Minding scoops two Cartier awards as Aidan O'Brien and Coolmore dominate
Minding was named Cartier Horse of the Year at the 26th annual Cartier Racing Awards at the Dorchester Hotel, in London.
The three-year-old Galileo filly, trained by Aidan O'Brien, was a five-time Group One winner in 2016 at distances ranging from a mile to a mile and a half.
Her rivals in the Cartier Horse Of The Year category were Almanzor, Found, Postponed and Highland Reel.
Minding also claimed top honours in the Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly category, ahead of Alice Springs, Quiet Reflection and La Cressonniere, on a night dominated by O'Brien and owners Coolmore.
Minding's stablemate Found, who led home a remarkable 1-2-3 for O'Brien and Coolmore in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, was named Cartier Older Horse of the year, ahead of Postponed, Limato and Highland Reel.
Ascot Gold Cup hero Order Of St George landed the Cartier Stayer Award for the Ballydoyle-Coolmore axis, with Quest For More, Vazirabad and Sheikzayedroad also in contention for the prize.
The fifth award in a stellar year for O'Brien and Coolmore went to Churchill, who was named Cartier Two-Year-Old Colt of the year. The other nominees in this category were Caravaggio, The Last Lion and Mehmas.
French ace Almanzor, the Irish and English Champion Stakes winner, scooped the award for Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt, ahead of Galileo Gold, Harzand and The Gurkha.
Quiet Reflection became the first three-year-old filly to win the Cartier Sprinter Award, with Limato, Mecca's Angel and The Tin Man also in the hat for the prize.
Lady Aurelia was named Cartier Two-Year-Old Filly of the year, which was down largely to her breathtaking Royal Ascot success in the Queen Mary Stakes. Rhododendron, Brave Anna and Roly Poly were the other contenders.
The Cartier/Daily Telegraph Award of Merit went to O'Brien, who has enjoyed a truly stunning year.
Cartier racing consultant Harry Herbert said: "I would like to extend my congratulations to the Coolmore team on the phenomenal achievement of gaining a record five awards at the 26th annual Cartier Racing Awards.
"Minding and Found are brilliant fillies, while Order Of St George is a stayer out of the top drawer and Churchill's performances bode well for 2017.
"Aidan O'Brien's achievements, with Minding, Found, Order of St George and Churchill plus many others in 2016 and during the last 25 years, speak for themselves and this outstanding trainer richly deserves the Cartier/Daily Telegraph Award of Merit."
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Source: At The Races