Gosden and Dettori relishing a clash between stars Enable and Cracksman in 2018
Both John Gosden and Frankie Dettori are eagerly anticipating a clash between their stable stars Enable and Cracksman in 2018.
Enable claimed both the Horse of the Year title and the Three-Year-Old Filly Award at the Cartier Racing Awards ceremony at the Dorchester Hotel in London on Tuesday evening following a stellar season that yielded five Group One wins, culminating in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.
Stablemate Cracksman sidestepped the Arc in favour of the Champion Stakes at Ascot and, after claiming a seven-length verdict there, he was named Three-Year-Old Colt of the year leaving Gosden to savour the prospect of pitching the pair against each other in 2018.
Gosden told Racing UK: “She’s a wonderful filly, a gorgeous filly to be around. She’s very kind, very sweet, she knows her space - she’s tall and elegant.
“She’s a phenomenal filly - we’re lucky to have her, lucky to have Frankie to ride her and lucky to have the champion three-year-old colt as well.
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“One day they will meet maybe in the Arc, maybe before, I don’t know, but we dream of keeping them happy, healthy and sound until next year.”
Dettori was not surprised to see Enable take the main prize and admits it could be difficult to choose which horse to ride if the pair do take each other on this season.
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Dettori said: “It’s amazing. Obviously I knew Enable had every chance of getting Horse of the Year, but the bonus was Cracksman getting Three-Year-Old Colt of the year.
“I’m glad I’ve got 11 months (until the 2018 Arc) and don’t have to decide (which to ride) before then. We have so much to look forward to in 2018, so let’s keep our fingers crossed and enjoy it.”
Aidan O’Brien’s US Navy Flag was named Cartier Two-Year-Old Colt of the year, while stablemates Happily (Cartier Two-Year-Old Filly) and Order Of St George (Cartier Stayer Award) were also winners.
All three are owned by the Coolmore team and MV Magnier, son of John, believes they have plenty to look forward to next year.
He said: “It’s going to be exciting, it will definitely keep us warm during the winter. With Aidan and his entire team, they’re in the right hands.”