The Cartier Racing Awards 2017

1st November, 2017

Breeders’ Cup challengers bid for honours at the 2017 Cartier Racing Awards

The 2017 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, run at Del Mar Racecourse in California, USA, on Friday and Saturday, November 3 and 4, have attracted a strong European contingent.  The two-day spectacular, staged for the 34th time in 2017, could see some last-minute changes to the standings for the 2017 Cartier Racing Awards.  

Aidan O’Brien broke the world record for G1 wins in a year at Doncaster on October 28 when two-year-old colt Saxon Warrior (48) handed the trainer his 26th top-level victory of 2017 in the Racing Post Trophy.  O’Brien, who gained the Cartier/Daily Telegraph Award of Merit at the 2016 Cartier Racing Awards, has a strong team at the Breeders’ Cup World Championships.  Dual 2,000 Guineas victor Churchill (116) jointly leads the Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt category and attempts to give O’Brien a first victory in Saturday’s 10-furlong G1 Breeders’ Cup Classic on dirt.

Other runners for O’Brien in California include star five-year-old Highland Reel (92), seeking a second successive victory in the G1 Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf, and Roly Poly (128), who has already been successful three times at G1 level during 2017.  The three-year-old filly contests the Breeders’ Cup Mile on Saturday.  O’Brien also has a number of starters in the juvenile contests headed by US Navy Flag (80), who tops the Cartier Two-Year-Old division.  The War Front colt tries dirt for the first time in the G1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile over an extended mile.

The Ballydoyle maestro is responsible for the leader in the Cartier Two-Year-Old Filly division, Happily (80), who goes for the mile Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies’ Turf on Friday alongside stable companion September (24), while three-year-old filly Rhododendron (80) starts in the nine-furlong Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf the following day.  Outside of the O’Brien-trained challengers, Beckford (48) is Gordon Elliott’s first Breeders’ Cup runner in the mile Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf on Friday.

Godolphin’s star older miler Ribchester (166), followed by Coral-Eclipse and Juddmonte International scorer Ulysses (152), lead the way in the Cartier Older Horse division and they both start at Del Mar on Saturday, with Ribchester lining up in the G1 Breeders’ Cup Mile and Ulysses going for the G1 Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf over a mile and a half.  Decorated Knight (128), a triple G1 scorer in 2017 and currently third in the Cartier Older Horse standings, also runs in the Breeders’ Cup Turf.  Flying fillies Marsha (76) and Lady Aurelia (48), who feature on the leaderboard for the Cartier Sprinter Award, clash again in Saturday’s five-furlong Breeders’ Cup Sprint on turf.

Harry Herbert, Cartier’s racing consultant, commented: “European-trained raiders are mounting a very strong challenge at this weekend’s Breeders’ Cup.  An outstanding victory could bring honours at the 2017 Cartier Racing Awards.  There is also a powerful European presence in Australia’s top race, the Emirates Melbourne Cup, on Tuesday, November 7 and public voting for the 2017 Cartier Racing Awards ends at noon British time that day.  The online voting through has been open since last week and I urge anyone interested in horseracing to have their say before the poll ends.  Those voting also have the chance of winning a fabulous Cartier watch.”

Cartier Racing Awards - points earned in Pattern races up to and including Sunday, October 29, 2017

Cartier Horse Of The Year
Enable - 208
Ribchester - 166
Winter - 164
Ulysses - 152
Decorated Knight - 128
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 3YO 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
Saxon Warrior - 48
Sioux Nation - 48
Unfortunately - 48
Verbal Dexterity - 40
Cardsharp - 36
Nebo - 36
Havana Grey - 32
Roaring Lion - 32

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
September -  24

About the Cartier Racing Awards
The Cartier Racing Awards were established in 1991 to reward excellence in European horseracing. There are eight equine awards, ranging from the Cartier Horse Of The Year to the Cartier Two-Year-Old Colt and Cartier Two-Year-Old Filly. In addition, the Cartier/Daily Telegraph Award of Merit goes to the person or persons who, in the opinion of the special 15-strong Cartier Jury, has/have done the most for European racing and/or breeding either over their lifetime or within the past 12 months. European horseracing’s top awards are arrived at through three established strands. Points are earned by horses in Pattern races (30% of the total) and these are combined at the end of season with the opinions of a panel of racing journalists/handicappers (35%) and votes from readers of Racing Post and The Daily Telegraph plus ITV Racing viewers (35%). The 27th annual Cartier Racing Awards will be presented at a glittering ceremony before an invited audience of 300 at the Dorchester Hotel, London, England, on the evening of Tuesday, November 14, 2017.

About Cartier
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