Enable named Cartier Horse of the Year for a second time
12 Nov 2019
John Gosden-trained Champions Series stars combined to scoop five Cartier Awards on Tuesday night
Enable became only the third two-time winner of the Cartier Horse of the Year. Picture: Racingfotos.com
Enable was on Tuesday night revealed as the Cartier Horse Of The Year – in the process becoming only the third horse to be a two-time winner of the accolade after Frankel (2011 and 2012) and Ouija Board (2004 and 2006).
Bred by owner Prince Khalid Abdullah’s Juddmonte Farms, the five-year-old mare added a further three QIPCO British Champions Series victories to her remarkable CV this year, with victories in the Coral-Eclipse, King George VI & Queen Elizabeth QIPCO Stakes and Darley Yorkshire Oaks.
She was also crowned Cartier Horse Of The Year in 2017, when she also won three Champions Series races. In total, she has accumulated ten Group 1 triumphs. The Nathaniel mare, also named Cartier Older Horse, will remain in training next year.
The other nominees for Cartier Horse Of The Year in 2019 were other Champions Series stars in Blue Point, Magical, Star Catcher, Stradivarius and Waldgeist, while the nominees for Cartier Older Horse this year included Blue Point, Crystal Ocean, Magical, Stradivarius and Waldgeist.
The 2019 season was undoubtedly the year of Gosden and jockey Frankie Dettori.
In addition to Enable’s two Cartier Racing Awards, the pair also gained honours with horses in the Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt, Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly and Cartier Stayer categories.
Stradivarius scooped the Cartier Stayer Award for the second successive year, while Too Darn Hot was named the 2019 Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt. The fifth award on the night for the Gosden-Dettori combination is Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly, which went to Star Catcher.
It was also a very satisfying year for Sheikh Mohammed’s Godolphin operation, which scooped two Cartier Racing Awards.
Blue Point, trained by Charlie Appleby, went through 2019 unbeaten in five starts and landed the 2019 Cartier Sprinter Award.
Godolphin also gains the honours in the Cartier Two-Year-Old Colt division with the brilliant Pinatubo, who seems destined. to be a Champions Series star next year.
Owner-breeder Prince Khalid Abdullah gains a third Cartier Racing Award this year courtesy of the unbeaten Quadrilateral, who was named Cartier Two-Year-Old Filly.
Harry Herbert, Cartier’s Racing Consultant, said: “Enable becomes just the third horse to be named Cartier Horse Of The Year twice, following in the illustrious hoofprints of Frankel and Ouija Board.
“Bountiful talent combined with a courageous running style make her a joy to watch and it is no wonder that Enable is so popular with everyone in racing. It is exciting that Prince Khalid Abdullah is keeping her in training for 2020, when she could become the first three-time winner of the Cartier Horse Of The Year.”