Treve named Horse of the Year

  • Last Updated: November 13 2013, 11:21 GMT

Treve, named Cartier Horse of the Year at the 23rd annual Cartier Racing Awards, could run at Royal Ascot next season.

Treve: Won the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe
Treve: Won the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe

Trained in France by Criquette Head-Maarek, the Sheikh Joaan Al Thani-owned filly is unbeaten in five starts and secured a stunning five-length triumph in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp.

Treve saw off strong opposition from Sky Lantern, Moonlight Cloud, Novellist and Al Kazeem.

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She also took the Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly award, again ahead of Sky Lantern, with Just The Judge, Chicquita and Talent the other nominees.

Head-Maarek, who confirmed that Treve will stay in training next year with the Prince of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot a possible target on the way to a repeat bid at the Arc, told the audience: "Each time I watch the Arc de Triomphe I get emotional. Sometimes dreams can come true."

"She will have a prep race in France, maybe the Ganay, and then I'd like to go to Ascot during the Royal meeting. The Prince of Wales's Stakes would be a good race for her," she added in an interview on At The Races.

"Then we'll run in the Vermeille and then the Arc, afterwards we will decide where we go and (see) if she is still unbeaten. It is difficult for a horse to go unbeaten like that, we'll see. It's too far away to make a plan."

Moonlight Cloud claimed the Cartier Older Horse award.

Trained by Criquette's brother, Freddy Head, the five-year-old mare is unbeaten this year and secured three more Group One victories to her impressive CV.

There is also the prospect of further glory as she heads out to the Longines Hong Kong International Races next month.

Novellist, Al Kazeem, Declaration Of War and Farhh were the other Cartier Older Horse nominees.

The Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt award went to the Aidan O'Brien-trained Magician, who won the Irish 2,000 Guineas and the Breeders' Cup Turf at Santa Anita earlier this month.

The other nominees were Toronado, Dawn Approach, Trading Leather and Ruler Of The World.

Racing Post Trophy winner Kingston Hill, trained by Roger Varian and owned by Paul Smith, was named leading Cartier Two-Year-Old Colt.

Chriselliam, who capped off a tremendous first season with victories in the Shadwell Fillies' Mile at Newmarket and the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies' Turf, was given the award for Cartier Two-Year-Old Filly.

Lethal Force scooped the accolade for Cartier Sprinter after recording consecutive Group One victories in Royal Ascot's Diamond Jubilee Stakes and the Darley July Cup at Newmarket.

Clive Cox's speedball saw off opposition from Society Rock, Gordon Lord Byron, Slade Power and Sole Power.

Her Majesty The Queen's Estimate, who won the Ascot Gold Cup, was named leading Cartier Stayer ahead of Altano, Tac De Boistron, Brown Panther and Red Cadeaux.

A recorded acceptance speech from The Queen was played in which she said the filly was "sitting in a field at Sandringham and having a rest, watching the deer and things like that".

Jim Bolger was awarded the Cartier/Daily Telegraph Award of Merit for 2013.

The Irishman's decorated racing career began in the 1970s and encompassed unbridled success as a trainer, owner and breeder.

Aidan O'Brien and Tony McCoy were amongst those who learned their trade under the master Coolcullen handler and Bolger paid particular tribute to McCoy - also in the audience - for his recent achievement in riding 4,000 career winners, describing him as "my number one pupil".


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