Tight-knit team, decades of experience resulted in Enable

Cartier Awards Media Release
November 13, 2019 11:39am
The 29th Cartier Racing Awards were staged Tuesday evening in London, England, and the ceremony proved to be the night of John Gosden, with horses from his powerful Clarehaven Stables, which were all partnered by jockey Frankie Dettori, scooping five of the eight equine awards.

Enable was crowned Cartier Horse Of The Year for the second time having previously taken the prestigious award in 2017. She became just the third horse to be a two-time Cartier Horse of The Year after Frankel (2011 and 2012) and Ouija Board (2004 and 2006).
 
Bred by owner Prince Khalid Abdullah's Juddmonte Farms, the 5-year-old added a further three Group 1 successes to her remarkable resume in 2019, with victories in the Coral-Eclipse, King George VI & Queen Elizabeth QStakes and Darley Yorkshire Oaks. The Nathaniel mare, the only European-based filly or mare to gather career earnings of over £10 million, will return to training in 2020.
 
On accepting the Cartier Horse Of The Year Award, Juddmonte Chief Executive Douglas Erskine-Crum said: "On behalf of Prince Khalid and his family, thank you very much indeed to Cartier for this fantastic evening and for the awards ceremony.
 
"I just want to tell you a little bit about the team behind Enable. You have heard from Teddy (Lord Grimthorpe) what she means to the team and it is the team that got her there. It started off eight years ago with Philip Mitchell, who was then general manager, talking with Prince Khalid about matings and giving his advice to send Concentric to Nathaniel. The result of course was Enable.
 
"Philip was with the Prince for nearly 30 years. Enable was then foaled at Banstead Manor Stud under the watchful eye of Simon Mockridge, who is now the stud director there and who is the longest-serving member of Juddmonte; he has worked for the Prince for 39 years. Enable then went to Ireland under the watchful eye of Rory Mahon, who has worked for the Prince for 38 years. Enable was the fifth generation of her family that Rory has been responsible for.
 
"Then Teddy, only 20 years with the Prince, took over and managed Enable as he does with all the Prince's horses so brilliantly.
 
"She went to John Gosden, who has been training for the Prince for 36 years, having had his first horse for the Prince in California in 1983. She was ridden by Frankie who rode his first winner for the Prince in 1989 -- 30 years ago.
 
"So, you can see how important the team is to Enable. I would just like to add the whole Juddmonte team does not work for a company. We work for the most marvelous individual: Prince Khalid. He will be thrilled, as will his sons and his whole family. Many of you will have seen he had seven grandsons at Ascot and at Longchamp.
 
"The future is bright for Juddmonte, and thank you very much indeed for a lovely evening."
 
Horses trained by John Gosden in Newmarket have now taken the Cartier Horse of The Year Award in five of the last six years, courtesy of Kingman (2014), Golden Horn (2015), Roaring Lion (2018) and Enable (2017 and 2019).

Earlier in the evening, Enable was also named Cartier Older Horse for 2019 to equal the record of the legendary Frankel, another Juddmonte homebred, in gaining five Cartier Racing Awards, having also been named Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly in 2017 and Cartier Older Horse in 2018.
 
On receiving the Cartier Older Horse Award, Grimthorpe, racing manager to Prince Khalid Abdullah, said: "A huge thank you to Cartier; they really do it the best, don't they?
 
"Enable has just been so dominating of our lives, and Prince Khalid and his family have absolutely loved every moment of it.
 
"The job that John and Frankie, and especially Imran (Shawani, groom) and all the team at Clarehaven have done is just absolutely wonderful.
 
"Enable has taken us through the whole gamut of emotions and taken us to some very special places. We are truly overwhelmed by all the goodwill and huge waves of pleasure people have got from her and we are very, very grateful. Thank you so much."

 

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