Cartier Racing Awards
Cartier Racing Awards 2022
Wednesday 9th November


Baaeed was proclaimed the Cartier Horse of the Year at the 32nd Cartier Racing Awards during a glittering ceremony at the Dorchester Hotel in London. 

The son of 2009 Cartier Horse of the Year Sea The Stars is the first horse owned by Shadwell to receive the prestigious award following an outstanding season that yielded G1 wins in the Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes, Queen Anne Stakes, Qatar Sussex Stakes and Juddmonte International

Trained by William Haggas, Baaeed faced stiff opposition to claim the Cartier Horse of the Year accolade, with Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner Alpinista, four-time G1-winning stayer Kyprios and Highfield Princess, who captured three G1 sprints in 2022, also nominated. 


Baaeed is crowned the Cartier Older Horse as well, coming out on top over Alpinista, his QIPCO Champion Stakes conqueror Bay Bridge and Kinross, successful in the Qatar Prix de la Foret and QIPCO British Champions Sprint. 

Vadeni becomes the third horse owned by His Highness the Aga Khan to take the Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt award following Sinndar (2000) and Dalakhani (2003). The Churchill colt, who is trained by Jean-Claude Rouget, captured the Qatar Prix du Jockey Club and the Coral-Eclipse in addition to finishing second in the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. The other nominees were Cazoo Derby winner Desert Crown and the Godolphin duo of Coroebus and Modern Games

Having claimed the Cartier Two-Year-Old Filly title in 2021, Inspiral receives the Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly award for 2022 – a feat only matched by Divine Proportions (2005) and Minding (2016). The Cheveley Park homebred, successful for John & Thady Gosden in the Coronation Stakes and Prix du Haras de Fresnay-le-Buffard Jacques le Marois, sees off stable-mates Nashwa and Emily Upjohn, and Tuesday


Highfield Princess has proved one of the stories of the season and John Fairley’s homebred is named the Cartier Sprinter following a trio of sensational victories for John Quinn in the Arc Prix Maurice de Gheest, Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes and Al Basti Equiworld, Dubai Flying Five Stakes. She prevails over fellow nominees Kinross, Minzaal and Australian sprinter Nature Strip

Kyprios is crowned the Cartier Stayer following an unbeaten campaign that included an unprecedented sequence of victories in the Gold Cup, Al Shaqab Goodwood Cup, Comer Group International Irish St Leger and Qatar Prix du Cadran. Trained by Aidan O’Brien for a partnership that includes Moyglare Stud, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith and Westerberg, Kyprios dominated a category that also featured previous Cartier Stayer recipients Stradivarius and Trueshan, plus Cazoo St Leger winner Eldar Eldarov.

Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor and Westerberg also take the Cartier Two-Year-Old Colt award with the Aidan O’Brien-trained Blackbeard, who displayed exuberance and brilliance in equal measure in the Darley Prix Morny and Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes. His stable-companions Auguste Rodin and Little Big Bear were also nominated, alongside Darley Dewhurst Stakes victor Chaldean

Lezoo receives the Cartier Two-Year-Old Filly prize following an impressive campaign that produced four wins from five starts, including a decisive success in the Juddmonte Cheveley Park Stakes. Trained by Ralph Beckett for owners Marc Chan and Andrew Rosen, Lezoo saw off competition from fellow G1 winners Commissioning, Tahiyra and The Platinum Queen.

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The recipient of the Cartier/The Daily Telegraph Award of Merit in 2022 is Kirsten Rausing. Held in the highest regard throughout the industry, Rausing has not only excelled as an owner and a breeder but served as an integral figure in the sport’s governance and administration. Through the Alborada Trust, she has also provided vital funding for a host of causes in racing and wider society. 

Renowned for adopting a hands-on approach in every aspect of her work, 2022 represented a banner year for Rausing as she saw her colours carried to victory in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe by Alpinista and enjoyed a first UK Classic success as a breeder with Eldar Eldarov. 

Laurent Feniou, Managing Director of Cartier UK, commented: “We have been fortunate to witness another exceptional year of European horseracing and I am delighted to celebrate an outstanding group of horses at the 32nd Cartier Racing Awards. Baaeed lit up the season with four brilliant victories and he is a worthy recipient of the Cartier Horse of the Year award. We are also thrilled to honour Kirsten Rausing, who has given so much to the industry, with the Cartier/The Daily Telegraph Award of Merit. It is a privilege for Cartier to be able to recognise these champions of the sport and my deepest congratulations go out to all of this year’s winners. I would like to extend special thanks to Racing Post, The Daily Telegraph and Sky Sports Racing for their continued support of the awards.”

Highlights from the 32nd Cartier Racing Awards will be shown on Sky Sports Racing at 4.15pm on Sunday, November 13.

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Cartier Racing Awards
The nominees for the 2022 Cartier Racing Awards are:

Cartier Horse of the Year
Highfield Princess
Cartier Older Horse
Bay Bridge
Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt
Desert Crown
Modern Games
Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly
Emily Upjohn
Cartier Sprinter
Highfield Princess
Nature Strip
Cartier Stayer
Eldar Eldarov
Cartier Two-Year-Old Colt
Auguste Rodin
Little Big Bear
Cartier Two-Year-Old Filly
The Platinum Queen

Past winners at the Cartier Racing Awards