Treve (left): hammered her rivals in the Prix de l'Arc de TriomphePICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Arc heroine crowned Cartier horse of the year
UNBEATEN Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner Treve underlined her superstar status on Tuesday night when crowned horse of the year at the 23rd annual Cartier Racing Awards, European racing's equivalent of the Oscars, before an invited audience of 330 at the Dorchester Hotel in London.
Trained by Criquette Head-Maarek for Sheikh Joaan Al Thani, the daughter of Motivator has triumphed on all five of her starts, the latest three in Group 1 company, and remains in training next year.
Treve, who saw off strong opposition from Sky Lantern, Moonlight Cloud, Novellist and Al Kazeem to take the top accolade, also collected the three-year-old filly award, again ahead of Sky Lantern, with Just The Judge, Chicquita and Talent the other nominees.
There was compensation for Moonlight Cloud, who picked up the older horse award. Trained by Criquette's brother Freddy Head for George Strawbridge, the five-year-old mare is unbeaten this year and has won three Group 1s, with the prospect of further glory to come as she is due to run in Hong Kong next month. Novellist, Al Kazeem, Declaration Of War and Farhh were the other nominees.
The three-year-old colt award went to Magician. Owned by a Coolmore syndicate and trained by Aidan O'Brien, the Galileo colt won the Irish 2,000 Guineas and, after missing the middle part of the season, was brought back to action with a stunning victory in the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Turf at Santa Anita this month.
Racing Post Trophy winner Kingston Hill is the best horse to have been trained by Roger Varian and Paul Smith's colt added to his prestige by landing the two-year-old colt award by the narrowest of margins from War Command, followed by Toormore, Outstrip and Sudirman.
Varian said on his website on Wednesday: "Kingston Hill has come a long way in a very short space of time. To go from winning a maiden to a Group 1 within five weeks is quite an achievement and is credit to his constitution and talent .
"I am thrilled for the horse and for his owner Paul Smith, who is such a keen enthusiast and supporter of the sport.
"It is a very special award to receive and hopefully he can go on and follow in the footsteps of many of the champions who have won it in the past."
The Charlie Hills-trained Chriselliam collected the two-year-old filly award following her victories in the Group 1 Shadwell Fillies' Mile at Newmarket and Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies' Turf, while Clive Cox's Lethal Force saw off opposition from Society Rock, Gordon Lord Byron, Slade Power and Sole Power to be named sprinter of the year.
The biggest cheer of the week at Royal Ascot came when the Queen's Estimate landed the Gold Cup in thrilling fashion, and the four-year-old filly took the honours in the stayers' category ahead of Altano, Tac De Boistron, Brown Panther and Red Cadeaux.
Jim Bolger collected the Cartier/Daily Telegraph Award of Merit for 2013. In addition to an illustrious career that has encompassed success as a trainer, owner and breeder, Bolger has also nurtured human talent, with Tony McCoy and Aidan O'Brien among those who started to learn their trade under his guidance.