The nominations for the 28th annual Cartier Racing Awards were unveiled on Sunday, Nov.
Horses trained by John Gosden in Newmarket have gained the Cartier Horse of the Year Award three times in the last four years – Kingman (2014), Golden Horn (2015) and Enable (2017).
Britain's champion Flat trainer holds a very strong hand again, being responsible for four of the five nominations for the 2018 Cartier Horse of the Year – Cracksman, Enable, Roaring Lion and Stradivarius.
Thus brilliant 4-year-old filly Enable, winner of the G1 Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe for the second year and the G1 Longines Breeders' Cup, could become the third horse to win the Cartier Horse Of The Year Award twice, following on from Frankel (2011 & 2012) and Ouija Board (2004 & 2006).
She faces very stiff competition for her stable companions. Superb 4-year-old Frankel colt Cracksman, the 2017 Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt, was the runaway victor of the G1 QIPCO British Champion Stakes for the second consecutive year last month, while sensational three-year-old colt Roaring Lion captured four G1s, the Coral-Eclipse, the Juddmonte International, the QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes and the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (sponsored by QIPCO).
Tremendous 4-year-old Sea The Stars colt Stradivarius dominated the stayers' races, winning on all five of his starts this year. His tally include three G2 victories and two G1s, the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot and the Qatar Goodwood Cup.
The 2018 Cartier Horse of the Year nominations are completed by the wonderful Mastercraftsman filly Alpha Centauri, who collected four G1 prizes – the Tattersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas, the Coronation Stakes, the Tattersalls Falmouth Stakes and the Prix du Haras de Fresnay-le-Buffard Jacques le Marois – for trainer Jessica Harrington before injury ended her racing career.
The 28th Cartier Racing Awards will be presented at a glittering ceremony before an invited audience of approaching 300 at the Dorchester Hotel, London, England, on the evening of Tuesday, November 13.
European horseracing's equivalent of the Oscars are delivered through a tried and tested combination of points earned by horses in Pattern races (30%), combined at the end of season with the opinions of a panel of racing journalists/handicappers (35%) and votes from readers of Racing Post and The Daily Telegraph plus ITV Racing viewers (35%).
The longstanding and prestigious awards were established in 1991 to reward excellence in horseracing. There are eight equine awards, ranging from the Cartier Horse Of The Year to the Cartier Two-Year-Old Colt and Cartier Two-Year-Old Filly.
The nominations for each of the equine awards, in alphabetical order, are as follows:
Cartier Horse Of The Year
Cartier Older Horse
Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt
Sands Of Mali
Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly
Sea Of Class
Sands Of Mali
Cartier Two-Year-Old Colt
Too Darn Hot
Cartier Two-Year-Old Filly
In addition to the eight equine awards, the Cartier/Daily Telegraph Award of Merit goes to the person or persons who, in the opinion of the special 15-strong Cartier Jury, has/have done the most for European racing and/or breeding either over their lifetime or within the past 12 months. The 10 latest recipients have been Sir Michael Stoute, Aidan O'Brien, Jack Berry, Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Jim Bolger, Team Frankel, Barry Hills, Richard Hannon, John Oxx and Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
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