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John Gosden hailed as 'one of the greats' after being named Cartier/Daily Telegraphy Award of Merit winner in 30th Cartier Racing Awards




He has won more than 3,500 races across the globe in Europe, North America, the Middle East, Asia and Australia.

And Newmarket Clarehaven Stables-based trainer John Gosden’s achievements in thoroughbred racing have been recognised with one of racings most coveted honours, the Cartier/Daily Telegraph Award of Merit.

The 69-year-old accepted the prestigious award during the Cartier Racing Awards’ 30th anniversary event, held virtually and aired by Sky Sports Racing on Friday.

John Gosden accepts his Cartier/Daily Telegraph Award of Merit trophy(43265085)
John Gosden accepts his Cartier/Daily Telegraph Award of Merit trophy(43265085)

The judges said it had gone to, “A true master of his profession and always an elegant proponent of racing’s case in the wider media.

“Gosden’s prowess is amply demonstrated by the fact he has been responsible for a record five Cartier Horse of the Year recipients.”

While Gosden himself paid tribute to the team around him for his many successes, since starting out on his own in California in the 1980s before returning to the UK to train for Sheikh Mohammed, others took part in a video to pay their personal tributes.

Stradivarius (Frankie Dettori) wins his third Gold Cup and walks back with trainer John Gosden (R).Royal Ascot 18.6.20 Pic: Edward Whitaker/ Racing Post. (37030563)
Stradivarius (Frankie Dettori) wins his third Gold Cup and walks back with trainer John Gosden (R).Royal Ascot 18.6.20 Pic: Edward Whitaker/ Racing Post. (37030563)

Owner Anthony Oppenhiemer, for whom Gosden trained Golden Horn to win the Derby, and the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, said: “He leaves nothing to chance.

“I think he will certainly be one of the great trainers, I mean look at his record – and it is getting better all the time.”

Teddy Grimthope, racing manager to Prince Khalid Abdullah, said: “He has been a real bastion of English training, he brings that sense of class.

“Enable epitomised all that is great about John Gosden and the Clarehaven team.

“You have got to have the intelligence, you have got to have the passion and the absolute love of the game and you have got to be competitive. All those things he has in abundance.”

Jockey Frankie Dettori, who has shared in so many of Gosden’s triumphs said: “He is not just one dimensional. He can train every category of the thoroughbred right from a young horse; colts and fillies, and that is why he is so great.”

Of the award itself, Rachel Hood, his wife and former chairwoman of the Racehorse Owners’ Association, said: “It certainly is a roll of honour and, of course, as John’s biggest fan I think it is well deserved.

Stradivarius ( Frankie Dettori) wins the Al Shaqab Goodwood Cup for a historic fourth time.Glorious Goodwood28.7.20 Pic: Edward Whitaker/ Racing Post. (39383826)
Stradivarius ( Frankie Dettori) wins the Al Shaqab Goodwood Cup for a historic fourth time.Glorious Goodwood28.7.20 Pic: Edward Whitaker/ Racing Post. (39383826)

“John is very modest but I am not very modest on his behalf and he will be very, very, touched and delighted to be honoured. It is a very proud time.”

On receiving the award in Newmarket, Gosden said: “I have always said that, unless you have the right horses, with the right owners, with the right jockey, and the best staff, it is hard to climb these heights. I am forever thankful for everyone who has worked around me down the years from America through to here in the UK.

Godolphin's UK managing director Hugh Anderson accepts the Cartier Horse of the Year award for GHAIYYATH (43265087)
Godolphin's UK managing director Hugh Anderson accepts the Cartier Horse of the Year award for GHAIYYATH (43265087)

“To those passionate owner breeders, you send us the horses and entrust them to us, to the wonderful horses themselves and to the wonderful team we have here at Clarehaven Stables, I thank on behalf of all of us.”

And the awards kept coming for the Clarehaven team. For the third year in succession,Stradivarius was named Cartier Stayer while stable-mate, Palace Pier, took the Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt award.

There was also success for HQ with Goldophin’s Ghaiyyath, trained by Charlie Appleby, named Cartier Horse of the Year and Cartier Older Horse of the Year.

Trainer Charlie Appleby accepts the Cartier Older Horse of the Year award for GHAIYYATH (43265089)
Trainer Charlie Appleby accepts the Cartier Older Horse of the Year award for GHAIYYATH (43265089)

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