Ghaiyyath wins Cartier Horse of the 12 months for Godolphin

Ghaiyyath wins Cartier Horse of the Year for Godolphin

Ghaiyyath was introduced as Cartier Horse of the 12 months on the thirtieth annual Cartier Racing Awards on Friday. 

The 5-year-old Dubawi horse turns into the third Cartier Horse of the 12 months owned by the Maktoum household’s Godolphin operation following Daylami (1999) and Implausible Gentle (2001).

The Cartier Racing Awards had been established in 1991 to reward excellence in horseracing. There are eight equine awards – the Cartier Horse Of The 12 months, the Cartier Older Horse, the Cartier Sprinter, the Cartier Stayer, the Cartier Three-12 months-Previous Colt, the Cartier Three-12 months-Previous Filly, the Cartier Two-12 months-Previous Colt and the Cartier Two-12 months-Previous Filly.

European horseracing’s high awards are delivered via a tried and examined mixture of factors earned by horses in Sample races (30%), mixed on the finish of season with the opinions of a panel of racing journalists/handicappers (35%) and votes from readers of Racing Put up and The Every day Telegraph (35%).

Along with the equine awards, the Cartier/Every day Telegraph Award of Advantage goes to the individual or individuals who, within the opinion of the particular 16-strong Cartier Jury, has/have completed essentially the most for European racing and/or breeding both over their lifetime or throughout the previous 12 months.

A daring entrance runner, Ghaiyyath lit up the summer time with dominant victories in three G1 contests – the Hurworth Bloodstock Coronation Cup, the Coral-Eclipse and the Juddmonte Worldwide. The opposite nominees for Cartier Horse of the 12 months had been Addeybb, Battaash and Love.

Skilled by Charlie Appleby and ridden by William Buick all through 2020, Ghaiyyath additionally takes the honors within the Cartier Older Horse class forward of Addeybb, Allow and Magical.

3-12 months-Previous Colt
Palace Pier, owned by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum and skilled by John Gosden, takes the Cartier Three-12 months-Previous Colt award following an outstanding marketing campaign that noticed him defeat the most effective of his personal technology within the G1 St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot after which efficiently tackle the older technology within the G1 Prix du Haras de Fresnay-le-Buffard Jacques Le Marois at Deauville.

The opposite nominees for Cartier Three-12 months-Previous Colt had been Kameko, Pinatubo and Siskin.

3-12 months-Previous Filly
There have been few extra spectacular Basic successes than that of Love on this yr’s G1 Investec Oaks and she or he is known as the Cartier Three-12 months-Previous Filly in 2020. The daughter of Galileo, skilled by Aidan O’Brien for a Coolmore syndicate, was undefeated in three begins, following up success within the QIPCO 1000 Guineas by profitable the G1 Investec Oaks (by 9 lengths) and the G1 Darley Yorkshire Oaks (by 5 lengths). Additionally nominated for Cartier Three-12 months-Previous Filly had been Alpine Star, Fancy Blue and Fantastic Tonight.


Not many horses in coaching boast a following as massive as Hamdan Al Maktoum’s Battaash and he takes the Cartier Sprinter honours this yr.

Now a six-year-old, Battaash was higher than ever in 2020 and gained all three of his begins over 5 furlongs – Royal Ascot’s G1 King’s Stand Stakes, the G2 King George Qatar Stakes at Goodwood (for a fourth time) and the G1 Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes at York (for a second time).

The Charlie Hills-trained speedster takes the honours forward of Dream Of Desires, Glass Slippers and Glen Shiel.


For the third yr in succession, Stradivarius is known as Cartier Stayer. Owned by Bjorn Nielsen and skilled by John Gosden, the six-year-old captured the G1 Gold Cup at Royal Ascot for a 3rd time whereas at Goodwood the next month he gained the G1 Al Shaqab Goodwood Cup for a exceptional fourth time. Additionally nominated for Cartier Stayer had been Galileo Chrome, Princess Zoe and Fantastic Tonight.

2-year-old Colt
Van Gogh 
is the Cartier Two-12 months-Previous Colt in 2020, seeing off competitors from Battleground, Mac Swiney and St Mark’s Basilica. Owned by a Coolmore syndicate and skilled by Aidan O’Brien, the American Pharoah colt signed off his marketing campaign with a dominant victory within the G1 Criterium Worldwide at Saint-Cloud.

2-year-old Filly

Within the Cartier Two-12 months-Previous Filly class, Fairly Beautiful takes the honours. Skilled by Joseph O’Brien for US-based John Oxley, she completed the yr with G1 success within the bet365 Fillies’ Mile at Newmarket. Additionally nominated for Cartier Two-12 months-Previous Filly had been Alcohol Free, Campanelle and Tiger Tanaka.

Award of Advantage

John Gosden OBE is the recipient of the Cartier/Every day Telegraph Award of Advantage in 2020. The grasp coach has saddled over 3,500 winners thus far in his 41-year profession and continues to go from energy to energy. Expertly dealing with the most effective horses for the world’s main homeowners, he has been liable for a document 5 Cartier Horse of the 12 months recipients – Kingman (2014), Golden Horn (2015), Allow (2017 & 2019) and Roaring Lion (2018).

Harry Herbert, Cartier’s Racing Advisor, commented: “Again within the spring, no person knew if we might actually have a European Flat season in 2020 however with the arduous work of everybody within the racing trade we had been in the end rewarded with a season to savour.

“Racing can’t proceed with out the continuing assist of homeowners and I wish to lengthen my congratulations to tonight’s winners – Godolphin, Coolmore, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum, Bjorn Nielsen and John Oxley.

“John Gosden has actually reached the summit of his occupation and is the right recipient for the Cartier/Every day Telegraph Award of Advantage in 2020. Together with his supreme eloquence and communication abilities, racing could be very fortunate to have such a wonderful ambassador.

“I wish to finish by extending particular because of Cartier, Sky Sports activities Racing. The Every day Telegraph and Racing Put up.

“Cartier’s assist of those prestigious awards stretches proper again to 1991 and is ongoing, even in in the present day’s troubled instances. We’re actually blessed to have the ability to take pleasure in such large assist.”

Laurent Feniou, Managing Director of Cartier UK, commented: “In what has proved to be a yr through which so many individuals have confronted distinctive challenges, I’m delighted for the Cartier Racing Awards to be broadcast on Sky Sports activities Racing permitting the racing public to hitch us in watching the presentation this yr. It’s an honour to have fun the perfect of horseracing, particularly this yr as we honour the thirtieth anniversary of the Cartier Racing Awards. My heartfelt congratulations exit to this distinctive yr’s winners.”

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