Aidan O’Brien’s three-year-old St Mark’s Basilica has won two awards at the Cartier Racing Awards, including Cartier Horse of the Year.
The three-year-old foal went undefeated in a stellar three-year season that included four Group One wins, taking over 2000 French Guineas, the French Derby, Coral Eclipse and the Irish Champion Stakes.
He also won three-year Colt of the Year, having collected over £ 1.8 million in prize money in 2021, and heads to Coolmore Stud to introduce himself as a stallion.
Others nominated for the horse of the year included the undefeated double miler of Gruppo Uno Baaeed, the winner of the Arc Torquator Tasso and the winner of the Juddmonte International Mishriff.
Aidan O’Brien also grabbed the three-year Filly of the Year award with the winner of the Dual Classic Snowfall, who scored a remarkable performance by winning the 16-length Epsom Oaks, a race record.
Cartier Racing Award Winners
Horse of the Year – Basilica of San Marco
Old Horse of the Year – Palace Pier
Foal of the year three years old – Basilica of San Marco
Three-year-old filly of the year – Snowfall
Sprinter of the Year – Starman
Stayer of the Year – Trueshan
Two-year Colt of the Year – Native Trail
Two year old filly of the year – Inspiral
She also won the Irish Oaks and Yorkshire Oaks, before being beaten in the last three starts of the season.
The Cartier Older Horse of the Year was won by Palace Pier, who scored three Group Ones in 2021 before a narrow defeat to Baaeed in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, the only race in which he was beaten by John and Thady Gosden .
July Cup winner Starman won Sprinter of the Year, with speed star Ed Walker also finishing a close second in the Haydock Sprint Cup and third in the Prix Maurice de Gheest.
Trueshan landed two Group One races in 2021 and was a well-deserved Stayer of the Year winner for Alan King. He won the Goodwood Cup in July before defeating Stradivarius in the Prix du Cadran and again in the Long Distance Cup on Champions Day.
2000 Guinea’s favorite Native Trail won two-year Colt of the Year, having remained undefeated in four races for Godolphin and Charlie Appleby, landing the National Stakes at the Curragh and Dewhurst Stakes in Newmarket.
Inspiral – which leads the 1000 Guineas market – was the two-year Filly of the Year winner for John & Thady Gosden, after winning the Fillies’ Mile in Newmarket last month in a dominant fashion.