11/17/2005 12:00AM

Hurricane Run honored


Hurricane Run was named European horse of the year at the 15th annual Cartier Racing Awards in London on Wednesday night.

The highly impressive winner of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe as well as the Irish Derby, Hurricane Run was also selected as Europe's best 3-year-old colt. Part of Montjeu's brilliant first crop, he will remain in training next year with Andre Fabre.

Last year's Cartier juvenile filly champ, Divine Proportions, repeated as leading 3-year-old filly by virtue of her victories in the French 1000 Guineas and French Oaks. Azamour's triumphs in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes and the Prince of Wales's Stakes earned him the best older horse award, while Westerner took honors as Europe's premier stayer and Avonbridge was named best sprinter.

A pair of Aidan O'Brien trainees by Danehill swept the 2-year-old awards. George Washington, the winner of two Irish Group 1 events in the National Stakes and the Phoenix Stakes, was honored as best juvenile colt. The filly award went to Rumplestiltskin, the winner of two Group 1's herself in the Moyglare Stud Stakes and the Prix Marcel Boussac.

The Cartier Awards are not to be confused with Europe's official championship awards, the World Thoroughbred Rankings, which will be announced in January.