Shake-up in standings for Cartier Racing Awards following magnificent Royal Ascot

cartierFive days of tremendous racing at Royal Ascot last week (June 17-21) have resulted in significant movements in the points’ standings for the 24th Cartier Racing Awards.

 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 16-strong Cartier Jury, has/have done the most for European racing and/or breeding either over their lifetime or within the past 12 months.

Cirrus Des Aigles (124 points) still leads the way in the race for Cartier Horse of the Year accolade but Kingman (112) has moved a close second following his impressive victory in the Group One St James’s Palace Stakes at the Royal Meeting over a mile on the opening day, Tuesday, June 17. The John Gosden-trained colt proved two and a quarter lengths too strong forNight Of Thunder (76), his QIPCO 2000 Guineas conqueror. In between his Newmarket Classic second and the Royal Ascot success, the Khalid Abdullah-owned colt, who has been partnered by James Doyle in all his races, ran away with the Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas at the Curragh.

Kingman also leads the way in the Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt category. The Investec Derby winner Australia(60), trained by Aidan O’Brien, is next and could reappear on Saturday, June 28, in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the Curragh.

Cirrus Des Aigles, trained in France by Corine Barande-Barbe, continues to hold a commanding lead in the Cartier Older Horse category, ahead of Godolphin’s Dubai World Cup victor African Story (54). The Fugue, who bounced right back to her best when taking the Group One Prince Of Wales’s Stakes on the second day of Royal Ascot, Wednesday, June 18, has 48 points for owners Lord & Lady Lloyd-Webber, trainer John Gosden and jockey William Buick. The mare is level with Toronado, who captured the opening race of Royal Ascot, the Group One Queen Anne Stakes over the straight mile, in good style despite not having run for 300 days. Toronado, owned by Al Shaqab Racing and trained by Richard Hannon jnr in Wiltshire, triumphed under Richard Hughes.

The Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly Award is headed at the moment by unbeaten Avenir Certain(64), who has landed two French Classics – the Poule d’Essai des Pouliches and Prix de Diane Longines – for trainer Jean-Claude Rouget. The star performance from a filly of the Classic generation at Royal Ascot came from Rizeena (32), trained by the evergreen 80-year-old Clive Brittain for Sheikh Rashid Dalmook Al Maktoum. The daughter of Iffraaj put a disappointing effort in the QIPCO 1000 Guineas behind her when taking the mile Group One Coronation Stakes on the round course under Ryan Moore on June 20. Another three-year-old filly to return to form was O’Brien-trained Bracelet (24), who gained victory in the 12-furlong Group Two Ribblesdale Stakes on June 19.

The Gold Cup, run over two and a half miles on June 19, is for many the highlight of Royal Ascot and the Group One did not disappoint with last year’s St Leger winner Leading Light (56), trained by O’Brien for a Coolmore partnership, just getting the better of The Queen’s Estimate(24) by a neck in a thrilling finish. Estimate, making her seasonal reappearance for trainer Sir Michael Stoute, won the Gold Cup in 2013 and scooped the Cartier Stayer Award last year.

Irish trainer Eddie Lynam was the man to follow in the Global Sprint Challenge races at Royal Ascot, taking the two Group One contests at Royal Ascot with Sole Power (five-furlong King’s Stand Stakes on Tuesday) and Slade Power (six-furlong Diamond Jubilee Stakes on Saturday). The owners and trainer like both horses equally and therefore it is entirely appropriate that the duo share top billing in the Cartier Sprinter division with 40 points apiece. They are followed by Group Two Betfred Temple Stakes victor and King’s Stand Stakes third Hot Streak (26). Lynam’s stars are set to run next in the Group One Darley July Cup at Newmarket on July 12.

All the Group One races at Royal Ascot were part of the British Champions Series.

Harry Herbert, Cartier’s Racing Consultant, commented: “Royal Ascot provided us with five days of brilliant racing and we were fortunate to witness superb performances from both established stars and emerging talent.

“The Gold Cup could not be bettered as a spectacle and, with the European horseracing season now in full flow, the action moves on with the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby weekend at the Curragh, the Coral-Eclipse Summer Festival at Sandown Park, Newmarket’s Moet & Chandon July Festival and much more in the next few weeks.”

 

Cartier Racing Awards 2014

Pattern Race points earned in 2014 up to the end of Sunday, June 22, 2014

 Cartier Horse Of The Year

Cirrus Des Aigles

124

Kingman

112

Night Of Thunder

76

Avenir Certain

64

Australia

60

Leading Light

56

African Story

54

Noble Mission

52

The Grey Gatsby

52

Cartier Older Horse

Cirrus Des Aigles

124

African Story

54

Noble Mission

52

Magician

48

Toronado

48

The Fugue

48

Prince Bishop

36

Treve

36

Olympic Glory

32

Tullius

32

Norse King

32

Verrazano

32

Gospel Choir

32

Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt

Kingman

112

Night Of Thunder

76

Australia

60

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

Bracelet

24

Vazira

24

Xcellence

24

Lesstalk In Paris

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

Tac De Boistron

16

Gospel Choir

16

Brown Panther

16

Certerach

13

Missunited

12

Cavalryman

10

Montclair

8

Terrubi

8

Goldtara

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