This evening marked the announcement of the 2015 Cartier Horse Racing Awards, the European equivalent of the American Eclipse Awards.
Golden Horn (Cape Cross – Fleche d'Or by Dubai Destination) was named both Horse of the Year and 3-Year-Old Colt. Owned by Anthony Oppenheimer and trained by John Gosden, Golden Horn most recently finished second in the Breeders' Cup Turf in the United States. This capped off a season that saw him win six of eight starts, including four Grade/Group Ones. Golden Horn was bred by Hascombe and Valiant Studs. He has been retired to stand at Sheikh Mohammed Dalham Hall Stud in Newmarket.
Champion Older Horse went to Solow (Singspiel – High Maintenance by Highest Honor). The 5-year-old is owned and bred by Alain and Gerard Wertheimer and trained by Freddy Head. His season was highlighted by a win on World Cup Day in Dubai.
Champion Sprinter went to Muhaarar (Oasis Dream – Tahrir by Linamix). The 3-year-old colt was bred by Shadwell Estate Co., is owned by Sheikh Hamdan and is trained by Charlie Hills.
Champion 3-Year-Old Filly went to Legatissimo (Danehill Dancer – Yummy Mummy by Montjeu). Bred by Newsells Park Stud, she is owned by Michael Tabor, Sue Magnier and Derrick Smith. Trainer David Wachman primed her to run second in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf this year.
Champion 2-Year-Old Colt went to Keeneland sales graduate Air Force Blue (War Front – Chatham by Maria's Mon). Bred by Stone Farm, the colt sold as a yearling for $490,000. He is currently owned by Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor, and Derrick Smith, and is trained by Aidan O'Brien.
Champion 2-Year-Old Filly went to Minding (Galileo – Lillie Langtry by Danehill Dancer). She was bred by Chelston and Wynatt Orpendale, and is also owned by the trio of Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier and Michael Tabor and trained by Aidan O'Brien.
Champion Stayer went to Simple Verse (Duke of Marmalade – Guantanamera by Sadler's Wells). The 3-year-old filly is owned by Qatar Racing/Sheikh Suhaim Al Thani/Mohammed Al Kubaisi and trained by Ralph Beckett. She was bred by Barronstown Stud.
Finally, the Cartier/Daily Telegraph Award of Merit went to Jack Berry. It is awarded to the individual who has done the most for European racing and/or breeding either over their lifetime or within the past 12 months.
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