Kingman: there were more celebrations for the classy colt’s camp
PICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos)
TOP three-year-old Kingman, whose four Group 1 wins helped light up the 2014 British Flat season, was named Cartier Horse of the Year at a prestigious ceremony in London on Tuesday night.
More than 300 guests attended the annual awards bash at the Dorchester Hotel and Kingman, whose victories this season included the Irish 2,000 Guineas, St James’s Palace Stakes, Sussex Stakes and Prix Jacques le Marois, captured top honours.
The John Gosden-trained miler – also named leading three-year-old colt – beat off competition from Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe heroine and last year’s winner Treve, dual-Derby ace Australia and Noble Mission, who gave Kingman’s owner-breeder Khalid Abdullah a memorable night by claiming the older horse award.
There was further joy for Gosden as well, with Taghrooda being crowned top three-year-old filly. She runs in the colours of champion owner Hamdan Al Maktoum, the recipient of the Cartier/Daily Telegraph Award of Merit.
Champion trainer Richard Hannon also made the honours list courtesy of the speedy Tiggy Wiggy, named leading two-tear-old filly. The colt’s equivalent went to Gleneagles, a serious contender for next year’s Classics for the Aidan O’Brien-Coolmore axis.
They were also responsible for the top stayer in Leading Light, while Sole Power came out best in the sprint category.
2014 Cartier winners
Two-year-old colt Gleneagles
Two-year-old filly Tiggy Wiggy
Three-year-old colt Kingman
Three-year-old filly Taghrooda
Sprinter Sole Power
Stayer Leading Light
Older horse Noble Mission
Horse of the Year Kingman
Cartier/Daily Telegraph Award of Merit Hamdan Al Maktoum
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