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Goldikova is Cartier Horse Of The Year

Goldikova, undeniably the outstanding champion of recent times, is tonight named Cartier Horse Of The Year at the 2010 Cartier Racing Awards, and the exceptional racemare also receives the Cartier Older Horse Award for the second year running.

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The awards are announced for the 20th year running before an invited audience of 350 on the evening of Tuesday, November 16, 2010, at the Dorchester Hotel in Mayfair, London, England.

The brilliant five-year-old enjoyed a stellar season as she won five Group/Grade One races, including a sensational and unprecedented third TVG Breeders’ Cup Mile at Churchill Downs, USA, on November 6, for trainer Freddy Head, jockey Oliver Peslier and her sporting owner/breeders, Alain & Gerard Wertheimer

Goldikova stays in training next year and could add to her record-breaking total of 12 Group/Grade One triumphs by a European-based horse. Her European victories this season came in the Prix d’Ispahan, Queen Anne Stakes, Prix Rothschild and Prix de la Foret, while her only defeat was a runner-up finish on very soft ground behind the talented Classic-winning three-year-old colt Makfi.

Famous for an electric burst of speed that none of her rivals possess, Goldikova is the darling of European racing and is the first horse to receive the Cartier Older Horse Award more than once.

Workforce wins the Derby by 7 lengths

In the outstanding Cartier Horse Of The Year category, Goldikova dominated over Investec Derby and Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe hero Workforce, triple Group One-winning miler Canford Cliffs, sensational King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (sponsored by Betfair) victor Harbinger,who had to retire after that race following an injury, and Twice Over, successful in the Coral-Eclipse Stakes and Emirates Airline Champion Stakes.

Goldikova took the spoils in the Cartier Older Horse category from Harbinger, Twice Over, this season’s triple Group One winner Midday and Juddmonte International Stakes winner Rip Van Winkle.

Workforce receives the Cartier Champion Three-Year-Old Colt Award in a tight photo-finish from Canford Cliffs, who was successful in the Abu Dhabi Irish 2,000 Guineas, St James’s Palace Stakes and Sussex Stakes, with the other nominations being the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby and impressive Tattersalls Millions Irish Champion Stakes victor Cape Blanco, Goldikova’s Prix Jacques Le Marois conqueror and 2,000 Guineas hero Makfi, and Prix Jean Prat winner Dick Turpin.

Snow Fairy

Snow Fairy

Snow Fairy, who gained two Classics and won a Japanese Group One impressively on Sunday, takes the Cartier Champion Three-Year-Old Filly Award ahead of Prix de Diane heroine Sarafina, 1,000 Guineas and Poule d’Essai des Pouliches winner Special Duty, Etihad Airways Falmouth Stakes scorer Music Show and Lillie Langtry, successful in the Coronation Stakes and Coolmore Fusaichi Pegasus Matron Stakes.

Frankel maintained his unbeaten status with a brilliant victory in a hot renewal of the Group One Dubai Dewhurst Stakes and clearly gains the Cartier Two-Year-Old Colt Award from Shadwell Middle Park Stakes and Darley Prix Morny winner Dream Ahead, Racing Post Trophy victor Casamento, Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere winner Wootton Bassett and Vincent O’Brien National Stakes hero Pathfork.

Dual Group One winner Misty For Me saw off strong rivalry to clinch the Cartier Champion Two-Year-Old Filly Award from Adnams Cheveley Park Stakes winner Hooray, Meon Valley Stud Fillies’ Mile heroine White Moonstone, Keeneland Debutante Stakes winner Laughing Lashes and Memory, successful in the Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Cherry Hinton Stakes.

Starspangledbanner landed from Australia in the spring and mopped up England’s high summer sprints and gains the Cartier Champion Sprinter Award. Speedy competition came from King’s Stand Stakes winner Equiano, Markab, who took the Betfred Sprint Cup at Haydock, shock Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes scorer Sole Power and the fast filly Lady Of The Desert.

Rite Of Passage made just one appearance on the Flat this year but impressed enough when winning the Ascot Gold Cup to pip Emirates Melbourne Cup winner Americain and dual Group One hero Gentoo in the Cartier Champion Stayer Award, followed by The Irish Field St Leger victor Sans Frontieres and classy French stayer Celtic Celeb.

Richard Hannon, the outstanding trainer who clinched a second British trainers’ title at the end of a remarkable 2010 season, has been voted this year’s Cartier/Daily Telegraph Award of Merit winner. The award is for the person or persons who, in the opinion of the special 18-strong Cartier Jury, has/have done most for European racing and/or breeding either over their lifetime or within the past 12 months.

The list of past winners of the Cartier/Daily Telegraph Award of Merit is as follows: John Oxx, Sheikh Mohmmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Niarchos Family, Peter Willett, Henry Cecil, David & Patricia Thompson, Lord Oaksey, Prince Khalid Abdulla, John Magnier, His Highness the Aga Khan, Peter Walwyn, the Head Family, Sir Peter O’Sullevan, Frankie Dettori, John Dunlop, the Marquess of Hartington, Francois Boutin, Lester Piggott and Henri Chalhoub.

The highly-coveted horse awards were determined by points earned in Pattern races during 2010, combined with the opinions of a panel of racing journalists headed by Brough Scott, plus votes from readers of the Racing Post and The Daily Telegraph, a system that over the years has accurately rewarded supreme excellence.

The Cartier Racing Awards were established in 1991 to recognise the achievements of racehorses in Europe.



Cartier Two-Year-Old Colt: Frankel
Cartier Two-Year-Old Filly: Misty For Me
Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt: Workforce
Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly: Snow Fairy
Cartier Sprinter: Starspangledbanner
Cartier Stayer: Rite Of Passage
Cartier Older Horse: Goldikova
Cartier Horse of the Year: Goldikova
Cartier/Daily Telegraph Award of Merit: Richard Hannon

Past winners at the Cartier Racing Awards

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