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Stable of stars

UK trainer John Gosden had a great night at the recent 28th annual Cartier racing awards.
Roaring Lion, trained by Gosden and raced by Qatar Racing, was both horse of the year and best three-year-old colt.
Enable, trained by Gosden for Khalid Abdullah, was best older horse.
Stradivarius, trained by Gosden for Bjorn Nielsen, was best stayer.
Too Darn Hot, trained by Gosden for Andrew Lloyd Webber, was the top two-year-old colt.
That is five of the world’s most prestigious racing awards earned by four horses, each with a different owner.
Interestingly, Enable was named top older horse over her superstar stablemate Cracksman.
Cracksman was recently rated 130 (like Winx, and above Enable).
Gosden must have been scratching his head over those ratings because immediately after Enable won the Arc he couldn’t heap enough praise on her, implying her win (off an inadequate preparation) showed why she was his stable’s best.
Perhaps, after Enable’s recent win in the Breeders’ Cup Turf, Gosden’s opinion will be confirmed in the final 2018 Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings (to be announced in January), with Enable rated above Cracksman.

Merv Sullivan
Leanyer (NT)
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