Superstars of Flat year take final bow

Owner hints that top miler Goldikova will stay in training after champion's award

The return of Kauto Star at Haydock on Saturday permits no doubt that the jumpers now command centre stage, but it none the less remains necessary to restore the spotlight to the Flat for one or two final bows.

Not that the 19th Cartier Awards, presented in Mayfair on Tuesday evening, were merely a retrospective on one of the great seasons in Turf history – for all that Sea The Stars himself has been retired. In collecting the trophy for Champion Older Horse, Gerard Wertheimer strongly hinted that Goldikova (who would herself have been judged outstanding in any normal year) might well remain eligible for the same award in 2010.

Freddy Head, who trains Goldikova, could not explicitly confirm that she would be trained for an unprecedented third success at the Breeders' Cup. "But it is looking more likely that she will stay in training," he admitted.

Head's sister, Criquette, was also on hand to celebrate recognition for Special Duty as Champion Juvenile Filly. Lord Grimthorpe, racing manager to her owner Khaled Abdulla, noted that this filly reflects not only the cosmopolitan composition of Juddmonte Farms – having been bred in Kentucky, foaled in England, broken in Ireland, and trained in France – but also its debt to Bobby Frankel, who died on Monday. Among the many horses Frankel trained for Juddmonte was Quest To Peak, the dam of Special Duty. "Someone asked me who would replace Frankel," Grimthorpe said later. "And the answer was nobody, because a man like that is irreplaceable."

Sariska and Fleeting Spirit were two other female Award winners, respectively for Three-Year-Old Filly and Champion Sprinter, who will be seen again in 2010. Yeats, Champion Stayer for the fourth year running, is finally off to stud, but the future is clearly bright for Coolmore's other winner, the Champion Juvenile, St Nicholas Abbey.

And while Sea The Stars himself has gone, he has already performed a considerable service by prompting Coolmore to persevere next year with Rip Van Winkle and Fame And Glory, both of whom would almost certainly have achieved enough at three, but for his intervention, to pursue a career at stud.

Sea The Stars was duly recognised as Horse Of The Year, and of course Champion Three-Year-Old Colt, and so drew a touching tribute from his young owner, Christopher Tsui, to the "very special ladies" who made the adventure possible – his mother, Ling, and the colt's dam, Urban Sea, herself an Arc winner for the Tsui family. Urban Sea, who died earlier this year, has already produced one champion in Galileo.

"My mother took her to Ireland looking for the best stallions in Europe," Tsui remembered. "She went there by herself with one mare, not knowing anybody. [Told] that Urban Sea didn't have the pedigree or the looks to be a champion, my mother always replied the same way – that Urban Sea was beautiful, and would create her own pedigree. Urban Sea did more than that. She leaves behind a great legacy. Sea The Stars was born out of my mother's love and belief in her. I believe he was on a mission to honour his mother. Winning the Arc completed a circle that started 16 years ago."

But the biggest ovation of the night was reserved for John Oxx, trainer of Sea The Stars. Though aghast to receive a surprise Award of Merit, his response proved equally in character, wry and humble. The fact is that the supervision of Oxx made Sea The Stars immune to the petty resentments so common in racing. In the testimony of Michael Kinane, the rider of Sea The Stars: "To question his ability as a trainer would be like questioning Shakespeare for words." Johnny Murtagh, the Ballydoyle stable jockey, remembered his own debt to Oxx. "He's a gentleman," he said. "And when he gets those top horses, he never misses."

Not that every leave-taking on the Flat is proving so decorous. It emerged yesterday that Peter Chapple-Hyam, not for the first time, has somehow contrived to provoke one of his most precious patrons. Lawrie Inman, the young lion of the City whose investment had offered fresh impetus to Chapple-Hyam's stop-start career, told the Racing Post that he is moving three colts from the yard, leaving only a yearling filly. Monitor Closely, the St Leger third, and Coordinated Cut, rated a potential Derby colt, are joining Michael Bell. Chapple-Hyam must be counted every bit as exasperating as he is talented, which is saying a great deal.

Turf account: Chris McGrath


Leaving Alone (4.30 Kempton) Unfancied for her Salisbury debut and was soon behind, only to finish strongly on to the heels of the placed horses. The third went on to win at Newmarket and this nicely bred filly should prove sharper.

Next best

Fantastic Cuix (4.0 Kempton) This filly has a super pedigree and finished strongly into midfield in a big field at Doncaster first time out. She hit her head on the gate that day, and looks sure to improve considerably.

One to watch

Though only fourth in the end, the unexposed James De Vassy (Nick Williams) had them all stretched on the turn in a hot handicap hurdle at Cheltenham on Sunday and was only run down on the final climb.

Where the money's going

Zaynar, the Triumph Hurdle winner, is 2-1 from 9-4 with the sponsors for Saturday's Coral Ascot Hurdle.

Arts and Entertainment
Lena Dunham
booksLena Dunham's memoirs are honest to the point of making you squirm
Arts and Entertainment
A bit rich: Maggie Smith in Downton Abbey
tvDownton Abbey review: It's six months since we last caught up with the Crawley clan
Frank Lampard and his non-celebration
premier leagueManchester City vs Chelsea match report from the Etihad Stadium
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Jacqueline Bisset has claimed that young women today are obsessed with being 'hot', rather than 'charming', 'romantic' or 'beautiful'
Arts and Entertainment
Jake Quickenden sings his heart out in his second audition
tvX Factor: How did the Jakes - and Charlie Martinez - fare?
premier league
Arts and Entertainment
'New Tricks' star Dennis Waterman is departing from the show after he completes filming on two more episodes
tvOnly remaining original cast-member to leave crime series
Mario Balotelli celebrates his first Liverpool goal
premier leagueLiverpool striker expressed his opinion about the 5-3 thriller with Leicester - then this happened
people'I hated him during those times'
Britain's shadow chancellor Ed Balls (L) challenges reporter Rob Merrick for the ball during the Labour Party versus the media soccer match,
peopleReporter left bleeding after tackle from shadow Chancellor in annual political football match
Arts and Entertainment
Female fans want more explicit male sex in Game of Thrones, George R R Martin says
tvSpoiler warning: Star of George RR Martin's hit series says viewers have 'not seen the last' of him/her
Dame Vivienne Westwood has been raging pretty much all of her life
peopleMemoir extracts show iconic designer 'felt pressured' into going out with Sex Pistols manager
Life and Style
fashionAlexander Fury's Spring/Summer 2015 London Fashion Week roundup
Arts and Entertainment
Lauryn Hill performing at the O2 Brixton Academy last night
musicSinger was more than 90 minutes late on stage in Brixton show
Rumer was diagnosed with bipolarity, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder: 'I was convinced it was a misdiagnosis'
peopleHer debut album caused her post-traumatic stress - how will she cope as she releases her third record?
people''Women's rights is too often synonymous with man-hating'
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Head of Marketing and Communications - London - up to £80,000

£70000 - £80000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Group Head of Marketing and Communic...

Nursery Nurse

Negotiable: Randstad Education Manchester: Level 3 Nursery Nurse required for ...

Nursery Nurse

Negotiable: Randstad Education Manchester: L3 Nursery Nurses urgently required...

SEN Teaching Assistant

Negotiable: Randstad Education Manchester: We have a number of schools based S...

Day In a Page

Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

Scrambled eggs and LSD

Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
'Normcore' fashion: Blending in is the new standing out in latest catwalk non-trend

'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits
Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

A shot in the dark

Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
His life, the universe and everything

His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Save us from small screen superheroes

Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
Reach for the skies

Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
How to make a Lego masterpiece

How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam