extra”, which will be engraved with his name, next to the inaugural winner of the Longines World’s Best Jockey Award, British jockey Ryan Moore.
Longines vice president Juan-Carlos Capelli and IFHA Chairman Louis Romanet presented the award to Dettori.
“Rewarding excellence in equestrian sports is a way for Longines to promote our core values, which are tradition, elegance and performance,” said Capelli.
“Jockeys are incredible athletes, their amazing skills are impressive and they deserve to be recognised for their talent.”
“Frankie Dettori is one of the stars of the racing world,” said Romanet. “His ride in the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe on Golden Horn was an absolute masterpiece. Furthermore, his consistency during the course of the year was remarkable. He is a deserving winner.”
Moore and Victor Espinoza, who piloted American Pharoah to Triple Crown glory, tied for second, finishing with 90 points each.
Maxime Guyon finished in fourth place with 88 points, Javier Castellano finished in fifth place with 86 points, James McDonald finished in sixth place with 82 points, Joel Rosario finished in seventh place with 60 points, Tommy Berry finished in eighth place with 56 points, Hugh Bowman finished in ninth place with 54 points, and Christophe Soumillon finished in 10th with 52 points.