Dylan Thomas saw off strong opposition to win the Cartier Horse of the Year award.

The Aidan O’Brien-trained four-year-old won four Group One races this year, culminating in the Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe. Dylan Thomas, by Danehill, also landed the older horse award.

O’Brien’s Ballydoyle team added to these successes with two more award-winners, Peeping Fawn and Yeats.

Four Group One wins put Peeping Fawn at the top of the three-year-old filly category, while dual Ascot Gold Cup winner Yeats took the stayers title for the second year in a row.

Derby winner Authorized, trained by Peter Chapple-Hyam, was named top three-year-old colt, having also been shortlisted for horse of the year.

Red Clubs was top sprinter, while New Approach and Natagora won the two-year-old colt and filly prizes.

The Niarchos family received the Cartier/Daily Telegraph Award of Merit for its achievements as owner/breeders during its 50 years involvement in racing.

A shorter version of this story was first published in Horse & Hound (22 November, ’07)