John Gosden's Enable is the headline winner at the Cartier Horse of the Year Awards
The John Gosden-trained Enable has become just the third horse in history to be named the Cartier Horse of the Year for a second time.
Despite finding her bid to win a historic third Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe crown a step too far last month, the five-year-old still managed to add a further three Group 1 successes to her highly impressive CV in 2019, with victories in the Coral-Eclipse, King George VI & Queen Elizabeth QIPCO Stakes and Darley Yorkshire Oaks.
And now she has been crowned a dual winner of European horse racing’s equivalent of the Oscars, following in the hoofprints of Frankel (2011, 2012) and Ouija Board (2004, 2006).
Harry Herbert, Cartier’s Racing consultant, said of Enable’s victory: "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.”
Enable was one of four award-winners for Clarehaven Stables-based Gosden and jockey Frankie Dettori, who also saw Too Darn Hot (Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt), Star Catcher (Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly) and Stradivarius (Cartier Stayer) scoop prizes.
Herbert added: “John Gosden and Frankie Dettori are one of the most enduring partnerships in horse racing and virtually everything they touched in 2019 turned to gold.”
Gosden’s fellow HQ trainer Charlie Appleby also saw two of his horses come up trumps in the form of Blue Point (Cartier Sprinter) and Pinatubo (Cartier Two-Year-Old Colt).
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