By Simon Jackson.
Kingman was crowned Cartier Horse Of The Year at the 24th annual Cartier Racing Awards at the Dorchester Hotel in London on Tuesday night.
The son of Invincible Spirit was also named leading three-year-old colt after a superb season that saw him win five of his six starts that included four Group 1s.
Kingman, trained by John Gosden for Prince Khalid Abdullah, began his three-year-old campaign with victory in the Group 3 Aon Greenham Stakes, before being narrowly beaten in the QIPCO 2,000 Guineas.
That proved to be his sole defeat as he followed up with victories in the Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas, St James’s Palace Stakes, Sussex Stakes and Prix du Haras de Fresnay-le-Buffard – Jacques le Marois, at Deauville in August.
He was retired at the end of the season having won seven of his eight starts in total and £970,834 in prize money.
Harry Herbert, Cartier’s racing consultant, said: “2014 was another exceptionally strong year for quality flat racing in Europe and horses trained here did well the world over.
“Kingman is an excellent winner of the Cartier Horse Of The Year Award and overcame stiff opposition from Treve, Australia and Noble Mission. He was also successful in the Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt category.
“I wish to congratulate his connections and those of Noble Mission, Taghrooda, Sole Power, Leading Light, Gleneagles and Tiggy Wiggy for being Cartier Racing Award winners too.
“Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum has been rewarded this year for his long-term investment in bloodstock and I am thrilled the Cartier jury gave him the Cartier/Daily Telegraph Award Of Merit.”
2014 Cartier Racing Awards winners:
Horse Of The Year: Kingman
Two-year-old colt: Gleneagles
Two-year-old filly: Tiggy Wiggy
Three-year-old colt: Kingman
Three-year-old filly: Taghrooda
Older horse: Noble Mission
Sprinter: Sole Power
Stayer: Leading Light
Cartier/Daily Telegraph Award of Merit 2014: Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum
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