Aidan O’Brien’s all-conquering three-year-old St Mark’s Basilica took two awards on the Cartier Racing Awards, together with Cartier Horse of the Yr.
The three-year-old colt remained unbeaten in a stellar three-year-old season that included 4 Group One victories, taking the French 2000 Guineas, French Derby, Coral Eclipse and the Irish Champion Stakes.
He additionally gained Three-year-old Colt of the Yr, having collected over £1.8 million in prize cash in 2021, and heads to Coolmore Stud to face as a stallion.
Different nominees for Horse of the Yr included unbeaten twin Group One miler Baaeed, Arc winner Torquator Tasso and Juddmonte Worldwide winner Mishriff.
Aidan O’Brien additionally took the Three-year-old Filly of the Yr with Twin Basic winner Snowfall, who put in a exceptional efficiency to win the Epsom Oaks by 16 lengths, a document for the race.
Cartier Racing Award winners
Horse of the Yr – St Mark’s Basilica
Older Horse of the Yr – Palace Pier
Three-year-old Colt of the Yr – St Mark’s Basilica
Three-year-old Filly of the Yr – Snowfall
Sprinter of the Yr – Starman
Stayer of the Yr – Trueshan
Two-year-old Colt of the Yr – Native Path
Two-year-old Filly of the Yr – Inspiral
She additionally gained the Irish Oaks and Yorkshire Oaks, earlier than being overwhelmed in her ultimate three begins of the season.
The Cartier Older Horse of the Yr was gained by Palace Pier, who landed three Group Ones in 2021 earlier than a slim defeat to Baaeed within the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, the one race he was overwhelmed in for John & Thady Gosden.
July Cup winner Starman took the Sprinter of the Yr, with Ed Walker’s star speedster additionally ending a slim second within the Haydock Dash Cup and third within the Prix Maurice de Gheest.
Trueshan landed two Group One races in 2021 and was a deserved winner of the Stayer of the Yr for Alan King. He took the Goodwood Cup in July earlier than defeating Stradivarius within the Prix du Cadran and once more within the Lengthy Distance Cup on Champions Day.
2000 Guineas favorite Native Path gained the Two-year-old Colt of the Yr, having remained unbeaten in 4 races for Godolphin and Charlie Appleby, touchdown the Nationwide Stakes on the Curragh and Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket.
Inspiral – who heads the 1000 Guineas market – was the Two-year-old Filly of the Yr winner for John & Thady Gosden, after successful the Fillies’ Mile at Newmarket final month in dominant style.