Issued by Racenews UK
The outstanding three-year-old filly Enable has been named the Cartier Horse of the Year at the 27th annual Cartier Racing
Awards, European horseracing's equivalent of the Oscars.
The 2017 Cartier Racing Awards were presented at a glittering
ceremony before an invited audience of 300 at the Dorchester Hotel, London,
England, on Tuesday, November 14.
From the first crop of Nathaniel, Enable recorded five
consecutive G1 victories in 2017. Owned by Khalid Abdullah, trained by John
Gosden in Newmarket and ridden by Frankie Dettori, Enable was very impressive
against her own sex in two Classics, the Investec Oaks at Epsom Downs and the
Darley Irish Oaks at the Curragh, winning by five lengths each time, before
easily defeating all-aged, all-sex opposition in Ascot's King George VI &
Queen Elizabeth Stakes.
After capturing a third Oaks at York in August, the G1
Darley Yorkshire Oaks, Enable created history by becoming the first
British-trained filly to win Europe's most valuable race, the Qatar Prix de
l'Arc de Triomphe at Chantilly. Her comfortable two and a half-length victory
against a high-class field was an outstanding performance and the prospect of
Enable staying in training in 2018 whets the appetite of all racing enthusiasts.
The three other Cartier Horse of the Year nominees were Cracksman, Ribchester
Enable also easily takes the honours in the Cartier
Three-Year-Old Filly Award from Winter, Lady Aurelia and Roly Poly, while her
stable companion Cracksman, owned by Anthony Oppenheimer, becomes the
Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt following his impressive seven-length success in
the G1 QIPCO Champion Stakes at Ascot in October. Cracksman saw off challenges
from Harry Angel, Churchill and Barney Roy.
Even by his own incredibly high standards, Ireland's
champion trainer Aidan O'Brien enjoyed an outstanding 2017 as he sent out a
worldwide record of 27 G1 winners. O'Brien is responsible for both the 2017
Cartier Two-Year-Old Colt, U S Navy Flag, and the Cartier Two-Year-Old
Filly, Happily, while Order Of St George scoops the Cartier
Stayer Award for the second year in succession.
U S Navy Flag became the first horse since Diesis in 1982
to win both the G1 Shadwell Middle Park Stakes and the G1 Darley Dewhurst
Stakes. He took the honour ahead of stable companions Saxon Warrior and
Mendelssohn, plus Roaring Lion.
Happily was also a dual winner at G1 level and she captured
the Cartier Award from the other three nominees Clemmie, Laurens and Heartache.
Order Of St George maintained a high level of form
throughout the year, headed by a nine-length success in the G1 Comer Group
Irish St Leger, but faced strong opposition from Big Orange for the Cartier
Stayer Award, with Stradivarius and Vazirabad following on.
Thrilling Harry Angel is the winner of the 2017
Cartier Sprinter Award. The Godolphin-owned three-year-old colt, trained by
Clive Cox, showed tremendous versatility with victories over six furlongs on
good to firm ground in Newmarket's G1 Darley July Cup and on heavy ground in
the G1 32Red Sprint Cup at Haydock Park. He finished on top from Marsha,
Battaash and Lady Aurelia.
Ulysses is the Cartier
Older Horse for 2017, after registering a G1 10-furlong double in the
Coral-Eclipse at Sandown Park and the Juddmonte International at York, though
it was a close-run affair with star miler Ribchester. Highland Reel and
Talismanic were the other two nominees.
Ulysses' trainer Sir Michael Stoute is recognised at the
2017 Cartier Racing Awards as he receives the Cartier/The Daily Telegraph Award
of Merit. Since he commenced his training career in Newmarket in 1972, the
Barbados-born Stoute has blossomed into a master of his profession with G1
victories across the globe.
Harry Herbert, Cartier's Racing Consultant, commented:
"It has been another tremendous year in European horseracing and I would
like to extend congratulations to all the winners at the 2017 Cartier Racing
"Enable enjoyed five commanding victories at G1 level
and her performances, particularly at Ascot and Chantilly, mark her out as a
filly of rare distinction. She is a very appropriate winner of Cartier Horse of
"Similarly her stable companion Cracksman was an
outstanding winner at Ascot in the autumn, capping a superb season for her
trainer John Gosden.
"The prospect of Enable, Cracksman and Harry Angel,
the Cartier Sprinter for 2017, all retuning next year is a mouth-watering
"Of course, 2017 will be remembered as the year when
Aidan O'Brien sent out a record 27 G1 winners and he and the Coolmore team are
rewarded with Cartier Racing Awards for U S Navy Flag, Happily and Order Of St
"Sir Michael Stoute has been a master of his
profession for over 40 years and he is a most worthy recipient of the
Cartier/The Daily Telegraph Award of Merit. His handling of Ulysses in 2017 was
outstanding and sees that colt named as Cartier Older Horse."