11/17/2010 12:06PM

Goldikova named Cartier Racing Awards Horse of the Year

Barbara D. Livingston
Goldikova wins her third consecutive Breeders' Cup Mile at Churchill Downs on Nov. 6.

Goldikova was named the Cartier Racing Awards Horse of the Year on Tuesday, an honor emblematic of the best horse trained in Europe. The winner of five Group or Grade 1 races in 2010, the Wertheimer brothers’ 5-year-old mare capped her championship season with her third Breeders’ Cup Mile victory on Nov. 6.

The award, determined through a combination of points accumulated in group or graded stakes plus votes by both European racing journalists and readers of the British national daily the Daily Telegraph, was one of two garnered by Goldikova, who also won the best older horse title. In winning the horse of the year title, the Freddie Head trainee beat out 11-length King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes winner Harbinger and seven-length Epsom Derby and Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner Workforce.

The Michael Stoute-trained Workforce did land the 3-year-old colt title. The Ed Dunlop-trained Snow Fairy, winner of both the English and Irish Oaks, was named best 3-year-old filly.

It comes as no surprise that Frankel is the champion 2-year-old colt. The Henry Cecil-trained son of Galileo swept all before him with a 10-length victory in the Royal Lodge Stakes, followed by a convincing triumph in the Dewhurst Stakes. The Aidan O’Brien-trained Misty For Me was named leading juvenile filly by dint of her Group 1 scores in the Prix Marcel Boussac and the Moyglare Stud Stakes.

O’Brien also has the champion sprinter in Starspangledbanner, the Australian import who won the Golden Jubilee Stakes and the July Cup.

The hurdler Rite of Passage, trained by Dermot Weld to win the Ascot Gold Cup, took the stayers title.

Richard Hannon, who trained three Group 1 mile winners in Canford Cliffs, Paco Boy, and Dick Turpin as well as five winners of seven juvenile group races, received the Cartier/Daily Telegraph Award of Merit.

The official European racing titles will be included in the World Thoroughbred Rankings announced Jan. 12.