Roaring Lion was revealed, on Tuesday, November 13, as the 2018 Cartier Horse Of The Year at the 28th annual Cartier Racing Awards, European horseracing’s equivalent of the Oscars.
Owned by Qatar Racing Limited, the outstandingly talented and consistent three-year-old colt becomes the fourth Cartier Horse Of The Year in the last five years to be trained by John Gosden at Newmarket, following on from Kingman (2014), Golden Horn (2015) and Enable (2017).
Purchased as a yearling by Qatar Racing’s racing manager David Redvers at the 2016 Keeneland September sale for US$160,000, the son of Kitten’s Joy enjoyed an outstanding year. Following excellent performances in the 2,000 Guineas and Derby, Roaring Lion landed three G1 contests over 10 furlongs in the space of just over two months from July to September. the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown Park, the Juddmonte International at York and the QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown. Earlier he had also
He followed those successes by dropping back to a mile to claim a hard-fought victory on soft ground in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot on British Champions Day.
Enable this time picked up the Cartier Older Horse award, adding another award to Gosden’s record. After an injury-interrupted campaign, the star filly returned to her brilliant best at the end of the season when winning a second Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp and following up in the Breeders’ Cup Turf at Churchill Downs.
On the night Gosden became only the second trainer to take home a total of five Cartier awards, after Aidan O’Brian achieved the same feat in 2016.
2018 Cartier Racing Awards
Cartier Two-Year-Old Colt: Too Darn Hot (John Gosden)
Cartier Two-Year-Old Filly: Skitter Scatter (Patrick Prendergast)
Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt: Roaring Lion (John Gosden)
Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly: Alpha Centauri (Jessica Harrington)
Cartier Sprinter: Mabs Cross (Michael Dods)
Cartier Stayer: Stradivarius (John Gosden)
Cartier Older Horse: Enable (John Gosden)
Cartier Horse of the Year: Roaring Lion (John Gosden)