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Star horse Goldikova lands top racing award

Olivier Peslier on Goldikova
Jockey Olivier Peslier celebrates the Breeders' Cup win

Record-breaking mare Goldikova has been named racehorse of the year at the Cartier Racing Awards.

She saw off rivals including Epsom Derby and Arc winner Workforce and King George victor Harbinger to land the prestigious honour.

The five-year-old, trained in France by Freddie Head, won an unprecedented third Breeders' Cup Mile this month.

English trainer Richard Hannon won a merit award, while Workforce was named three-year-old champion.

Goldikova, who will stay in training next year, broke the record for top-class race wins by a European-based horse in a year which brought her 12th Group or Grade One win.

She won the award for older horse for the second year running, the first to do so in 20 years of the coveted awards.

Her European victories in 2010 came in the Prix d'Ispahan, Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot, Prix Rothschild and Prix de la Foret, while her only defeat was as runner-up on very soft ground behind Classic-winning three-year-old colt Makfi in the Prix Jacques le Marois at Deauville.

At the awards, she beat Workforce, triple Group One-winning miler Canford Cliffs, King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes victor Harbinger, who had to retire after that race following an injury, and Twice Over, successful in the Coral-Eclipse Stakes and Champion Stakes.

Harbinger, Twice Over, this season's triple Group One winner Midday and Juddmonte International Stakes winner Rip Van Winkle were the other nominees for older horse.

Workforce, who won the Derby by seven lengths, narrowly took the three-year-old colt honour from Canford Cliffs, who triumphed in the Irish 2000 Guineas, St James's Palace Stakes and Sussex Stakes.

Irish Derby and Irish Champion Stakes victor Cape Blanco, Goldikova's Prix Jacques Le Marois conqueror and 2,000 Guineas hero Makfi, and Prix Jean Prat winner Dick Turpin, were the others nominated in that category.

The three-year-old filly award went to dual Oaks winner Snow Fairy, who won a Group One contest in Japan on Sunday.

She finished ahead of Prix de Diane heroine Sarafina, 1,000 Guineas and Poule d'Essai des Pouliches winner Special Duty, Falmouth Stakes scorer Music Show and Lillie Langtry, successful in the Coronation Stakes.

Frankel maintained his unbeaten status with a brilliant victory in a hot renewal of the Dewhurst Stakes and earned the two-year-old colt award from big-race winners Dream Ahead, Casamento, Wootton Bassett and Pathfork.

Dual Group One winner Misty For Me was champion two-year-old filly while Starspangledbanner took the sprinter prize, and Ascot Gold Cup winner Rite of Passage was named the top stayer.

Richard Hannon, who trains Canford Cliffs and clinched a second British trainers' title, was the award of merit winner.

His son, Richard junior, fought back tears as he collected the award on behalf of his father.

An 18-strong jury decide who receives the award, previously won by the likes of Henry Cecil, Sir Peter O'Sullevan, Frankie Dettori and Lester Piggott, in recognition of their contribution to European racing and/or breeding.

The other awards are determined by points earned during races, combined with the opinions of a panel of racing journalists and votes from readers of the Racing Post and the Daily Telegraph.


Two-Year-Old colt: Frankel

Two-Year-Old filly: Misty For Me

Three-Year-Old colt: Workforce

Three-Year-Old filly: Snow Fairy

Sprinter: Starspangledbanner

Stayer: Rite Of Passage

Older Horse: Goldikova

Horse of the Year: Goldikova

Cartier/Daily Telegraph Award of Merit: Richard Hannon

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Starspangledbanner wins July Cup
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Starspangledbanner wins at Ascot
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Goldikova and Cliffs win at Ascot
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Snow Fairy romps to Oaks double
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Workforce powers to Derby victory
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Snow Fairy storms to Oaks victory
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