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Enable Receives Second Cartier Horse Of The Year Award

Author: Don Mckee
Published: Thursday November 14, 2019
Enable made history at the Cartier Awards in London after being awarded his second Cartier Horse of the Year title. The ceremony took place on Nov. 12 at the Dorchester. She now joins others on that list that includes Frankel (2011, 2012) and Ouija Board (2004, 2006), and she becomes just the third horse to take two of the awards. It was first presented in 1991. 

Enable was bred by owner Prince Khalid Abdullah’s Juddmonte Farms, and she took three more group 1 wins this season with the Coral-Eclipse, King George VI & Queen Elizabeth QIPCO Stakes, and Darley Yorkshire Oaks. 

Enable will continue to train in 2020, and her current earnings stand at $13,663,326. 

She was also named Europe’s champion older horse for 2019, and she tied the record of Frankel for five Cartier Racing Awards. Frankel is another Juddmonte homebred. Her other awards include the Cartier 3-year-old filly in 2017 and Cartier Older Horse in 2018. 

Cartier’s racing consultant Harry Herbery spoke about the filly. 

"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," he said. "It is exciting that Prince Khalid Abdullah is keeping her in training for 2020, when she could become the first three-time Cartier Horse of the Year."

Cartier Awards

Horses trained by John Gosden in Newmarket are responsible for many of the Cartier Horse of the Year Awards. They took the award in five of the last six years, and the horses who were awarded the title include Kingman (2014), Golden Horn (2015), Roaring Lion (2018), and Enable (2017 and 2019). This was Juddmonte’s fifth Horse of the Year honor. 

The other nominees for the award in 2019 were Blue Point, Magical, Star Catcher, Stradivarius, and Waldgeist. The nominees for this year included Blue Point, Crystal Ocean, Magical, Stradivarius, and Waldgeist. 

Gosden and Frankie Dettori

The 2019 season was dominated by Gosden and jockey Frankie Dettori. Besides Enable’s two Cartier Racing Awards, the two of them also received honors with horses in the Cartier 3-year-old colt, Cartier 3-year-old filly, and Cartier stayer categories. 

Stradivarius took the Cartier stayer award for the second year in a row. The 5-year-old Sea The Stars horse is owned and bred by Bjorn Nielsen. He took wins in the Matchbook Yorkshire Cup (G2), Gold Cup (G1) at Royal Ascot, Qatar Goodwood Cup (G1), and Weatherbys Hamilton Lonsdale Cup (G2). 

He also won the Magners Rose Doncaster Cup (G2), which made him the eighth winner of the Stayers’ Triple Crown. Stradivarius will also remain in training for 2020. 

Owner-breeder Prince Khalid Abdullah took a third Cartier racing award this year with the unbeaten Quadrilateral. She was named the Cartier 2-year-old filly, and she was unbeaten in three starts under jockey Jason Watson. Her season ended with a victory in the Bet365 Fillies’ Mile (G1) at Newmarket in October. 

Other nominees for Cartier 2-year-old filly were Albigna, Daahyeh, and Raffle Prize. 

“As well as his established superstar Enable, Prince Khalid Abdullah also has unbeaten 2-year-old filly Quadrilateral to look forward to in 2020," Herbert said. "Seven of the eight equine winners at the 29th Cartier racing awards are the product of owner-breeders who form the backbone of our great sport, and I extend my congratulations to Prince Khalid Abdullah, Sheikh Mohammed, Bjorn Nielsen, Anthony Oppenheimer, and Lord and Lady Lloyd-Webber."

The awards are based on three established strands. Points are earned by horses in Pattern races (30 percent), and they are combined with the opinions or racing journalists/handicappers (35 percent) and votes from readers of Racing Post and The Daily Telegraph plus ITV Racing viewers (35 percent).