The quiet week continues at Triple G Towers with no fancies for me at Bangor-On-Dee, Exeter or Ayr. I have never been one to have a bet simply because I want to, I know not to punt just for the sake of it, that’s the quickest way to the poorhouse. Chances are it will be the weekend now for my first bet of the week but if the horses I have in mind do run it should be worth the wait.
Enable has been named the 2019 Cartier Horse of the Year becoming just the third horse to be awarded the title on two occasions. John Gosden’s five-year-old, who was first crowned champion in 2017, follows Ouija Board (2004 and 2006) and Frankel (2011 and 2012) as a dual winner of the prize.
The full list of the winners:
Horse of the year: Enable (John Gosden/Khalid Abdullah)
Older horse: Enable
Stayer: Stradivarius (John Gosden/Bjorn Nielsen)
Three-year-old colt: Too Darn Hot (Charlie Appleby/Godolphin)
Three-year-old filly: Starcatcher (John Gosden/Anthony Oppenheimer)
Two-year-old colt: Pinatubo (Charlie Appleby/Godolphin)
Two-year-old filly: Quadrilateral (Roger Charlton/Khalid Abdullah)
Award of Merit: Pat Smullen
Elsewhere in the horse racing world the meeting today at Happy Valley has been cancelled due to the ongoing unrest in the old colony. Protests have escalated over the past few days with hundreds arrested and a number of people injured; on Monday a Police officer shot a protester a close range and a pro-government protester was set on fire. The HKJC has denied the rumour that Sha Tin Racecourse is being used as a Police base.