LEXINGTON, KY (Nov. 15, 2017) – For the second consecutive year, Keeneland sales graduate Order of St George (IRE) has received the Cartier Racing Award as Europe’s champion stayer. The awards, European racing’s equivalent of the Oscars, were presented Tuesday in London.
Order of St George, one of a record 27 Group 1 winners trained by Aidan O’Brien this year, is a 5-year-old son of Galileo (IRE) who maintained a high level of form throughout the year, led by a 9-length victory in the Comer Group Irish St. Leger (G1).
Paget Bloodstock bred Order of St George, consigned to Keeneland’s 2013 September Yearling Sale by Blandford Stud and purchased by Blandford Bloodstock for $550,000. He races for Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith, Mrs. John Magnier and Lloyd Williams.
Other horses offered at Keeneland sales and nominated for Cartier Awards were Lady Aurelia and Roly Poly (Three-Year-Old Filly) and Mendelssohn and Roaring Lion (Two-Year-Old Colt)
The Cartier Racing Awards were established in 1991 to reward excellence in European racing. They are determined by points earned by horses in pattern races combined with the opinions of a panel of racing journalists/handicappers and votes from readers of Racing Post and The Daily Telegraph plus viewers of ITV Racing.
O'Brien confirmed that Order of St George will remain in training next year.