Stable lad Michael Curran, from Galashiels, must have thought his remarkable year with Golden Horn was over.
The amazing colt won the Invistec Derby and the Qatar Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe in a fantastic year that eclipsed even that of his previous charge Kingman.
Golden Horn also travelled to the US for the world-famous Breeders Cup race last month, but finished second on a track that barely suited him.
This was Golden Horn’s last race before going to stud.
But on Tuesday evening, at a glittering ceremony in London, “The Hornster” owned by Anthony Oppenheimer and trained by John Gosden, won not only the three-year-old colt prize, but also the overall horse of the year title.
Harry Herbert, Cartier’s racing consultant, said: “Golden Horn carried nearly all before him and is a worthy recipient.”