Thursday 14 December 2017

Minding gets top award for all-conquering O'Brien team

Minding trainer Aidan O'Brien. Photo by Cody Glenn/Sportsfile
Minding trainer Aidan O'Brien. Photo by Cody Glenn/Sportsfile

Marcus Armytage

Minding, the Aidan O'Brien-trained three-year-old filly, was proclaimed Horse of the Year at the 26th annual Cartier Racing Awards in London last night.

On a night dominated by O'Brien-trained, Coolmore-owned-and-bred horses, which took a record five of the eight awards, Minding also won the Three-Year-Old Filly prize.

If her main rival for Europe's top accolade, Almanzor, the French- trained winner of the Three-Year-Old Colt category, was pure brilliance, then Minding was pure brilliance combined with a versatility rarely seen at this level.

Her five Group One successes, opposed to his three, were book-ended by wins in the 1,000 Guineas and QEII Stakes over a mile, and she demonstrated the same level of performance in the Oaks over a mile and a half in June.

The form of her Qatar Nassau Stakes victory was franked when the runner-up, Queen's Trust, won the Breeders' Cup Filly And Mare Turf last Saturday.

Coolmore representatives also collected the Older Horse award for Found, which retired to the paddocks after finishing third in the Breeders' Cup Turf, Order Of St George (Stayer) and Churchill (Two-Year-Old Colt).

O'Brien, who has won 22 Group One Flat races this season and sent out an unprecedented first, second and third in the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, received the Order of Merit award. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Horse of Year: Minding. Older Horse: Found. 3-Y-O Colt: Almanzor.

3-Y-0 Filly: Minding. Sprinter: Quiet Reflection. Stayer: Order Of St George. 2-Y-O Colt: Churchill. 2-Y-O Filly: Lady Aurelia

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