Ghaiyyath is Horse of the Year at the 30th annual Cartier Racing Awards

Published 2020/11/21

The Cartier Racing Awards were established in 1991 to reward excellence in horseracing. There are eight equine awards - the Cartier Horse Of The Year, the Cartier Older Horse, the Cartier Sprinter, the Cartier Stayer, the Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt, the Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly, the Cartier Two-Year-Old Colt and the Cartier Two-Year-Old Filly.

European horseracing's top awards are delivered through a tried and tested combination of points earned by horses in Pattern races (30%), combined at the end of season with the opinions of a panel of racing journalists/handicappers (35%) and votes from readers of Racing Post and The Daily Telegraph (35%).

In addition to the equine awards, the Cartier/Daily Telegraph Award of Merit goes to the person or persons who, in the opinion of the special 16-strong Cartier Jury, has/have done the most for European racing and/or breeding either over their lifetime or within the past 12 months.

A bold front runner, Ghaiyyath lit up the summer with dominant victories in three G1 contests – the Hurworth Bloodstock Coronation Cup, the Coral-Eclipse and the Juddmonte International. The other nominees for Cartier Horse of the Year were Addeybb, Battaash and Love.

Trained by Charlie Appleby and ridden by William Buick throughout 2020, Ghaiyyath also takes the honours in the Cartier Older Horse category ahead of Addeybb, Enable and Magical.

Palace Pier, owned by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum and trained by John Gosden, takes the Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt award following a superb campaign that saw him defeat the best of his own generation in the G1 St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot and then successfully take on the older generation in the G1 Prix du Haras de Fresnay-le-Buffard Jacques Le Marois at Deauville. The other nominees for Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt were Kameko, Pinatubo and Siskin.

There have been few more spectacular Classic successes than that of Love in this year’s G1 Investec Oaks and she is named the Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly in 2020. The daughter of Galileo, trained by Aidan O’Brien for a Coolmore syndicate, was undefeated in three starts, following up success in the QIPCO 1000 Guineas by winning the G1 Investec Oaks (by nine lengths) and the G1 Darley Yorkshire Oaks (by five lengths). Also nominated for Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly were Alpine Star, Fancy Blue and Wonderful Tonight.

Not many horses in training boast a following as large as Hamdan Al Maktoum’s Battaash and he takes the Cartier Sprinter honours this year. Now a six-year-old, Battaash was better than ever in 2020 and won all three of his starts over five furlongs – Royal Ascot’s G1 King’s Stand Stakes, the G2 King George Qatar Stakes at Goodwood (for a fourth time) and the G1 Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes at York (for a second time). The Charlie Hills-trained speedster takes the honours ahead of Dream Of Dreams, Glass Slippers and Glen Shiel.

For the third year in succession, Stradivarius is named Cartier Stayer. Owned by Bjorn Nielsen and trained by John Gosden, the six-year-old captured the G1 Gold Cup at Royal Ascot for a third time while at Goodwood the following month he won the G1 Al Shaqab Goodwood Cup for a remarkable fourth time. Also nominated for Cartier Stayer were Galileo Chrome, Princess Zoe and Wonderful Tonight.

Van Gogh is the Cartier Two-Year-Old Colt in 2020, seeing off competition from Battleground, Mac Swiney and St Mark's Basilica. Owned by a Coolmore syndicate and trained by Aidan O’Brien, the American Pharoah colt signed off his campaign with a dominant victory in the G1 Criterium International at Saint-Cloud.

In the Cartier Two-Year-Old Filly category, Pretty Gorgeous takes the honours. Trained by Joseph O’Brien for US-based John Oxley, she finished the year with G1 success in the bet365 Fillies’ Mile at Newmarket. Also nominated for Cartier Two-Year-Old Filly were Alcohol Free, Campanelle and Tiger Tanaka.

John Gosden OBE is the recipient of the Cartier/Daily Telegraph Award of Merit in 2020. The master trainer has saddled over 3,500 winners to date in his 41-year career and continues to go from strength to strength. Expertly handling the best horses for the world’s leading owners, he has been responsible for a record five Cartier Horse of the Year recipients – Kingman (2014), Golden Horn (2015), Enable (2017 & 2019) and Roaring Lion (2018).

Harry Herbert, Cartier’s Racing Consultant, commented: “Back in the spring, nobody knew if we would even have a European Flat season in 2020 but with the hard work of everyone in the racing industry we were ultimately rewarded with a season to savour.

“Racing cannot continue without the ongoing support of owners and I would like to extend my congratulations to tonight’s winners - Godolphin, Coolmore, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum, Bjorn Nielsen and John Oxley.

“John Gosden has truly reached the summit of his profession and is the perfect recipient for the Cartier/Daily Telegraph Award of Merit in 2020. With his supreme eloquence and communication skills, racing is very lucky to have such a fabulous ambassador.

“I would like to end by extending special thanks to Cartier, Sky Sports Racing. The Daily Telegraph and Racing Post.

“Cartier’s support of these prestigious awards stretches right back to 1991 and is ongoing, even in today’s troubled times. We are truly blessed to be able to enjoy such tremendous support.”

Laurent Feniou, Managing Director of Cartier UK, commented: “In what has proved to be a year in which so many people have faced exceptional challenges, I am delighted for the Cartier Racing Awards to be broadcast on Sky Sports Racing allowing the racing public to join us in watching the presentation this year. It is an honour to celebrate the very best of horseracing, especially this year as we honour the 30th anniversary of the Cartier Racing Awards. My heartfelt congratulations go out to this exceptional year’s winners.

“I would like to thank our long-standing media partners, the Racing Post and Daily Telegraph. A special thanks to Sky Sports Racing, with their assistance, we have produced a programme to be proud of, and I encourage everyone to tune in at 8.30pm tonight.”

About the Cartier Racing Awards The Cartier Racing Awards were established in 1991 to reward excellence in European horseracing. There are eight equine awards, ranging from the Cartier Horse Of The Year to the Cartier Two-Year-Old Colt and Cartier Two-Year-Old Filly.

In addition, the Cartier/Daily Telegraph Award of Merit goes to the person or persons who, in the opinion of the Cartier Jury, has/have done the most for European racing and/or breeding either over their lifetime or within the past 12 months.

European horseracing's top awards are arrived at through three established strands. Points are earned by horses in Pattern races (30% of the total) and these are combined at the end of season with the opinions of a panel of racing journalists/handicappers (35%) and votes from readers of Racing Post and The Daily Telegraph (35%).

The 30th annual Cartier Racing Awards will be awarded in November 2020.

About Cartier

A reference in the world of luxury, Cartier, whose name is synonymous with open-mindedness and curiosity, stands out with its creations and reveals beauty wherever it may be found.

Jewellery, fine jewellery, watchmaking and fragrances, leathergoods and accessories: Cartier's creations symbolize the convergence between exceptional craftsmanship and a timeless signature. Today, the Maison has a worldwide presence through its 265 boutiques. www.cartier.com

About Sky Sports Racing and At The Races Sky

Sports Racing is the UK's largest, dedicated horseracing TV channel and is produced at Sky's studios alongside all other Sky Sports channels.

Sky Sports Racing is available in 14 million multi-channel homes across the UK and Ireland at no extra cost to Sky and Virgin Media subscribers.

attheraces.com and the At The Races app form the UK and Ireland's leading digital platform for horse racing and generate up to 13 million user sessions per month (Google Analytics).

For more information, please contact Harry Herbert, Cartier's Racing Consultant (01488 669166), Lauren Roffle, Head Of Press & PR, Cartier Ltd (020 3810 5017) or Ben Cox of Racenews (020 7704 0326)

Cartier Horse of the Year & Cartier Older Horse

GHAIYYATH (IRE)

 

5 b h Dubawi (IRE) – Nightime (IRE) (Galileo (IRE))

2020 Form: 11112

Owner: Godolphin

Trainer: Charlie Appleby

Breeder: Springbank Way Stud

Jockey: William Buick

Ghaiyyath becomes the third horse owned by the Maktoum family’s racing operation, Godolphin, to be named Cartier Horse of the Year following Daylami (1999) and Fantastic Light (2001).

Bred in Ireland by trainer Dermot Weld’s Springbank Way Stud, Ghaiyyath’s sire is the great Dubawi while his dam, Nightime, was owned and bred by Weld’s mother Marguerite. Nightime won the 2006 Irish 1,000 Guineas under Pat Smullen, providing multiple champion sire Galileo with his first G1 winner, and has proved an exceptional broodmare. Prior to Ghaiyyath, she had already produced G1 Man o' War Stakes heroine Zhukova. With such an imperious pedigree, it was no surprise that Ghaiyyath was very much wanted as a foal with John Ferguson, acting on behalf of Sheikh Mohammed, having to go to €1.1 million at Goffs in November, 2015, to secure him.

He was sent into training with Charlie Appleby in Newmarket and made his first racecourse appearance in a maiden at Doncaster’s St Leger meeting in 2017, finishing a promising third. He duly built on that promise with an eye-catching five-length victory later in the month in a similar contest at Newmarket. His final juvenile outing was a taste of things to come as Ghaiyyath came out on top in the mile G3 Masar Godolphin Autumn Stakes at Newmarket in October. Despite enjoying a far from clear run in the closing stages, he was the ultimately comfortable length and three-quarter winner.

Unfortunately, a setback in training meant it would be 343 days before Ghaiyyath next appeared on a racecourse. There was a lot to like when he did reappear, as he made light work of his six rivals to take the 10-furlong G3 Prix du Prince d'Orange at Longchamp by three lengths. That would prove to be Ghaiyyath’s only start during his three-year-old season.

Having only had the one outing in 2018, Ghaiyyath made an early start in 2019 and began his season with a comfortable success in the G2 Prix d’Harcourt at Longchamp in April. If Ghaiyyath had shown promise over his first two seasons, it was here that he announced himself as being worthy of his place at the top table as he made all the running before being heavily eased for a very comfortable length and three-quarter success.

That performance duly earned Ghaiyyath his first crack at a G1 contest and he ran with considerable credit to take third behind subsequent Qatar Prix de l’Arc Triomphe winner Waldgeist in the Prix Ganay at Longchamp. After making the running in the extended 10-furlong contest, he was headed entering the final furlong but kept on gamely to go down by just over four and a half lengths.

It was not until September that Ghaiyyath next appeared when he was sent to Germany and stepped up to a mile and half for the G1 147th Longines Grosser Preis von Baden. It would prove to be one of the most sensational performances of the season, with Ghaiyyath taking up the running after three furlongs and sauntering clear for a 14-length victory. That effort saw Ghaiyyath emerge as a contender for Europe’s middle-distance championship, the G1 Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. In a hot race, he was not unfancied in the betting market but was never able to land a blow as he came home a well-beaten 10th behind Waldgeist. In fairness, the very soft underfoot conditions were probably not to his liking.

In 2020, Ghaiyyath made an early reappearance and had little trouble winning the G3 Dubai Millennium Stakes at Meydan, UAE, in February. His next intended target, the G1 Dubai Sheema Classic on Dubai World Cup at the end of March was sadly an early casualty of the COVID-19 pandemic and it would not be until racing resumed in the UK in June that Ghaiyyath would be seen next.

The G1 Hurworth Bloodstock Coronation Cup, run at Newmarket this year, saw an outstanding performance from Ghaiyyath. Making all the running, he went clear of his field after the first half mile and was never in any danger thereafter, winning in a track record time. At the finish, he had two and a half lengths to spare over 2019 Derby winner Anthony Van Dyck with outstanding stayer Stradivarius another two and a half lengths away in third.

Despite such an amazing performance, Ghaiyyath did not start favourite on his next start in the G1 Coral-Eclipse at Sandown Park in July. That was due to the fact that his six opponents included the mighty Enable, Cartier Horse of the Year in 2017 and 2019. It proved to be another amazing all-the-way win for Ghaiyyath and he was never seriously challenged as he came home two and a quarter lengths to the good over Enable.

He remained at a mile and a quarter for his high-summer assignment, York’s G1 Juddmonte International. A strong field included multiple G1-winning mare Magical, impressive G1 Prince of Wales’s Stakes winner Lord North and Kameko, successful in the G1 QIPCO 2000 Guineas. Once again, it was another all the way win for Ghaiyyath and probably his most impressive success to date as he was eased down to defeat Magical by three lengths.

His final outing came in the G1 Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown in September, when Magical reversed the York placings to come out on top by three-quarters of a length. Ghaiyyath had once again led but was just headed close home.

A trip to Keeneland, USA, for the Breeders’ Cup was reported to be on Ghaiyyath’s agenda after Leopardstown but signs of soreness during work unfortunately meant this plan had to be aborted. His retirement was announced and Ghaiyyath will stand at Darley’s Kildangan Stud in Ireland.

Paying tribute on Ghaiyyath’s retirement, trainer Charlie Appleby said: “Ghaiyyath has had a fantastic career, winning nine of his 13 races. His high-class cruising speed and relentless style of galloping was a joy to watch and as I have said before, this year he came together both physically and mentally and looked the finished article….He was an outstanding part of the Moulton Paddocks team and I know that his numerous top-level successes gave our Principal, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed, a great deal of pleasure.”

The year 2020 may be one many people want to forget, but the way Ghaiyyath lit up the racecourse with his courageous front-running performances was a sight to behold and will live long in the memory.

Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt PALACE PIER

3 b c Kingman - Beach Frolic (Nayef (USA))

2020 Form: 1113

Owner: Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum

Trainer: John Gosden

Breeder: Highclere Stud and Floors Farming

Jockey: Robert Havlin (one start), Frankie Dettori (three starts)

Palace Pier scoops the Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt Award following a Group 1 double during the summer that stamped him as the leading miler in Europe.

A 600,000 guineas purchase at Tattersalls as a yearling, Palace Pier came into the season on the back of two impressive minor race victories at Sandown Park as a two-year-old.

With no Pattern race experience to his name, trainer John Gosden decided against a tilt at the G1 QIPCO 2000 Guineas on June 6 in favour of a three-year-old handicap at Newcastle that same afternoon.

Following an easy success on the All-Weather under Robert Havlin, Palace Pier was reunited with Frankie Dettori in the G1 St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Wichita and Pinatubo were the form horses in opposition having lost little in defeat in the QIPCO 2000 Guineas but it was Palace Pier’s blistering closing sectional of 23.39s that won the day as he prevailed close home in a thrilling three-way finish.

Palace Pier’s standout performance came next time out in France’s premier mile race, the G1 Prix du Haras de Fresnay-le-Buffard Jacques Le Marois at Deauville in August. Despite the testing conditions, Palace Pier motored home to defeat Alpine Star in clear-cut fashion, with bona fide G1 performers Circus Maximus and Persian King well beaten in third and fourth.

After five wins on the bounce, Palace Pier lost his unbeaten record in the G1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot on QIPCO British Champions Day, coming home third behind The Revenant after losing a shoe.

The Kingman colt is set to stay in training next year.

Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly

 LOVE(IRE)

3 ch f Galileo (IRE) - Pikaboo (Pivotal)

2020 Form: 111

Owner: Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier

Trainer: Aidan O’Brien IRE

Breeder: Coolmore

Jockey: Ryan Moore

Love receives the Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly award after an unbeaten campaign that yielded two deeply impressive Classic triumphs and ranks her as one of the most exciting horses in world racing.

Love had already proven herself at the top table during a busy juvenile campaign, with the pick of her three wins (from seven starts) coming in the G1 Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh in September 2019.

The daughter of Galileo figured prominently in the betting for both the G1 QIPCO 1000 Guineas and the G1 Investec Oaks, with trainer Aidan O’Brien aiming to use the mile Classic on June 7 as a stepping-stone to longer distances later in the season.

With that in mind, Love’s performance over Newmarket’s famous Rowley Mile in the QIPCO 1000 Guineas only whetted the appetite for the season ahead. Her winning margin of four and a half lengths was the second biggest in the race this century, bettered only by fellow O’Brien inmate Homecoming Queen in 2009.

Stepping up to 12 furlongs for the Investec Oaks on July 4 looked ideal given Love’s stout pedigree and so it proved as she left her rivals trailing inside the final furlong. The winning distance of nine lengths, the biggest since Sun Princess in 1983, was backed up on the clock with a race record time of 2m 34.06s.

York’s Ebor Festival in August would, unfortunately, end up being Love’s final appearance of the campaign as she returned from a short break to land the G1 Yorkshire Oaks by five lengths.

Love was ruled out of the G1 Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in the autumn due to the very soft ground, with O’Brien revealing subsequently that she will stay in training as a four-year-old.

Cartier Stayer

STRADIVARIUS (IRE)

6 ch h Sea The Stars (IRE) - Private Life (FR) (Bering)

2020 Form: 311270

Owner: Bjorn Nielsen

Trainer: John Gosden

Breeder: Bjorn Nielsen

Jockey: Frankie Dettori (five stars), Olivier Peslier (one start)

Hugely popular six-year-old Stradivarius claims the Cartier Stayer title for the third year in succession.

Bjorn Nielsen’s homebred has made the staying division his own in recent seasons, though few could have foreseen the manner of his stunning 10-length victory in this year’s G1 Gold Cup at Royal Ascot - his third straight win in the two-and-a-half-mile showpiece.

Stradivarius created history on his next start by becoming the first four-time winner of the G1 Al Shaqab Goodwood Cup at the Qatar Goodwood Festival.

Connections planned from the start of the season to build his autumn campaign around a tilt at the G1 Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomph and he was not disgraced in the 12-furlong highlight, finishing sixth behind Sottsass.

Stradivarius was clearly not himself on his final start in the G2 QIPCO British Champions Long Distance Cup at Ascot, coming home 12th of the 13 runners.

He is likely to stay in training next year, with Yeats’ record of four Gold Cups in his sights.

Cartier Sprinter

BATTAASH (IRE)

6 b g Dark Angel (IRE) - Anna Law (IRE) (Lawman (FR))

2020 Form: 111

Owner: Hamdan Al Maktoum

Trainer: Charlie Hills

Breeder: Ballyphilip Stud

Jockey: Jim Crowley

For the first time in his distinguished career, five-furlong star Battaash is crowned Cartier Sprinter following a superb unbeaten campaign.

The six-year-old first burst onto the scene as a three-year-old with blazing victories in the G2 King George Qatar Stakes at Goodwood and the G1 Prix de l’Abbaye at Chantilly.

He started this season with victory in the G1 King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot, a race in which he had finished second twice previously to Blue Point, last year’s Cartier Sprinter.

Battaash then landed the G2 King George Qatar Stakes for an unprecedented fourth time and the G1 Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes at York for the second year in succession.

In testament to his ability, the son of Dark Angel holds the five-furlong track record at Goodwood (55.62s set in 2020), York (55.90s set in 2019) and Sandown Park (58.57s set in 2017).

Battaash, who has won 13 of his 23 career starts, is due to race on again in 2021.

Cartier Two-Year-Old Colt

VAN GOGH (USA)

b c American Pharoah (USA) - Imagine (IRE) (Sadler’s Wells (USA))

2020 Form: 4262121

Owner: Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier & Diane Nagle

Trainer: Aidan O’Brien IRE

Breeder: Barrownstown Stud

Jockey: Wayne Lordan (two starts), Ryan Moore (two starts), Seamie Heffernan (two starts), Pierre-Charles Boudot (one start)

Van Gogh takes the Cartier Two-Year-Old Colt award thanks to an impressive G1 success in France at the backend of the season.

The American Pharoah colt, who is a half-brother to G1 victor Horatio Nelson, contested three Pattern races before shedding his maiden tag at the Curragh in late September.

He did not enjoy the run of the race when second in the G3 Autumn Stakes at Newmarket on October 10, but had no such problems two weeks later when powering to a four-length success in the G1 Criterium International over a mile at Saint-Cloud on October 24.

Cartier Two-Year-Old Filly

PRETTY GORGEOUS (FR)

b f Lawman (FR) - Lady Gorgeous (Compton Place)

2020 Form: 12121

Owner: John Oxley

Trainer: Joseph O’Brien IRE

Breeder: E A R L Ecurie Haras du Cadran et al

Jockey: Shane Crosse (four starts), Declan McDonogh (one start)

Cartier Two-Year-Old Filly Pretty Gorgeous has certainly lived up to her name on the racecourse this season.

The imposing daughter of Lawman, whose value increased ten-fold from foal to yearling when selling for 525,000 guineas at Tattersalls, scored by five lengths on debut over a mile at Bellewstown in early July.

Her next three starts, all over seven furlongs, centred around a rivalry with Shale from the stable of Aidan O’Brien. The duo were either first or second in the G3 Frank Conroy Silver Flash Stakes, the G2 ARM Holding Debutante Stakes and the G1 Moyglare Stud Stakes, with Pretty Gorgeous coming out on top in the Debutante Stakes.

Pretty Gorgeous stepped back up in trip for the G1 bet365 Fillies’ Mile on her final start of the campaign and had to show class and guts in equal measure to repel the challenge of Indigo Lady by a half-length. Shale was well beaten in sixth.

Trainer Joseph O’Brien said afterwards that Pretty Gorgeous will be trained for the QIPCO 1000 Guineas in the spring.

JOHN GOSDEN OBE

CARTIER/DAILY TELEGRAPH AWARD OF MERIT WINNER 2020

The Cartier/Daily Telegraph Award of Merit goes to John Gosden. Britain’s champion Flat trainer has won more than 3,500 races across the globe in Europe, North America, the Middle East, Asia and Australia.

In recent years, the 69-year-old (born March 30, 1951) has established himself as arguably the finest Flat trainer in the world, thanks to his handling of superstars such as Enable, Golden Horn, Cracksman and Kingman to name but a few.

Gosden’s father Towser (1904-1967) was a trainer near Lewes in Sussex. Towser is best known for his association with 1966 Derby hero Charlottown, whom he trained as a two-year-old before being forced to retire prior to the colt’s Classic campaign due to ill health.

John was educated at Eastbourne College and studied economics at Cambridge. In his gap year, Gosden worked trackside in America as a hotwalker, something he would continue to do during his summer holidays while at university.

Gosden graduated from Cambridge in 1974 but with the country in the grip of the three-day week and no job openings in the City of London, he moved to Venezuela to work in land development.

Less than six months after arriving in Venezuela, Gosden wrote to nine-time champion trainer Sir Noel Murless and soon after was back in Britain as the Newmarket handler’s pupil assistant.

In 1976, Gosden was again on the move, this time to Ballydoyle in Co Tipperary as assistant to legendary Irish trainer Vincent O'Brien. It was a hugely successful period for O’Brien, and during his short time there Gosden was able to work with champions such as Alleged, The Minstrel, Godswalk and Be My Guest.

Having gained more experience under Tommy Doyle in California, Gosden started his training career at Santa Anita with three horses in October 1979.

Smooth Journey provided Gosden with his first winner at Santa Anita on February 6, 1980 and by the end of the following year, his string had grown to 16 horses and included future Eclipse Award winner Bates Motel.

Unraced at two, Bates Motel was a minor Stakes winner at three before coming of age as a four-year-old with three G1 victories, including in what was California’s most prestigious race, the Santa Anita Handicap.

“Luckily, and you need luck in life, along came a horse who had been thrown out of the sales in Newmarket [unsold],” Gosden later said. “He was a great big horse, and I did not race him at two because he was so backward but at three he started to get better and better, and then at four he became champion older horse.

“It is the old story that if you are lucky enough to come across one good horse, it can help launch your career. I think there have been some fine trainers or horse people out there who maybe just didn’t have that one good horse.”

This early success alerted some of the world’s most influential owners. Robert Sangster transferred classy filly Royal Heroine from Europe to Gosden’s California base, a move that culminated with G1 success in the first running of the Breeders’ Cup Mile at Hollywood Park in 1984.

Almost 10 years on from the start of his training career and over 500 winners later, Gosden accepted a proposal from Sheikh Mohammed to train at the owner’s Stanley House Stables in Newmarket.

Californian trainer Dick Mandella, now a member of the U.S. Racing Hall of Fame, said at the time: "It's California's loss and England's gain. He has been one of our best trainers and one of our best people. I wish I had the polish he has, and the ability to present myself as well as he does.

"The thing that surprises me, with all of his intelligence, is that he bothered being a horse trainer. Why didn't he be something really important?"

Gosden’s first major win in Europe came with Keen Hunter in the 1991 Prix de l’Abbaye, though he had to wait until 1993 for his first domestic winner at the top table when Wolfhound landed the Sprint Cup at Haydock Park.

Wolfhound’s victory was the beginning of a big autumn that also included Muhtarram’s defeat of Opera House in the Champion Stakes and Prophecy’s success in the Cheveley Park Stakes.

It was during this period that Gosden struck up a successful partnership with Frankie Dettori and the pair combined to win the 1996 St Leger with Shantou, a first British Classic for the trainer. Derby success followed in 1997 with Benny The Dip, this time under Willie Ryan.

In 2000, Gosden replaced Peter Chapple-Hyam at Robert Sangster’s Manton estate in Wiltshire. Within months of the move, Lahan had captured the 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket.

Gosden returned to Newmarket at the end of the 2005 season, having bought his current base Clarehaven Stables. It is from this yard on the famous Bury Road that Gosden has established himself as one of the dominant forces in Flat racing, both at home and abroad.

Domestically, Gosden is on course for a third successive trainers’ championship, having taken the title in 2012, 2015, 2018 and 2019.

Golden Horn leading home a one-two for the stable in the 2015 Derby ranks among 11 British Classic triumphs. Royal Ascot has been a happy hunting ground, particularly in recent years. Since 2010, no other British-based trainer has enjoyed more winners at the world’s premier Flat meeting than Gosden. His overall tally at the five-day fixture stands at 55.

Memorable wins on the international stage include a famous success for Raven’s Pass in the 2008 Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita. This remains only the second time a European raider has captured North America’s end of season showpiece, following the Andre Fabre-trained Arcangues in 1993.

He is the only trainer in history whose horses have won the Cartier Champion Three-Year-Old Colt, Cartier Champion Three-Year-Old Filly and Cartier Horse of the Year in the same year.

He has also trained a record five recipients of the Cartier Horse of the Year Award – Kingman (2014), Golden Horn (2015), Enable (2017, 2019) and Roaring Lion (2018).

Always the most elegant of communicators, he is the go-to trainer for the media and always puts forward racing’s case on the big stage in a perfectly reasoned fashion.

He was awarded an OBE by The Queen in the 2017 New Year’s Honours List for services to horseracing.