Goldikova wins 2010 Cartier Horse of the Year award

Goldikova capped a stellar season with a popular victory in the 2010 Cartier Horse of the Year award in London on Tuesday night.  The darling of European racing won five Group 1 events including an unprecedented third Breeders’ Cup Mile at Churchill Downs on November 6.

Goldikova (Anabaa) stays in training and could add to her record-breaking total of 12 Group 1 triumphs in 2011.  Her European Group 1 victories this season came in the Prix d’Ispahan, Queen Anne Stakes, Prix Rothschild and Prix de la Foret.

Goldikova is trained by Freddie Head for owner-breeders Alain and Gerard Wertheimer.  She dominated Horse of the Year voting over English Derby and Arc de Triomphe winner Workforce (King’s Best), Canford Cliffs (Tagula), Harbinger (Dansili) and Twice Over (Observatory).

Workforce received the Cartier Champion 3YO Colt Award in a tight finish from Canford Cliffs.  Next in line were Cape Blanco (Galileo), Makfi (Dubawi) and Dick Turpin (Arakan).

Snow Fairy (Intikhab) took the Champion 3YO Filly Award over Sarafina (Refuse to Bend), Special Duty (Hennessy), Music Show (Noverre) and Lillie Langtry (Danehill Dancer).

Frankel (Galileo) maintained his unbeaten status in the G1 Dewhurst Stakes and was a clear winner of Champion 2YO Colt Award from Dream Ahead (Diktat), Casamento (Shamardal), Wootton Bassett (Iffraaj) and Pathfork (Distorted Humor).

Misty For Me (Galileo) clinched the Champion 2YO Filly Award from Hooray (Invincible Spirit), White Moonstone (Dynaformer), Lashes (Mr. Greeley) and Memory (Danehill Dancer).

Starspangledbanner (Choisir) dominated his domestic rivals in England’s summer sprints to gain the Champion Sprinter Award.  The Australian raider finished ahead of Equiano (Acclamation), Markab (Green Desert), Sole Power (Kyllachy) and Lady of the Desert (Rahy).

Rite Of Passage (Giant’s Causeway) was named Champion Stayer on the back of his sole flat appearance in the Ascot Gold Cup.  He pipped Americain (Dynaformer), Gentoo (Loup Solitaire) and Sans Frontieres (Galileo).