Tuesday 24 October 2017

Bolger and O'Brien scoop Cartier awards

JIM BOLGER was a hugely popular winner of the Award of Merit at the Cartier Racing Awards in London.

Aidan O'Brien was also in the winner's enclosure after Magician was named Three-Year-Old Colt of the Year, despite his absence for a large chunk of the season.

Having won the Irish 2,000 Guineas, he was brought back to his peak by O'Brien and claimed a spectacular victory in the Breeders' Cup Turf at Santa Anita.

The other nominees were Toronado, Dawn Approach, Trading Leather and Ruler Of The World. Treve, the unbeaten French three-year-old filly who ran away with the Prix de L'Arc de Triomphe, was named Horse of the Year.

The daughter of Motivator failed to fetch her modest reserve as a yearling but she immediately showed her trademark turn of foot when she was put into training and won her only start at two.


After winning at Saint-Cloud this season, she went on to land the Prix de Diane and the Prix Vermeille, then capped them all by winning the Arc by five lengths.

Treve, which saw off strong opposition from Sky Lantern, Moonlight Cloud, Novellist and Al Kazeem to take the main gong, was also named Three-Year-Old Filly of the Year.

The Head family then claimed their third award of the night when Moonlight Cloud, trained by Criquette's brother Freddy, was named the Older Horse of the Year.

The five-year-old mare is unbeaten this year and added three more Group One victories to her impressive CV.

Lethal Force scooped the Sprinter accolade after recording consecutive Group One victories in Royal Ascot's Diamond Jubilee Stakes and the Darley July Cup at Newmarket.

Irish Independent

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