Dubai: It was a very special evening for His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and Team Godolphin and Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Minister of Finance , Friday night at the 30th Cartier Racing Awards when they were honored for their outstanding performances by their respective stall stars Ghaiyyath and Battaash.
The evening’s biggest prize went to the excellent Ghaiyyath who won both the prestigious Horse of the Year and Older Horse awards at The Dorchester Hotel in London.
The presentation ceremony was broadcast via Sky Sports Racing because the COVID-19 pandemic prevented the traditional awards dinner from taking place.
Coach by Charlie Appleby, Ghaiyyath, completed a hat-trick of breathtaking Group 1 victories during the season, including the Coronation Cup at Epsom, Eclipse Stakes at Sandown Park and Juddmonte International in York.
Godolphin won a third Horse of the Year award after Dayami in 2001 and Fantastic Light in 1999 and a sixth Older Horse of the Year award after Grandera 2002, Fantastic Light 2001, Daylami 1999, Swain, 1998 and Halling 1996.
Godolphin was created in 1992 by Sheikh Mohammed. A boy from Dubawi, Ghaiyyath, who recently retired to stand as a Darley stallion at Kildangan Stud, Ireland in 2021, has his new career as 2020’s highest rated horse in the world.
Hugh Anderson, Managing Director of Godolphin, UK and Dubai, said on the Godolphin website: “On behalf of Godolphin and Sheikh Mohammed, thank you very much for this award, it means a lot. Ghaiyyath is one of the everyday greats for Godolphin. He really made 2020 a fantastic year for us.
“I would like to personally thank Charlie Appleby and William Buick for their fantastic teamwork in achieving these outstanding G1 victories. I want to thank His Highness Sheikh Mohammed for his support this year and next year as well. It was a wonderful finish to this year. ”
Charlie Appleby thanks everyone involved in the Cartier Awards.
“Winning horse of the year and older horse with Ghaiyyath was a fantastic achievement by everyone involved with Godolphin,” he said.
‘His Highness Sheikh Mohammed followed this horse very closely by being a year old through his two-year career, and fortunately it culminated in what he achieved this year. It was a wonderful feeling for His Highness Sheikh Mohammed, his whole family and everyone involved with Godolphin.
“Fortunately, I am now giving the baton to the breeding industry and I am sure they will have a lot of fun and success with him in his career.”
Cartier Awards Two-year-old filly: Van Gogh Two-year-old filly: Beautiful Gorgeou s Three-year-old filly: Palace Pier Three-year-old filly: Love sprinter: Battaash player: Stradivarius Older horse: Ghaiyyath Horse of the Year: Ghaiyyath award of merit: John Gosden
William Buick, who competed with Ghaiyyath in most major race winners, added: ‘It’s incredible for Ghaiyyath to win the Cartier Horse of the Year. Many thanks to everyone involved, especially the horse. He really deserves it and is an amazing horse to ride. I feel very privileged to ride a horse of his caliber.
As a racehorse, he really had it all. I have never ridden a horse with so much pace that it can sustain the journeys he has run over. He wears his heart on his sleeve and, just as exciting as he looks, he was just as exciting to ride. He was an amazing horse and I would miss riding him. ‘
Sheikh Hamdan’s Battaash won the Sprinter of the Year after winning all three of his opening matches in 2020, including the Group 1 King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot, the Group 2 King George Stakes (for the fourth time) at Newmarket and the Group 1 Coolmore Stakes (for a second time) in York.
Angus Gold, race manager of owner Sheikh Hamdan, said: ‘On behalf of Sheikh Hamdan, I would like to thank Cartier and Laurent Feniou. I believe this is the 30th year of their support for this amazing evening of awards, and how grateful we are all in the industry to have their support, they were absolutely fantastic.
‘These are special awards that we all strive for and it’s a great thrill to win one. Keeping a horse going for so long is a great reward for so many people, especially Charlie Hills (trainer) and his amazing team in Lambourn who did so well with Battaash. Congratulations to them. ”
In total, Cartier handed out eight awards, including the coveted Merit Award given to the legendary John Gosden.
The awards were instituted in 1991 to reward excellence in horse racing. The awards recognize artists’ eight categories: Horse of the Year, Older Horse of the Year, Sprinter, Stayer, Three-year-old filly, Three-year-old filly, Two-year-old filly and Two-year-old filly.
Source: Gulf News