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British trainers and breeders rule at 2018 Cartier Awards

Tweenhills Stud’s new resident stallion ROARING LION was last night revealed as the 2018 Cartier Horse Of The Year at the 28th annual Cartier Racing Awards, European horseracing’s equivalent of the Oscars.

The outstandingly talented and consistent three-year-old colt becomes the fourth Cartier Horse Of The Year in the last five years to be trained by John Gosden in Newmarket, following on from KINGMAN (GB) (2014), GOLDEN HORN (GB) (2015) and ENABLE (GB) (2017).

Roaring Lion enjoyed a phenomenal year with victories in three Gr.1 contests over 10 furlongs in the space of just over two months from July to September: the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown Park, the Juddmonte International at York and the QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown.

He followed up on those superb wins with a fourth straight Gr.1 success when dropped down in distance to a mile for the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (Sponsored by QIPCO) at Ascot on QIPCO British Champions Day.

Three of the other four nominations for Cartier Horse of the Year were also trained by Gosden: homebreds Enable, STRADIVARIUS and the 2017 Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt, CRACKSMAN (GB).

Enable, the Cartier Horse Of The Year and Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly in 2017, narrowly lost out on becoming the third horse to become Cartier Horse Of The Year twice. This has been achieved twice in the past, by FRANKEL (GB) (2011 & 2012) and OUIJA BOARD (GB) (2004 & 2006).

But the brilliant Juddmonte Farms-bred four-year-old filly took this year’s award for Cartier Older Horse. After a spell on the sidelines for much of the year, the daughter of Newsells Park Stud’s stallion NATHANIEL made a stunning winning reappearance in the Gr.3 September Stakes on the All-Weather track at Kempton Park.

A month later, she became the eighth horse to win the Gr.1 Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe twice, before going on to create further history as the first horse ever to follow up success in the Longchamp feature with victory in the Gr.1 Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf at Churchill Downs, USA.

The other Cartier Older Horse nominees were the Hascombe & Valiant Studs-bred Cracksman, the Woodcote Stud-bred POET’S WORD and the Newsells Park-bred LIGHTNING SPEAR (GB).

There was further success for Gosden with Stradivarius, who took the Cartier Stayer Award. The four-year-old’s tremendous season saw him land the inaugural WH Stayers’ Million, handing a £1-million bonus to connections.

A record-equalling fifth equine win on the night for Gosden came courtesy of TOO DARN HOT (GB), who bagged the Cartier Two-Year-Old Colt Award. Lord Lloyd-Webber’s homebred son of Dalham Hall flagbearer DUBAWI is unbeaten in four outings, ending his 2018 campaign with a decisive success in Britain’s premier juvenile contest, the Gr.1 Darley Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket in October.

He was previously successful in the Gr.3 188Bet Solario Stakes at Sandown Park and the Gr.2 Howcroft Industrial Supplies Champagne Stakes at Doncaster, and is a hugely-exciting prospect for 2019.

It was a close battle in the Cartier Sprinter division, with the honours going to David and Emma Armstrong’s homebred MABS CROSS (GB). Trained by Michael Dods, the four-year-old daughter of Cheveley Park stallion DUTCH ART (GB) was a model of consistency throughout the year and capped her campaign with a tremendous performance to land the Gr.1 Prix de l’Abbaye at Longchamp in October.

Harry Herbert, Cartier’s Racing consultant commented: “What another outstanding year it has been for European horseracing.

“Congratulations to John Gosden and his team for securing a joint-record five equine Cartier Racing Awards at the 28th annual Cartier Racing Awards. Roaring Lion truly lived up to his name, with four courageous Group 1 successes over the course of the season.

“Enable more than made up for missing the summer with her second Arc success followed by the Breeders’ Cup Turf. What an outstanding filly she is. There was nothing to touch Stradivarius in the stayers’ division, while Too Darn Hot looks hugely exciting for the 2019 campaign.

“Congratulations to all our winners this year and thanks go to Cartier UK, headed by Laurent Feniou, for supporting the Cartier Racing Awards for the 28th consecutive year.”