24th Cartier Racing Awards
The Ultimate Accolade in the Racing World

Three-year-old miler Kingman was named the Cartier Horse Of The Year at the 24th annual Cartier Racing Awards Tuesday evening, presented before an invited audience of 315 at the Dorchester Hotel, London.

Owned and bred by Khalid Abdullah, trained by John Gosden and ridden on all but one of his starts by James Doyle, he won seven of his eight races, with the final four coming at Gr.1 level. The son of Invincible Spirit beat his own generation in the Gr.1 Irish 2,000 Guineas at the Curragh in May and the Gr.1 St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot in June, before proving his superiority over the older generation with successes in Goodwood's Gr.1 Sussex Stakes in July and the Gr.1 Jacques le Marois at Deauville in August.

In the Horse Of The Year category, he triumphed over formidable opposition - last year's winner Treve (Motivator), who returned to her best with a second Gr.1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe victory, dual Derby winner Australia (Galileo) and Noble Mission (Galileo), Frankel's brother, who recorded a third Gr.1 triumph of 2014 in the Gr.1 Champion Stakes at Ascot.

Kingman also took the honours decisively in the Three-Year-Old Colt category ahead of Australia, The Grey Gatsby (Mastercraftsman) and Charm Spirit (Invincible Spirit).

Noble Mission gained some compensation, as he scooped the honours in the Older Horse division after a close battle with Treve.

Taghrooda, bred and owned by Hamdan Al Maktoum, trained by John Gosden and ridden by Paul Hanagan, was the Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly for 2014. Successful on her only start as a juvenile, the daughter of Sea The Stars landed the Gr.1 Oaks at Epsom Downs and then became the first filly since Pawneese in 1976 to follow up on that Classic win by taking the Gr.1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

Europe's top sprints in 2014 were dominated by a pair of horses owned by the Power family and trained in Ireland by Edward LynamSole Power (Kyllachy) and Slade Power (Dutch Art). Sole Power just got the nod over his stablemate in the Sprinter division, following a second consecutive victory in the Gr.1 King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot, as well as success in York's Gr.1 Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes.

At the other end of the stamina spectrum, Leading Light (Montjeu), trained by Aidan O'Brien and ridden by Joseph O'Brien for a Coolmore syndicate, was crowned Cartier Stayer.

Coolmore and both O'Briens also enjoy success in the Cartier Two-Year-Old Colt category with Gleneagles. The Galileo colt won four races in Ireland, headlined by the Gr.1 National Stakes.

Tiggy Wiggy (Kodiac) proved herself a prodigious talent this season, winning on five of her seven outings, culminating in the Gr.1 Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket and she was the Cartier Two-Year-Old Filly.

The Cartier/Daily Telegraph Award of Merit in 2014 went to Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum. Since owning his first European winner in 1980, he has established himself as one of the leading owners and breeders of the 20th and 21st centuries. His phenomenal success spans the globe with victories at the highest level in Europe, Dubai, North America and Australia. A fabulous 2014 saw him win a twelfth British Classic with Taghrooda in the Gr.1 Oaks.

Horse of the Year
Kingman (GB) (Invincible Spirit - Zenda)
Champion Older Horse
Noble Mission (GB) (Galileo - Kind)
Champion Three-Year-Old Colt
Kingman (GB) (Invincible Spirit - Zenda)
Champion Three-Year-Old Filly
Taghrooda (GB) (Sea The Stars - Ezima)
Champion Sprinter
Sole Power (GB) (Kyllachy - Demerger)
Champion Stayer
Leading Light (Ire) (Montjeu - Dance Parade)
Champion Two-Year-Old Colt
Gleneagles (Ire) (Galileo - You'resothrilling)
Champion Two-Year-Old Filly
Tiggy Wiggy (Ire) (Kodiac - Kheleyf's Silver)

Extract from European Bloodstock News/Betmclean (p)