Trio of Goodwood winners scoop Cartier horse-of-year awards

Solow flies in the Qatar Sussex Stakes / Picture by Tommy McMillan
Solow flies in the Qatar Sussex Stakes / Picture by Tommy McMillan
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Three horses who won Group races at the 2015 Qatar Goodwood Festival have had their successes acknowledged at the annual Cartier Awards in London.

Solow won the Cartier Older Horse Award, recognising his unbeaten season that included victory in Goodwood’s Group One Qatar Sussex Stakes and four further Group One wins.

He was also nominated for Cartier Horse of the Year, which was won by the Derby and Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner Golden Horn. Solow, a five-year-old grey gelding, is trained in France by Freddy Head who suggests he will remain in training next year.

The Cartier Three-year-old Filly Award was given to Legatissimo, who won the Group One Qatar Nassau Stakes at Glorious. Trained by David Wachman in Ireland, the filly had a superb season, taking the QIPCO 1,000 Guineas and Coolmore Fastnet Rock Matron Stakes as well as the Nassau.

Only the second three-year-old to win the Cartier Stayer Award, Simple Verse had a dramatic year that included her winning, losing and being reinstated as the winner of the Ladbrokes St Leger after a steward’s enquiry and subsequent appeal. This came after she had won the Group Three Markel Insurance Fillies’ Stakes (Lillie Langtry) at the Qatar Goodwood Festival.

The Cartier Racing Awards were established in 1991 to reward excellence in horseracing. European horseracing’s top awards are delivered through a combination of points earned by horses in Pattern races throughout 2015 (30%), combined at the end of season with the opinions of a panel of racing journalists (35%) and votes from readers of Racing Post and The Daily Telegraph plus Channel 4 Racing viewers (35%).

Solow, a five-year-old grey gelding, is trained in France by Freddy Head who suggests he will remain in training next year.

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