No horse had collected the prize twice in the event’s 16-year history, but a string of star performances this term saw Ed Dunlop’s charge crowned the leading performer again.
Ouija Board was also handed the Older Horse Award, seeing off competition from the likes of Pride, Hurricane Run, Shirocco and Reverence, although the latter picked up the top sprinter honour.
Teofilo lost out to Ouija Board in the Horse Of The Year category but he was voted top Two-Year-Old Colt, while stablemate Finsceal Beo gave trainer Jim Bolger a memorable double by claiming the top Two-Year-Old Filly division.
The Ballydoyle team of trainer Aidan O’Brien and owners Sue and John Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith took two awards courtesy of George Washington and Yeats.
George Washington, the outstanding miler of his generation, just took the Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt Award from Arc victor Rail Link, while Gold Cup winner Yeats secured the Stayers’ prize. French runner Mandesha beat Alexandrova in the Three-Year-Old Filly category.