Cartier Horse of the Year: Baaeed Takes First Prize While Kyprios Names Best Stayer and Highfield Princess Best Sprinter | Race News

Superstar Baaeed won two prizes at the Cartier Racing Awards 2022, including the prestigious title of Horse of the Year.

Son of 2009 Sea The Stars winner, Baaeed started the year unbeaten, winning four consecutive Group 1 races for trainer William Haggas before suffering his only career loss in the Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot in October.

The four-year-old colt, who becomes the first Shadwell-owned horse to receive the award and was also named Oldest Horse of the Year, will be a stallion next year after retiring from racing.

He beat competition for the top prize from Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner Alpinista, four-time Group 1 winner Kyprios and Highfield Princess.

This latter pair was able to win separate awards with Kyprios crowned Cartier Stayer, while Highfield Princess was named Cartier Sprinter.

Cartier Racing Awards 2022 – winners

Cartier Horse of the Year – Baaeed

Two-Year-Old Cartier Colt – Blackbeard

Cartier Filly two years old – Lezoo

Cartier Sprinter – Princess Highfield

Cartier Stayer – Kyprios

Cartier three-year-old colt – Vadeni

Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly – Inspiral

Old Cartier Horse – Baeed

Cartier/The Daily Telegraph Merit Award – Kirsten Rausing

After winning the Cartier Two-Year-Old Filly title in 2021 – won this year by Lezoo – Inspiral was again among the winners, this time receiving the Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly award, a feat matched only by Divine Proportions (2005) and Minding (2016).

The Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt prize went to Arc Vadeni runner-up, which saw Derby winner Desert Crown and the Godolphin duo of Coroebus and Modern Games.

Vadeni (left) ridden by Christophe Soumillon wins The Coral-Eclipse at Sandown

Recently retired Aidan O’Brien’s juvenile star Blackbeard won the Cartier Two-Year-Old Colt award, beating stablemates Auguste Rodin and winner of Little Big Bear and Dewhurst Chaldean.

The recipient of the Cartier/The Daily Telegraph Award of Merit in 2022 is owner-breeder Kirsten Rausing, who had a standout year with the Alpinista Arc triumph and celebrated a first success in the British Classic as a breeder with Eldar Eldarov in St Leger.

British jockey Luke Morris poses with Alpinista after winning the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe
British jockey Luke Morris poses with Alpinista after winning the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe

Laurent Feniou, Managing Director of Cartier UK, said: “Baaeed lit up the season with four brilliant victories and he is a worthy recipient of the Cartier Horse of the Year award.

“We are also delighted to honor Kirsten Rausing, who has given so much to the industry, with the Cartier/The Daily Telegraph Award of Merit.

“It is a privilege for Cartier to be able to recognize these champions of this sport and my most sincere congratulations go to all of this year’s winners.”

Highlights from the 32nd Cartier Racing Awards will air on Sky Sports Racing at 4.15pm on Sunday 13 November.

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