The Cartier Racing Awards 2017

25th October, 2017

Brilliant Cracksman enters reckoning for Cartier Awards honours

QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot on Saturday, October 21, provided a fitting main climax to the Flat season in Britain, highlighted by a stunning first G1 success for Cracksman.  The Anthony Oppenheimer-owned colt emulated his sire Frankel by storming to a seven-length victory in the G1 QIPCO Champion Stakes over 10 furlongs, a display that saw him enter calculations for the awards of Cartier Horse Of The Year and Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt.

Cracksman (108 points), trained by John Gosden and ridden by Frankie Dettori on five of his six starts this year, has enjoyed a spectacular second half to the season, with excellent G2 victories in both the Betway Great Voltigeur Stakes and the Qatar Prix Niel prior to his impressive Ascot success.  A wonderful QIPCO British Champions Day for the trainer and jockey also saw the pair team up with Cartier Older Horse contender Persuasive (72), who revelled in the testing conditions to take the mile G1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (Sponsored by QIPCO).

The four-year-old filly, owned by Cheveley Park Stud, stayed on strongly for a length victory on her final racecourse appearance, with Cartier Older Horse division leader Ribchester (166) taking second ahead of Churchill (116), who is joint top of the Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt category.  Gosden and Dettori have also been responsible for the outstanding Enable (208), who currently leads both the Cartier Horse Of The Year and Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly standings following five consecutive G1 victories this season, including an imperious display in the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Chantilly, France, on October 1.

Public voting, with a Cartier watch to be won, opens today Wednesday, October 25 at noon through and closes at noon on Tuesday, November 7, following the running of the G1 Emirates Melbourne Cup.

Elsewhere on QIPCO British Champions Day card, Librisa Breeze (32), owned by Tony Bloom and trained by Dean Ivory, gained a breakthrough first G1 victory in the six-furlong QIPCO British Champions Sprint, a race in which Cartier Sprint Award leader Harry Angel (100) finished fourth.  Britain and Ireland’s champion trainer Aidan O’Brien, who won the 2016 Cartier/Daily Telegraph Award of Merit, equalled Bobby Frankel’s record of 25 G1 wins in a year when three-year-old Galileo filly Hydrangea (104) captured the G1 QIPCO British Champions Fillies And Mares Stakes from five-year-old Bateel (76) to consolidate her fourth position behind Enable in the Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly division.

Order Of St George (84), also trained by O’Brien for a Coolmore partnership, gamely reeled in Torcedor (32) to take the G2 QIPCO British Champions Long Distance Cup.  The consistent and talented five-year-old is a close second on points in the race for Cartier Stayer honours behind Vazirabad (87), who was runner-up to Ice Breeze (48) in the G1 Prix Royal-Oak at Saint-Cloud, France, on October 22.

While the European season is moving to an end, there are international highlights over the coming weeks, including the Breeders’ Cup championships at Del Mar, USA, on Friday, November 3 and Saturday, November 4.  The two-day meeting could play a pivotal part in the destination of the award for Cartier Older Horse as the top four in the standings – Ribchester (166), Ulysses (152), Decorated Knight (128) and Highland Reel (92) – may all head out to California.

U S Navy Flag (80), successful in the G1 Darley Dewhurst Stakes and G1 Juddmonte Middle Park, continues to lead the Cartier Two-Year-Old Colt division ahead of G1 Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster on Saturday, October 28, while Happily (80), a dual G1 winner herself this season, holds a healthy advantage in the Cartier Two-Year-Old Filly category.

Harry Herbert, Cartier’s racing consultant, commented: “QICO British Champions Day has firmly established itself as one of the great fixtures in the calendar and this year’s renewal produced truly memorable races.  While the European season is starting to wind down, there are still opportunities for horses to mount a late challenge for honours at the Cartier Racing Awards, with the Breeders’ Cup at Del Mar, California and Melbourne Cup Carnival in Australia on the horizon.”

Cartier Racing Awards - points earned in Pattern races up to and including Sunday, October 22, 2017

Cartier Horse Of The Year
Enable - 208
Ribchester -166
Winter -164
Ulysses - 52
Decorated Knight - 28
Roly Poly -128
Barney Roy -116
Churchill - 116
Cracksman - 108
Hydrangea - 104

Cartier Older Horse
Ribchester - 166
Ulysses - 152
Decorated Knight -128
Highland Reel - 92
Cloth Of Stars - 88
Bateel - 76
Persuasive - 72
Aclaim - 64
Poet's Word - 60
Zarak - 54

Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt
Barney Roy - 116
Churchill - 116
Cracksman - 108
Harry Angel - 100
Thunder Snow - 90
Al Wukair - 72
Brametot - 72
Ice Breeze - 68
Capri - 66
Caravaggio - 64

Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly
Enable - 208
Winter - 164
Roly Poly - 128
Hydrangea - 104
Rhododendron - 80
Sobetsu - 56
Coronet - 48
Lady Aurelia - 48
Senga - 48
Rain Goddess - 44

Cartier Sprinter
Harry Angel - 100
Marsha - 76
Caravaggio - 64
Tasleet - 64
Battaash - 56
Brando - 48
Lady Aurelia - 48
The Tin Man - 40
Profitable - 36
Librisa Breeze - 32

Cartier Stayer
Vazirabad - 87
Order Of St George - 84
Big Orange - 72
Stradivarius - 60
Ice Breeze - 48
Desert Skyline - 36
Capri - 32
Marmelo - 32
Torcedor - 32
Dartmouth - 24
Polarisation - 24

Cartier Two-Year-Old Colt
U S Navy Flag - 80
Beckford - 48
Sioux Nation - 48
Unfortunately - 48
Verbal Dexterity - 40
Cardsharp - 36
Havana Grey - 32
Invincible Army - 28
Nebo - 28
Rostropovich - 24
Seahenge - 24

Cartier Two-Year-Old Filly
Happily - 80
Clemmie - 56
Laurens - 52
Heartache - 36
Wild Illusion - 34
Different League - 32
Magical - 32
Nyaleti - 28
Polydream - 24
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