Golden Horn crowned Cartier Horse of the Year

Four-time G1 winner takes top honours and also named Champion Three-Year-Old Colt

Golden Horn capped a magnificent season when crowned Cartier Horse of the Year at a glittering ceremony in London on Tuesday night.

The son of Cape Cross, who will stand at Dalham Hall Stud next year, also scooped the title as Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt, besting the Darley July Cup winner Muhaarar, Irish Derby victor Jack Hobbs and dual Guineas winner Gleneagles.

Golden Horn became only the third horse in history to complete the treble of the Derby, Eclipse and Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, a triumvirate that includes such greats as Mill Reef and Sea The Stars. 

Anthony Oppenheimer’s homebred, who is the world's highest-rated performer on turf this year, also added the Irish Champion Stakes to his G1 tally, having also taken the G2 Dante Stakes and set a new stakes record in the Listed Feilden Stakes on his way to Epsom glory. On his final start last month Golden Horn lost nothing in defeat when finishing a battling second in the G1 Breeders’ Cup Turf at Keeneland. 

Cartier’s racing consultant Harry Herbert said: “The Cartier Racing Awards are 25 years old and we could hardly have wished for a better season in European horseracing. Golden Horn carried nearly all before him and is a worthy recipient of Cartier Horse of the Year.”

Golden Horn will stand next season at £60,000 Oct 1 SLF.