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The Cartier Racing Awards 2018

6th June, 2018

Epsom winners hold sway early on in 2018 race for Cartier Racing Awards honours

Masar and Cracksman, successful in two of the G1 highlights at this year’s Investec Derby Festival at Epsom Downs Racecourse, head the early standings in the race to be crowned Cartier Horse Of The Year.

The 28th 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 13, 2018.  The longstanding and prestigious awards were established in 1991 to reward excellence in 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.  European horseracing’s top awards are delivered through a tried and tested combination of points earned by horses in Pattern races (30%), 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 participation of the public plays a crucial role in determining the winners of each year’s Cartier Racing Awards and gives horseracing fans the chance to put forward their favourite horses in a meaningful way.

In addition to the equine awards, 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.  The 10 latest recipients have been Sir Michael Stoute, Aidan O'Brien, Jack Berry, Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Jim Bolger, Team Frankel, Barry Hills, Richard Hannon, John Oxx and Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

Masar (68 points) stormed to a decisive victory in Britain’s premier Classic and richest race, the £1.5-million G1 Investec Derby over a mile and a half at Epsom Downs on June 2.  It was a performance that saw the Godolphin colt, trained by Charlie Appleby in Newmarket, leap to the top of both the Cartier Horse Of The Year and Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt categories.  The son of 2008 Investec Derby winner New Approach (the 2008 Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt Award Winner) was previously third in Newmarket’s G1 QIPCO 2000 Guineas over a mile on May 5, but reversed the form with his Newmarket conqueror Saxon Warrior (48), trained by Aidan O’Brien for a Coolmore partnership, who lost his unbeaten record at Epsom Downs when coming home fourth as the 4/5 favourite.  The last Cartier Horse Of The Year to win the Investec Derby was Golden Horn in 2015.

Other early rivals in the Cartier Older Horse standings include Recoletos (48), successful in the G1 Churchill Coolmore Prix d'Ispahan at Longchamp on May 27, plus two Godolphin horses trained by Saeed bin Suroor who both enjoyed major victories on Dubai World Cup Night at Meydan, UAE.  Benbatl (48) stormed to a decisive success in the G1 Dubai Turf Sponsored By DP World, while Thunder Snow (54) routed his opposition in the G1 Dubai World Cup Sponsored By Emirates Airline under an inspired front-running ride from Christophe Soumillon.

G1 Investec Oaks heroine Forever Together (48), G1 Tattersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas scorer Alpha Centauri (32) and Teppal (32), successful in the G1 Emirates Poule d'Essai des Pouliches, also feature highly in the same division.  The two most recent Cartier Horse Of The Year have been three-year-old fillies – Enable in 2017 and Minding in 2016.

G1 Al Quoz Sprint Sponsored By Azizi Developments winner Jungle Cat (24), representing Masar’s owner/trainer combination of Godolphin and Charlie Appleby, is joint-top in the Cartier Sprinter standings alongside the Cool Silk Partnership’s Sands Of Mali (24), successful for trainer Richard Fahey in the G2 Armstrong Aggregates Sandy Lane Stakes at Haydock Park on May 26.

Vazirabad (31), owned by the Aga Khan and trained by Alain de Royer-Dupre, holds a significant advantage in the race to be crowned Cartier Stayer following G2 victories at Meydan and Longchamp, ahead of G2 Mansionbet Yorkshire Cup victor Stradivarius (16).  The duo are set to clash in the G1 Gold Cup at Royal Ascot, a race that is also set to feature Order Of St George (8), the Cartier Stayer Award winner in both 2016 and 2017.

Cartier Racing Awards - points earned in Pattern races up to and including Sunday, June 3, 2018

Cartier Horse Of The Year 
Masar - 68
Cracksman - 64
Laurens - 56
Benbatl - 54
Thunder Snow - 54       
Study Of Man - 52       
Billesdon Brook - 48       
Forever Together - 48       
Recoletos - 48
Saxon Warrior - 48       

Cartier Older Horse
Cracksman - 64
Benbatl - 54
Thunder Snow - 54       
Recoletos - 48
Lancaster Bomber - 40       

Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt         
Masar - 68
Study Of Man - 52       
Saxon Warrior - 48       
Olmedo - 36
Romanised - 32

Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly         
Laurens - 56
Billesdon Brook - 48       
Forever Together - 48       
Alpha Centauri - 32       
Teppal - 32

Cartier Sprinter       
Jungle Cat - 24       
Sands Of Mali - 24       
Battaash - 16
Brando - 16
Finsbury Square - 16       
Harry Angel - 16       
Invincible Army - 16       
Merchant Navy - 16       

Cartier Stayer          
Vazirabad - 31
Stradivarius - 16
Desert Skyline - 10       
Rare Rhythm -  9       
Funny Kid - 8       
Idaho - 8
Magic Circle - 8       
Marmelo -  8
Order Of St George - 8       
Torcedor - 8
 

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 28th 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 13.

About Cartier
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