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Cartier Award For Bullet Train Sibling
Meanwhile, a second member of the illustrious Kind clan has claimed a prestigious Cartier Award, with Noble Mission wining the 2014 Cartier Older Horse category in London on Tuesday night. A full-brother to 2011 & 2012 Cartier Horse Of The Year Frankel and a three-quarter brother to Bowness Stud shuttle stallion Bullet Train, Noble Mission edged out dual Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner Treve and French warhorse Cirrus Des Aigles for the coveted prize. A triple Gr1 winner during the course of the 2014 European flat season, the 5YO gained most points in a process that incorporates level of performance, the considered views of the local racing press, and public opinion. Bullet Train, Frankel and Noble Mission are the first three foals produced by the remarkable Danehill broodmare Kind. The latest accolade received by the contingent follows swiftly on the heels of Noble Mission's retirement to Lane's End Farm in Kentucky. The 2014 Cartier Older Horse is to commence stud duties early next year in a newly formed partnership between the iconic North American thoroughbred nursery and Juddmonte Farms. In discussing the arranegment, Lane's End owner Will Farish declared: "Juddmonte Farms has been an extraordinary breeding and racing operation over the years, and we're thrilled to be a part of this horse." Already on the ground in Kentucky is the first northern hemisphere bred crop of Bullet Train. The Bowness Stud stallion has served two quality books of mares in North America and has a filly from them to be offered at the 2014 Tattersalls December Foals Sale (November 26-29) later this month.