Horse racing: Sheikh Mohammed and Sheikh Hamdan huge winners at Cartier Awards


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Dubai: It was a really particular evening for His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and Crew Godolphin and Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Minister of Finance, on the thirtieth Cartier Racing Awards on Friday night once they had been honoured for excellent performances by their respective secure stars Ghaiyyath and Battaash.

The evening’s largest prize went to the excellent Ghaiyyath who collected each the distinguished Horse of the 12 months and Older Horse awards at The Dorchester Lodge in London.

The presentation ceremony was broadcast by way of Sky Sports activities Racing because the COVID-19 pandemic prevented the standard awards dinner from going down.

Coach by Charlie Appleby, Ghaiyyath accomplished a hat-trick of breathtaking Group 1 victories in the course of the season together with the Coronation Cup at Epsom, Eclipse Stakes at Sandown Park and Juddmonte Worldwide at York.

Godolphin had been successful a 3rd Horse of the 12 months honour after Dayami in 2001 and Implausible Gentle in 1999 and a sixth Older Horse of the 12 months award following Grandera 2002, Implausible Gentle 2001, Daylami 1999, Swain, 1998 and Halling 1996.

Godolphin had been created in 1992 by Sheikh Mohammed. A son of Dubawi, Ghaiyyath who was not too long ago retired to face as a Darley stallion at Kildangan Stud, Eire, in 2021 heads into his new profession as 2020’s highest-rated horse on the planet.

Hugh Anderson, Godolphin Managing Director, UK and Dubai, stated on the Godolphin web site: “On behalf of Godolphin and Sheikh Mohammed, thanks very a lot for this award, it means an enormous quantity. Ghaiyyath is among the all-time greats for Godolphin. He has actually made 2020 a incredible yr for us.

“I wish to personally thank Charlie Appleby and William Buick for his or her incredible teamwork in delivering these excellent G1 wins. I wish to thank His Highness Sheikh Mohammed for his help this yr and into subsequent yr too. It has been an exquisite end to this yr.”

Charlie Appleby thanked everyone concerned within the Cartier Awards.

“To win Horse of the 12 months and Older Horse with Ghaiyyath has been a incredible achievement by everybody concerned with Godolphin,” he stated.

“His Highness Sheikh Mohammed has adopted this horse very carefully from being a yearling by means of his two-year-old profession and fortunately it has culminated in what he has achieved this yr. It has been an excellent feeling for His Highness Sheikh Mohammed, all of his household and everybody concerned with Godolphin.

“Fortunately, I now go the baton over to the breeding operation and I’m certain they are going to have a variety of enjoyable and success with him in his profession.”

Cartier Awards

Two-12 months-Outdated Colt: Van Gogh
Two-12 months-Outdated Filly: Fairly Gorgeou
sThree-12 months-Outdated Colt: Palace Pier
Three-12 months-Outdated Filly: Love
Sprinter: Battaash
Stayer: Stradivarius
Older Horse: Ghaiyyath
Horse of the 12 months: Ghaiyyath
Award of Advantage: John Gosden

William Buick, who partnered Ghaiyyath in most of massive race wins added: “It’s superb for Ghaiyyath to win the Cartier Horse of the 12 months. Thanks to everyone concerned, particularly the horse. He actually deserves it and is an incredible horse to experience. I really feel very privileged to have ridden a horse of his calibre.

“As a racehorse, he actually did have every part. I’ve by no means ridden a horse with a lot tempo that may maintain it over the journeys he ran over. He wore his coronary heart on his sleeve and, as thrilling as he appeared, he was simply as thrilling to experience. He was an incredible horse and I’ll miss using him.”

Battaash and Jim Crowley win the King George at Goodwood for a fourth time

Sheikh Hamdan’s Battaash received Sprinter of the 12 months after he received all three of his begins in 2020 together with the Group 1 King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot, the Group 2 King George Stakes (for a fourth time) at Newmarket and the Group 1 Coolmore Stakes (for a second time) at York.

Angus Gold, Racing Supervisor to proprietor Sheikh Hamdan stated: “On behalf of Sheikh Hamdan, I want to say an enormous thanks to Cartier and Laurent Feniou. I consider that is the thirtieth yr of their help for this nice evening of awards, and the way grateful all of us are within the business to have their help, they’ve been completely incredible.

“They’re particular awards that all of us try for and it’s a enormous thrill to win one. To maintain a horse going at that degree for that lengthy, it’s a nice reward for thus many individuals, particularly Charlie Hills (coach) and his great workforce in Lambourn who’ve achieved so effectively with Battaash. An enormous congratulations to them.”

In all Cartier distributed eight awards together with the distinguished Award of Advantage which went to the legendary John Gosden.

The Awards had been established in 1991 to reward excellence in horse racing. The Awards recognises performers eight classes: Horse of the 12 months, Older Horse of the Years, Sprinter, Stayer, Three-12 months-Outdated Colt, Three-12 months-Outdated Filly, Two-12 months-Outdated Colt and Two-12 months-Outdated Filly.

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