Ouija in line for Cartier award

Ouija Board could make history at the 2006 Cartier Racing Awards by becoming the first dual horse of the year.

Ouija Board could make history at the 2006 Cartier Racing Awards by becoming the first dual horse of the year.

Lord Derby's amazing five-year-old mare took the major prize in 2004 and is among the five horses nominated for the main award at Wednesday's ceremony in London.

Ouija Board gave a timely reminder of her talents by winning the Breeders' Cup Filly & Turf for the second time in three years at Churchill Downs earlier this month.

She had staked a claim for more top honours earlier in the season with a heart-stopping victory over Alexander Goldrun in the Nassau Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.

The Ed Dunlop-trained mare is due to make her final racecourse appearances in the Japan Cup on Sunday week and the Hong Kong Vase next month before being retired to the paddocks.

Other nominations for horse of the year are dual Classic winner Alexandrova, 2000 Guineas and Queen Elizabeth II Stakes victor George Washington, Champion Stakes heroine Pride and Teofilo, unbeaten winner of the National Stakes and Dewhurst Stakes.

There are a total of eight horse categories in the 16th year of these prestigious awards.

Winners are determined by points earned in Pattern races combined with the opinions of a panel of racing journalists plus votes from readers of the Racing Post and The Daily Telegraph.

Nominations are:

Top older horse: Hurricane Run, Ouija Board, Pride, Reverence, Shirocco.

Top stayer: Kastoria, Montare, Sergeant Cecil, Shamdala, Yeats.

Top sprinter: Amadeus Wolf, Desert Lord, Iffraaj, Les Arcs, Reverence.

Three-year-old colt: Dylan Thomas, George Washington, Rail Link, Red Rocks, Sir Percy.

Three-year-old filly: Alexandrova, Confidential Lady, Mandesha, Nannina, Speciosa.

Two-year-old colt: Authorized, Dutch Art, Holy Roman Emperor, Strategic Prince, Teofilo.

Two-year-old filly - Finsceal Beo, Indian Ink, Miss Beatrix, Sander Camillo, Simply Perfect.

There is also a Cartier/Daily Telegraph award of merit for those who, in the opinion of the 18-strong Cartier jury, have done most for European racing and/or breeding either over their lifetime or within the past 12 months.

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