Australia closes gap in Cartier Racing Awards

cartierAustralia (92 points) looks set to lay down a strong challenge for Cartier Horse Of The Year Award following an effortless victory in the Group One Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the Curragh, Ireland, on Saturday, June 28.

 Aidan O’Brien’s brilliant colt, who also annexed the Investec Derby and finished a close third in the QIPCO 2000 Guineas, is now third in the overall points’ standings behind Cirrus Des Aigles(124) and his principal rival in the Cartier Three-Year-Old colt category, Kingman (112).

The Cartier Racing Awards honour the champions of European horseracing and will be announced before an invited audience of over 300 on the evening of Tuesday, November 11, 2014.

European horseracing’s equivalent of the Oscars are delivered through a tried and tested combination of points earned by horses in Pattern races throughout 2014 (40%), combined at the end of season with the opinions of a panel of racing journalists (30%) and votes from readers of Racing Post and The Daily Telegraph plus Channel 4 Racing viewers (30%).

Channel 4 Racing joined The Daily Telegraph and Racing Post as media partners of the Cartier Racing Awards towards the end of the last year.

The Cartier Awards were established in 1991 to reward excellence in horseracing. In addition to the eight equine awards, the Cartier/Daily Telegraph Award of Merit goes to the person or persons who, in the opinion of the special 17-strong Cartier Jury, has/have done the most for European racing and/or breeding either over their lifetime or within the past 12 months.

A superb weekend of racing at the Curragh also saw Thistle Bird (40) gain a first Group One win with a straightforward success in the Newbridge Silverware Pretty Polly Stakes on Sunday, June 29. The Roger Charlton-trained mare, owned by Lady Rothschild, may now head to Glorious Goodwood for the Group One Markel Insurance Nassau Stakes (August 2), in which she was beaten a neck last year.

Tattersalls Gold Cup victor Noble Mission (68), from the Newmarket stables of Lady Cecil, was narrowly denied a second Group One in the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud in France on the same day, as he was caught in the dying strides by the rapidly improving Spiritjim (56). The head victor, trained by Pascal Bary, has won on his five most recent starts and the four-year-old Galileo colt will target at the Group One Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe following a summer break.

Gold Cup winner Leading Light (56) continues to dominate in the Cartier Stayer category, whileSole Power (40) and Slade Power (40), who both stormed to victory at Royal Ascot for trainer Edward Lynam and owners, the Power family, share first place in the Cartier Sprinter standings. Unbeaten dual French Classic scorer Avenir Certain (64) currently leads the field for the Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly Award.

Sandown Park hosts the first big clash between the Classic generation and older horses this coming weekend with the Group One Coral-Eclipse on Saturday, July 5. This year’s renewal of the 10-furlong race is set to be a fascinating contest, with Prince Of Wales’s Stakes heroine The Fugue (48) due to line up against Queen Anne Stakes runner-up Verrazano (24) and leading three-year-olds Night Of Thunder (76) and Kingston Hill (24).

Harry Herbert, Cartier’s Racing Consultant, commented: “Australia could not have been more impressive in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby and both he and Kingman are proving to be exceptional three-year-olds.

“This weekend’s Coral-Eclipse provides the first opportunity at the highest level for the Classic crop to test themselves against older rivals and we are set for enthralling encounters between the generations over the coming months which will help determine the 2014 Cartier Racing Awards.”

Cartier Racing Awards 2014

 Pattern Race points earned in 2014 up to the end of Sunday, June 29, 2014

 Cartier Horse Of The Year

Cirrus Des Aigles 124

Kingman  112

Australia  92

Night Of Thunder 76

Noble Mission  68

Avenir Certain  64

Spiritjim  56

Leading Light  56

African Story  54

The Grey Gatsby 52

 

Cartier Older Horse

Cirrus Des Aigles 124

Noble Mission  68

Spiritjim  56

African Story  54

Magician  48

Toronado   48

The Fugue  48

Thistle Bird  40

Prince Bishop  36

Treve   36

 

Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt

Kingman  112

Australia  92

Night Of Thunder 76

The Grey Gatsby 52

Karakontie  36

Prince Gibraltar  24

Kingston Hill  24

Adelaide  24

Mustajeeb  24

Free Port Lux  20

 

Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly

Avenir Certain  64

Miss France  48

Taghrooda  48

Lightning Thunder 40

We Are   32

Marvellous  32

Tarfasha  32

Rizeena   32

Vazira   24

Xcellence  24

Lesstalk In Paris 24

Bracelet  24

Cartier Sprinter

Sole Power  40

Slade Power  40

Hot Streak  26

Maarek   20

Stepper Point  18

Catcall   16

Rangali   16

Due Diligence  16

Ahtoug   14

Aljamaaheer  10

 

Cartier Stayer

Leading Light  56

Estimate  24

Fly With Me  18

Certerach  17

Tac De Boistron 16

Gospel Choir  16

Brown Panther  16

Missunited  12

Cavalryman  10

Montclair  8

Terrubi   8

Goldtara  8

Ernest Hemingway  8

Winners by year at the Cartier Racing Awards

 

2013

Cartier Two-Year-Old Colt: Kingston Hill

Cartier Two-Year-Old Filly: Chriselliam

Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt: Magician

Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly: Treve

Cartier Sprinter: Lethal Force

Cartier Stayer: Estimate

Cartier Older Horse: Moonlight Cloud

Cartier Horse of the Year: Treve owned by His Excellency Sheikh Joaan Bin Hamad Al Thani

Cartier/Daily Telegraph Award of Merit: Jim Bolger

2012 – CARTIER RACING AWARDS

Cartier Two-Year-Old Colt: Dawn Approach

Cartier Two-Year-Old Filly: Certify

Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt: Camelot

Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly: The Fugue

Cartier Sprinter: Black Caviar

Cartier Stayer: Colour Vision

Cartier Older Horse: Frankel

Cartier Horse of the Year: Frankel, owned by Prince Khalid Abdullah

Cartier/Daily Telegraph Award of Merit: Team Frankel