Mind­ing, O’Brien dom­i­nate horse of the year awards

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS -

Out­stand­ing filly Mind­ing and her Ir­ish trainer Ai­dan O’Brien dom­i­nated the main Euro­pean rac­ing awards. Mind­ing, which won the Cartier Award for Horse of the Year, won the English 1,000 Guineas and Ep­som Oaks clas­sics un­der the guid­ance of the 46-year-old O’Brien who was given the merit award. She saw off strong com­pe­ti­tion from sta­ble­mate Found, who led home an un­prece­dented O’Brien 1-2-3 in the Prix de l’Arc de Tri­om­phe, and French colt Al­man­zor, who pulled off the Ir­ish and English Cham­pion Stakes dou­ble. Mind­ing could add more Group One suc­cess to her list as she looks set to stay in train­ing as a four-year-old.

Found-who never fin­ished out­side the first three in 10 starts this term — won the award for older horses while Al­man­zor was the best three-year-old colt. Found is now in re­tire­ment whilst Al­man­zor will prob­a­bly re­main in train­ing. O’Brien-who fell three short of the late Bobby Frankel’s world record haul of 25 Group One wins in a year-also saw his Arc third placed Or­der of St Ge­orge pick up the stayer of the year ti­tle.

O’Brien’s fourth award win­ner was Churchill, who won the two-year-old colt award. Lady Aure­lia be­came the first Amer­i­can horse to col­lect a Cartier gong, win­ning the two year old fil­lies cat­e­gory af­ter two ma­jor suc­cesses in Europe.

O’Brien, who will face se­ri­ous op­po­si­tion from his son for­mer Derby win­ning jockey Joseph next year, was widely praised by his peers. Jim Bol­ger who taught O’Brien the ropes when he was his as­sis­tant said it had been a blow when O’Brien went off to train. “I’d have done any­thing short of mar­ry­ing him to keep him work­ing for me,” said the 74-year-old 2008 Ep­som Derby win­ning han­dler. —AFP

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