Cartier Racing Awards 2023
|Thursday 9th November|
Ace Impact was crowned Cartier Horse of the Year at the 33rd Cartier Racing Awards during a glittering ceremony at the Dorchester Hotel in London on Thursday 9th November.
Trained by Jean-Claude Rouget for Gousserie Racing and Serge Stempniak, the son of the 2017 Cartier Three-Year Old Colt Cracksman becomes the first French-trained winner of the prestigious award since Treve in 2013.
Unbeaten in six career starts, Ace Impact unleashed a scintillating turn of foot to take the Qatar Prix du Jockey Club and again showed exceptional acceleration when beating a stellar field in the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.
Ace Impact takes the premier equine award ahead of Paddington, a four-time G1 winner in 2023, dual Derby and Royal Bahrain Irish Champion Stakes victor Auguste Rodin and Mostahdaf, who captured the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes and Juddmonte International.
Ace Impact also receives the Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt Award, a category that features Paddington, Auguste Rodin and Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (Sponsored By QIPCO) winner Big Rock.
Shadwell homebred Mostahdaf, from the stables of John & Thady Gosden, is named Cartier Older Horse following his victories at Royal Ascot and York. He prevails over Hukum and Westover, who produced one of the races of the year in the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth QIPCO Stakes, and Inspiral, who narrowly misses out on a third consecutive Cartier Racing Award.
Tahiyra, a fifth generation homebred for the Aga Khan, takes the Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly Award following a superb campaign for Dermot Weld that yielded wins in the Tattersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas, Coronation Stakes and Coolmore America “Justify” Matron Stakes. Classic heroines Mawj and Blue Rose Cen were also nominated for the award alongside Warm Heart, who enjoyed top-level success at York and Longchamp.
Shaquille receives the Cartier Sprinter accolade after breathtaking displays in the Commonwealth Cup and Pertemps Network July Cup. Co-bred by his owner Martin Hughes, the Julie Camacho-trained colt comes out on top from last year’s Cartier Sprinter Highfield Princess, Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes winner Live In The Dream and Art Power, successful in the QIPCO British Champions Sprint.
Having been crowned Cartier Stayer in 2021, Trueshan claims the award for a second time this year. The hugely popular seven-year-old, trained by Alan King for the Singula Partnership, returned to his best with victories in the Betfred Doncaster Cup and Prix du Cadran. Gold Cup hero Courage Mon Ami, Betfred St Leger victor Continuous and Al Shaqab Goodwood Cup winner Quickthorn were also nominated for the award.
City Of Troy, owned by Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith, takes the Cartier Two-Year-Old Colt Award following an unbeaten season for Aidan O’Brien that culminated with success in the Native Trail’s Dewhurst Stakes. He prevails over Sumbe Prix Morny and Juddmonte Middle Park winner Vandeek, Goffs Vincent O’Brien National Stakes scorer Henry Longfellow, and Rosallion, who took the Qatar Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere.
Aidan O’Brien and a Coolmore partnership are also responsible for Opera Singer, who receives the Cartier Two-Year-Old Filly Award on the back of a progressive campaign that included an emphatic success in the Qatar Prix Marcel Boussac. Owned by Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier and Westerberg, she takes the award from Juddmonte Cheveley Park Stakes winner Porta Fortuna, Moyglare Stud Stakes scorer Fallen Angel and Ylang Ylang, who was successful in the bet365 Fillies’ Mile.
The recipient of the Cartier/The Daily Telegraph Award of Merit in 2023 is Jeff Smith. One of the most popular owner/breeders in the sport, his famous purple and light blue silks have been worn by some of the great horses of modern times, including Chief Singer, Lochsong and Persian Punch.
Laurent Feniou, Managing Director of Cartier UK, commented: “I am delighted to celebrate another outstanding group of horses at the 33rd Cartier Racing Awards. Ace Impact displayed his brilliance throughout the year, culminating with a magnificent victory in the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, and he is a deserving recipient of the Cartier Horse of the Year Award. We are also extremely pleased to present the Cartier/The Daily Telegraph Award of Merit to Jeff Smith, who has enjoyed tremendous success as an owner and breeder over the past six decades. Cartier are honoured to be able to recognise these champions of the sport and I congratulate 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 Cartier Racing Awards.”
Highlights from the 33rd Cartier Racing Awards will be shown on Sky Sports Racing at 4.30pm on Sunday, November 12.
Cartier Racing AwardsThe nominations for the 2023 Cartier Racing Awards were:
**Cartier Horse of the Year**
**Cartier Older Horse**
**Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt**
**Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly**
Blue Rose Cen
Live In The Dream
Courage Mon Ami
**Cartier Two-Year-Old Colt**
City Of Troy
**Cartier Two-Year-Old Filly**