And the winner is…
This week saw the Cartier Awards take place. It’s like the Oscars but for our equine heroes. I don’t think too many could complain about the winners.
Stradivarius was an easy pick for the Stayers division and Too Darn Hot was the top two year old colt. Skitter Scatter was the top juvenile filly which is fair enough, although I would expect Fairyland was not far away in the voting.
Alpha Centauri was top three year old filly and she was brilliant this season. Sea Of Class was also very good but Jessie Harrington’s star won four Group One races in a row including the demolition job in the Coronation Stakes.
Top older horse went to the queen of the turf Enable despite her only running three times. But she is just fantastic (fanboy speaking now).
That acceleration was thrilling
Roaring Lion was the best three year old colt and was also voted horse of the year. Apart from winning five races this term, four at the top level, he was also third in the Derby. He was unbeaten on turf at ten furlongs and that acceleration was as thrilling as it was decisive.
So five awards went to the John Gosden stable and in Too Darn Hot and, hopefully Enable, he could win more next year. What a season we have had.
Last week was pretty poor for me but Paul Nicholls did alright. The Ditcheat maestro won five of the seven races at Wincanton last Saturday including a repeat success for Present Man and Bryony Frost in the Badger Ales Trophy.
That was part of a double for Frost who rode out her claim a few days later. Harry Cobden did even better riding a treble on the day. I bet there were a few shandies swallowed at their local that night.
Have a good week my friends.