Treve - Cartier Horse Of The Year
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CARTIER RACING AWARDS
Sheikh Joann bin Hamad Al Thanis’Treve (Fr) (Motivator), who ran her career unbeaten streak to a perfect five-for-five with a stunning five-length victory in the G1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe on 6 October, was named Europe’s horse of the year and champion 3-year-old filly at the Cartier Awards held Tuesday evening at the Dorchester Hotel in London. Treve fought off some formidable opponents to land the top honor, including fellow sophomore filly Sky Lantern (Ire) (Red Clubs), top middle-distance horse, Novellist (Ire) (Monsun), Al Kazeem (Ire) (Dubawi) and Moonlight Cloud (GB) (Invincible Spirit).
Treve made the first three starts of her career for her breeder Alec Heads’ Haras du Quesnay, winning her lone juvenile start last September and a Saint-Cloud conditions event 15 May before springing an 11-1 upset in the G1 Prix de Diane on 16 June. Acquired by Sheikh Joann in a private transaction thereafter, Treve remained under the care of Criquette Head-Maarek. The bay ran her streak to four with a comprehensive 1 3/4-length tally in the G1 Prix Vermeille over the Arc course and distance on 15 September before rattling home to win the Arc in magnificent fashion.
Though they missed out on Horse of the Year accolades, the connections of Moonlight Cloud did not go home empty-handed, as the talented 5-year-old mare was recognized as Champion Older Horse. George Strawbridge’s homebred, conservatively campaigned this term, is perfect in her four trips to the post, including a title defense in the G1 Prix Maurice de Gheest, the G1 Prix Jacques le Marois and G1 Prix de la Foret. Moonlight Cloud is presently under consideration for the G1 Hong Kong Mile on 8 December.
On the strength of an historic triumph in the G1 Gold Cup at Royal Ascot this past June, The Queen’sEstimate (Ire) (Monsun) was named Champion Stayer, while Lethal Force (Ire) (Dark Angel) parlayed a Group 1 double in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes and July Cup into a Cartier Award as Europe’s Top Sprinter.
The results of the Breeders’ Cup had no small bearing on this year’s Cartier Awards, as a pair of winners emerged from victorious efforts at Santa Anita. Derrick Smith, Michael Tabor and Sue Magnier’s Magician (Ire) (Galileo) returned from his winter vacation to take Chester’s G3 Dee Stakes before cutting back to a mile to prove best in the G1 Irish 2000 Guineas just over two weeks later. Last of nine in the G1 St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot in mid-June, the bay belied a 4 1/2-month absence and odds of 7-1 to defeat The Fugue (GB) (Dansili) in the GI Breeders’ Cup Turf on 2 November and secure top 3-year-old honors, defeating Toronado (Ire) (High Chaparral) and Dawn Approach (Ire) (New Approach).
Chriselliam (Ire) (Iffraaj) was just a maiden winner when she upset the G1 Shadwell Fillies’ Mile Stakes at Newmarket on 28 September, but proved that effort was no fluke when running out a 2 1/2-length winner of the GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf, securing the Champion 2-year-old Filly trophy in the process.
It was a brief, albeit sweet freshman campaign for Kingston Hill (GB) (Mastercraftsman), but he did more than enough in just three racetrack appearances to secure the champion 2-year-old title over the likes of the talented War Command (War Front). A debut winner at Newbury on 21 September, he comfortably accounted for Newmarket’s G3 Autumn Stakes on 12 October and returned on two weeks’ rest to dominate the G1 Racing Post Trophy by 4 1/2 lengths at Doncaster on 26 October.
Collecting the Cartier/Daily Telegraph Award of Merit for 2013 was Jim Bolger which recognized his considerable prowess as a trainer, owner and breeder in the year that his homebred Trading Leather (Ire) (Teofilo) captured the G1 Irish Derby.
The Cartier Awards were established in 1991 to reward excellence in horseracing. They are determined by points earned by horses in pattern races throughout 2013, combined at the end of the season with the opinions of a panel of racing journalists and votes from readers of Britains.
Extract from Thoroughbred Daily News