News » Kirsten Rausing and Baaeed among the winners at the 32nd Cartier Racing Awards

Kirsten Rausing and Baaeed among the winners at the 32nd Cartier Racing Awards

Kirsten Rausing receives the Cartier/The Daily Telegraph Award of Merit from Marcus Armytage of the Daily Telegraph and Laurent Feniou, Managing Director Cartier UK

Kirsten Rausing received a standing ovation at the Cartier Racing Awards on Wednesday, November 9, as she was presented with the Cartier/The Daily Telegraph Award of Merit to honour her lifelong involvement in the racing industry.


Rausing has not only excelled as an owner and breeder since starting out as a 15-year-old in her native Sweden but also served as an integral figure in the sport’s governance and administration. In addition, she has provided significant funding for a host of causes in racing and wider society through the Alborada Trust.


A spectacular 2022 for the owner of Lanwades Stud saw Alpinista carry her colours to glory in the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, in addition to Eldar Eldarov providing her with a first UK Classic success as a breeder in the Cazoo St Leger.


On receiving the award from Marcus Armytage of The Daily Telegraph and Laurent Feniou, Managing Director Cartier UK, Rausing said: “I’m totally overwhelmed by it all. Many, many years ago and unlike my Viking forebears, I came to East Anglia in peace. Like some of them, I made the detour by way of Ireland. So when I left my native Sweden I was very fortunate to be able to spend some formative years in Ireland, and I still see that wonderful emerald isle as my spiritual home where I have many, many great friends. I’m also extremely grateful to those that have gone before me, that were my mentors in the old days – Margareta Wettermark, Alec Head, Roland de Chambure and most of all the late Captain Tim Rogers of Airlie Stud. They all taught me a few aspects of the international thoroughbred breeding industry, which stand me in good stead still to this day.


“I have now been in Newmarket for nearly 42 years, it will be on 1 December. In that time, we seem to have produced the winners of over 2000 races, including 28 Group One races since the Dewhurst of 1984 with Kala Dancer – one of a crop of five yearlings who also included Petoski, winner of the following year’s King George and Queen Elizabeth. I had two Group One winners in a crop of five yearlings and I thought, ‘this is easy peasy’. I couldn’t understand why the Brits kept telling me how difficult it all was, breeding racehorses. I thought, ‘this is fantastically facile’. It took me 25 years to live it down. That put manners on me, as my Irish friends would say.


“But none of this would have been at all possible but for my wonderful home team, my great team at Lanwades St Simon and Staffordstown Studs, many of whom have been with me for 25, 30 and more years. Some of whom are here tonight. Julian Lloyd, who has been running Staffordstown for 30 years – but we have been friends for much longer than that, and I am immensely grateful to you for your skill, experience, great horsemanship and friendship. Alastair Watson, who has been with us at Lanwades for I’ve slightly lost count, but it must be 35 years, and my wonderful, marvellous trainers who have of course contributed to in particular this year’s great results. Alpinista, trained by Sir Mark Prescott, Sandrine by Andrew Balding, a good few other, very good results this year. During the last year we have bred four individual Group One winners of six Group One races in three countries on two continents. But there are a few weeks left of the year, so who knows!


“Finally, I should also pay tribute to my great friend Rae Guest, whom I think he and I possibly represent the longest racing association here at least tonight, I’m guessing. Rae and I have been together since 1971 when he rode a very good filly called Highlight (SWE) for his uncle Nelson Guest, who trained in Copenhagen and this filly was champion two-year-old. Rae this year has trained her seventh generation descendant Melodramatica to win.


“My longevity in this game now means that we have had a slight changing of the guard, succeeding my great friend the late Lord John Fitzgerald, Richard Frisby has looked after my horses in training and very ably managed them and the liaison between Lanwades and various trainers and of course Julian Lloyd at Staffordstown has in turn been succeeded by young John Oxx. To all of those mentioned and some that I may not have mentioned, but still bear very much in mind, I would like to express my very sincere, heartfelt thanks for all of your important parts in mine, Lanwades St Simon and Staffordstown’s success. Thanks again to Cartier for this wonderful evening.”

Baaeed received the evening’s premier equine prize, the Cartier Horse of the Year Award, and was also crowned the Cartier Older Horse following an outstanding season that saw the son of 2009 Cartier Horse of the Year Sea The Stars annex four G1 races. Angus Gold, racing manager for Shadwell, received the Cartier Older Horse award from Kim Parker.


Gold said: “On behalf of Sheikha Hissa and her family I would just like to thank Cartier, Laurent Feniou and his team. It’s amazing that here we are for the 32nd year. As Chris [Richardson, managing director of Cheveley Park Stud] rightly said, we never take for granted your support of our industry and we thank you so much for giving us another wonderful night here tonight to honour our champions. To the readers of the Racing Post and the Daily Telegraph, and everybody who voted for this horse, an enormous thank you to them. And just a quick tribute to all those behind the scenes who work so tirelessly so I can stand here tonight to pick up this trophy.


“To all the team at Shadwell and Derrinstown Studs, who raised this horse, obviously to William, Maureen and all their wonderful team at Somerville Lodge. They did such a fantastic job with him, Ricky his devoted lad who looked after him beautifully and shared the work riding with Michael Hills, lovely to have a man of Michael’s experience there to keep us all calm when things were getting testing. I went to see him work one day, it was actually July Cup morning, and by that stage we were thinking of stepping up to a mile and a quarter. I said to Michael, ‘are you happy this horse will stay a mile and a quarter?’ and he said, ‘he will stay any distance you want – but I wish he was in the July Cup today, he has that much speed!’.


“A big thank you to the lucky man who sat on top of him most of the time on the racecourse, Jim Crowley, who did a brilliant job, I’m sure there was pressure, certainly towards the end but he handled it beautifully and never put a foot wrong on the horse. Not forgetting Dane O’Neill, who rode him on his first two starts and put him on the right foot, and the horse himself obviously. We were so blessed to have him. As you all know, he had a great turn of foot, but an extraordinary temperament, the most positive, charming character. He was the ultimate professional and made everybody’s job so much easier.


“And finally, if I may, just to thank the man who made it all possible, who sadly wasn’t here in person to see the horse race. As a lot of you here will know, Sheikh Hamdan adored his breeding, absolutely passionate. He used to get films of all his foals and yearlings sent to him in Dubai and he would sit there late at night and watch them all, then ring the stud managers the next day either to praise them or criticise for something. He loved it from the bottom up. One my favourite memories of him was seeing him in Ireland, he was never more relaxed than when he was on his studs, walking round in his Arab robes and it was what the Irish would call a ‘grand soft day’, which meant a howling gale of about 40mph, and his dishdasha when I walked around the corner, peering over the fence, and as you can imagine the dishdasha was losing its battle with the wind and the yearlings caught sight of this and of course they had gone at 100mph in every direction. By the time I got to him, he had a grin from ear to ear and was absolutely loving it. He would have been so proud of this horse. It’s the culmination of his life’s work in racing and breeding. And he would have been very proud of Sheikha Hissa and his family who have taken on his mantle, so I would like to dedicate this award to Sheikh Hamdan.”