Cartier Racing Awards 2020: Ghaiyyath wins Horse of the Year

Ghaiyyath won the Hurworth Bloodstock Coronation Stakes, the Coral-Eclipse and Juddmonte International this year

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Ghaiyyath, winner of the Hurworth Bloodstock Coronation Stakes, the Coral-Eclipse and Juddmonte International, has been voted Cartier Horse of the Year.

Celebrating three decades of the awards, the 30th Cartier Awards would normally racing’s most glamorous occasion away from the racecourse – an end of season dinner for 300 at The Dorchester. But, during a lockdown, can you get more glamorous than a television supper in front of Sky Racing?

The front-running Ghaiyyath, who was also top Older Horse, never saw another horse until he met Magical in the Irish Champion Stakes for his only defeat of the truncated season.

Accepting the award, Hugh Anderson, Godolphin’s managing director promised the next time Godolphin had a Cartier Horse of the Year, he would bring it to the Dorchester.

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Describing Ghaiyyath as one of the all-time Godolphin greats, he added: “He has made 2020 a memorable year for us.”

John Gosden received three awards; one for the Cartier Stayer Stradivarius, one for the top Three-year-old Colt, the St James’s Palace winner Palace Pier and one for himself, the Daily Telegraph Award of Merit.

“I think it has special significance to us this year because Palace Pier has won the Cartier Three-year-old Colt award which means the stable has won this award six of the last seven years,” he said.

“I have always said that unless you have the right horses, the right owners with the right jockey and the best staff, it is hard to climb these heights. I am forever thankful to everyone who has worked around me down the years from America through to here in the UK.”