The Cartier Racing Awards 2018

2nd November, 2018

Breeders’ Cup could play pivotal role in deciding 2018 Cartier Racing Awards winners

This weekend’s Breeders’ Cup meeting could have a crucial bearing on the 2018 Cartier Racing Awards winners with Roaring Lion and reigning Cartier Horse Of The Year Enable headlining a powerful group of European horses due to run at the two-day spectacular at Churchill Downs, Louisville, Kentucky, USA on Friday and Saturday November 2 & 3.  

Roaring Lion (222 points) currently holds a clear lead on points in both the Cartier Horse Of The Year and the Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt categories, and victory in the 10-furlong G1 Breeders’ Cup Classic on Saturday would boost his leading position.  The son of Kitten’s Joy, owned by Qatar Racing Limited and trained by John Gosden in Newmarket, has already gained four consecutive G1 wins on turf this year, but will be experiencing dirt for the first time in the US$6-million highlight on Saturday.  Gosden will also be represented on the same card by the tremendous four-year-old Nathaniel filly Enable (56), who is aiming to become the first horse to follow up victory in the G1 Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, which she also won in 2017, with success in the G1 Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf over 12 furlongs.  Despite missing the majority of the season through injury, Khalid Abdullah’s filly could still challenge for the Cartier Horse Of The Year Award and the Cartier Older Horse Award due to the unique nature of the Cartier Racing Awards, especially if she triumphs on Saturday. She has been successful on nine of her 10 career starts to date.

European horseracing's leading 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.  Voting opened on October 24 via and closes at noon, UK time, on November 6 following the running of the G1 Lexus Melbourne Cup at Flemington, Australia.

Gosden is certainly in a strong position to be responsible for the Cartier Horse Of The Year for the fourth time in the last five years, thanks to also having dual runaway G1 QIPCO Champion Stakes victor Cracksman (136) and top stayer Stradivarius (128) in contention. The trainer’s previous recipients of the Cartier Horse of the Year have been Kingman (2014), Golden Horn (2015) and Enable (2017).  Roaring Lion will be joined in the Breeders’ Cup Classic by two further European challengers, who have both won at Meydan, UAE, this year including Cartier Older Horse contender Thunder Snow (66), whose in-form trainer Saeed bin Suroor has captured four G1 races already this month.  The four-year-old Helmet colt, owned by Godolphin, is bidding to become the first horse to win the G1 Dubai World Cup Sponsored By Emirates Airline and the Breeders’ Cup Classic in the same year.  Mendelssohn (31) stormed to victory in the G2 UAE Derby Sponsored By Saeed & Mohammed Al Naboodah Group at Meydan in March and the Coolmore-owned colt, trained by Aidan O’Brien, could yet enter calculations for Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt.

Enable’s rivals in the Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf are set to include the Andre Fabre-trained duo of defending champion Talismanic and Waldgeist (72), who may make a late bid for Cartier Older Horse after finishing fourth in the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.  Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly contender Magical (48), representing the same connections as Mendelssohn, will line up the Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf as well following a breakthrough first G1 success in the QIPCO British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes at Ascot on October 20.  Charlie Appleby and Godolphin teamed up to win the G1 Maker’s Mark Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf with Wuheida 12 months ago and the same trainer/owner combination have another strong challenger for the race this year in Wild Illusion (96).  The three-year-old daughter of Dubawi has gained G1 wins on her two latest appearances, most recently when beating Magic Wand (48), who re-opposes, in the G1 Prix de l'Opera Longines at Longchamp on October 7.  Lightning Spear (76), trained by David Simcock for Qatar Racing Limited, will be aiming to advertise his Cartier Older Horse claims in the G1 Breeders’ Cup Mile – a race that will additionally feature three-year-olds Expert Eye (52) and I Can Fly (42). 

This year’s Cartier Sprinter category has proved to be one of the most open in recent years, and the Karl Burke-trained Havana Grey (48), owned by Global Racing Club & Elaine Burke, could land a decisive blow by taking the G1 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint.  Future Stars Friday at the Breeders’ Cup on November 2 is set to feature several juveniles who are in the points’ standings for Cartier Two-Year-Old Colt and Cartier Two-Year-Old Old Filly.  Coolmore’s Anthony Van Dyck (48) could go to the head of the points in the race to be crowned Cartier Two-Year-Old Colt with victory in the G1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf, while the Archie-Watson-trained Soldier’s Call (34) is aiming to make inroads in the same category by taking the inaugural G1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint.  European runners in the G1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf are headed by G1 Qatar Prix Marcel Boussac heroine Lily’s Candle (32) and Godolphin’s La Pelosa (32), winner of the G1 Natalma Stakes at Woodbine, Canada, in September.

Harry Herbert, racing consultant to the Cartier Awards, commented: “There is a strong European challenge for the 2018 Breeders’ Cup and the performances of Enable and Roaring Line at Churchill Downs will help determine the winner of the Cartier Horse Of The Year Award.  Other Cartier Racing Awards are still in the balance and Breeders’ Cup races will play their part as could the G1 Lexus Melbourne Cup at Flemington, Australia before public voting ends at noon (British time) on Tuesday, November 6.”

Cartier Racing Awards - points earned in Pattern races up to and including Sunday, October 28, 2018

Cartier Horse Of The Year
Roaring Lion              222
Alpha Centauri           160
Laurens                       152
Poet's Word                140
Cracksman                  136
Stradivarius                128
Recoletos                    104
Saxon Warrior            104
Benbatl                       102
Wild Illusion                 96
Sea Of Class                 88
Crystal Ocean               84
Kew Gardens                84
Enable                           56

Cartier Older Horse
Poet's Word                140
Cracksman                  136
Recoletos                    104
Benbatl                       102
Crystal Ocean               84
Coronet                         76
Lightning Spear            76
Waldgeist                     72
Thunder Snow              66
Best Solution                64
Urban Fox                     64
Enable                           56

Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt
Roaring Lion              222
Saxon Warrior            104
Kew Gardens                84
Sands Of Mali              72
Masar                            68
Flag Of Honour            58
Study Of Man               56
Expert Eye                    52
Latrobe                         52
Mendelssohn                31

Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly
Alpha Centauri           160
Laurens                       152
Wild Illusion                 96
Sea Of Class                 88
Forever Together          80
With You                      60
Billesdon Brook            48
Magic Wand                 48
Magical                         48
I Can Fly                       42

Cartier Sprinter
Sands Of Mali            72
Mabs Cross                 68
Battaash                      48
Brando                        48
Havana Grey               48
Merchant Navy           48
Blue Point                   46
Eqtidaar                      36
Alpha Delphini           34
Harry Angel                32
The Tin Man               32
U S Navy Flag            32

Cartier Stayer
Stradivarius                128
Holdthasigreen             68
Flag Of Honour            56
Vazirabad                     55
Kew Gardens                48
Torcedor                       36
Call The Wind              32
Marmelo                       32
Thomas Hobson            24

Cartier Two-Year-Old Colt
Advertise                    72
Too Darn Hot              56
Anthony Van Dyck     48
Quorto                         48
Ten Sovereigns           40
Magna Grecia             36
Soldier's Call              34
Phoenix Of Spain       32
Royal Marine              32
Broome                       24
Kessaar                       24
Marie's Diamond        24

Cartier Two-Year-Old Filly
Skitter Scatter             60
Pretty Pollyanna         56
Fairyland                    50
Hermosa                     48
Signora Cabello          48
Iridessa                       32
La Pelosa                    32
Lily's Candle               32
So Perfect                   32
The Mackem Bullet    26


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.

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