The Cartier Racing Awards 2019

28th August, 2019

Enable races into lead for Cartier Horse Of The Year Award 

Four days of magnificent racing at York’s Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival have had a significant impact on this year’s Cartier Racing Awards, with Enable (128 points) moving up to the head of the Cartier Horse Of The Year standings for the first time this year.  Khalid Abdullah’s brilliant mare gained a third consecutive G1 victory when making all to beat Magical (120) – her closest rival in both the Cartier Horse Of The Year and Cartier Older Horse categories – in the Darley Yorkshire Oaks on August 22.  The five-year-old now looks set to bid for an unprecedented third success in the G1 Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp, France, on October 6, on what is likely to be her final racecourse appearance. 

Enable, trained by John Gosden and ridden by Frankie Dettori on all but two of her 14 starts, was crowned Cartier Horse Of The Year and Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly in 2017, as well as Cartier Older Horse in 2018.  If she were to receive the Cartier Horse Of The Year Award this year, the daughter of Nathaniel would emulate Frankel (2011 & 2012) and Ouija Board (2004 & 2006), the two previous multiple winners of the premier accolade.  

The Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival also produced one the races of the season as three-year-old Japan (108) edged out older rival Crystal Ocean (112) in a pulsating finish to the G1 Juddmonte International on August 21.  Japan was third in the G1 Investec Derby earlier this season but the Coolmore-owned colt, trained by Aidan O’Brien, is now a strong contender for Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt honours, having also won the G2 King Edward VII Stakes and the G1 Juddmonte Grand Prix de Paris.

Coolmore and O’Brien are also responsible for Hermosa (96), who continues to lead the Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly standings thanks to victories in the G1 QIPCO 1,000 Guineas and the G1 Tattersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas.

Stradivarius (112) claimed the Weatherbys Hamilton Stayers’ Million for a second time when getting the better of Dee Ex Bee (64) in the G2 Weatherbys Hamilton Lonsdale Cup Stakes on August 23. Bjorn Nielsen’s five-year-old now holds a commanding position in the race to be crowned Cartier Stayer for the second year in succession.

Battaash (80) progressed to joint-second behind Blue Point (106) in the Cartier Sprinter standings following a blistering display in the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes, a second G1 victory for the Hamdan Al Maktoum-owned son of Dark Angel.

Siskin (48), who races in the same colours as Enable, currently heads the Cartier Two-Year-Old Colt category after taking the G1 Keeneland Phoenix Stakes for trainer Ger Lyons at the Curragh, Ireland, on August 9.

The son of First Defence is closely followed by another unbeaten juvenile, Earthlight (40), who also gained G1 glory when taking the Darley Prix Morny at Deauville, France, on August 18.

The Godolphin-owned colt, trained by Andre Fabre, edged out Raffle Prize (48), the current category leader in the Cartier Two-Year-Old Filly rankings. Trained by Mark Johnston for Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, Raffle Prize had previously annexed G2 prizes at Royal Ascot and Newmarket’s Moët & Chandon July Festival.


Cartier Racing Awards - points earned in Pattern races up to and including Sunday, August 25, 2019

Cartier Horse Of The Year 
Enable - 128     
Magical - 120     
Crystal Ocean - 112     
Stradivarius - 112     
Too Darn Hot - 112     
Japan - 108     
Blue Point - 106     
Hermosa - 96     
Advertise - 80     
Battaash - 80     

Cartier Older Horse
Enable - 128     
Magical - 120     
Crystal Ocean - 112
Stradivarius - 112
Blue Point - 106
Battassh - 80

Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt         
Too Darn Hot - 112     
Japan - 108     
Advertise - 80     
Anthony Van Dyck - 64     
Circus Maximus - 56     
Persian King - 56     

Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly        
Hermosa - 96       
Anapurna - 48       
Star Catcher - 48       
Castle Lady - 40       
Pink Dogwood - 40       
Watch Me - 40       

Cartier Sprinter       
Blue Point - 106     
Advertise - 80     
Battaash - 80     
Ten Sovereigns - 32     
Hello Youmzain - 24     
Invincible Army - 24     
Royal Intervention - 24     
Soffia - 24     
Soldier's Call - 24

Cartier Stayer          
Stradivarius - 112     
Dee Ex Bee - 64     
Way To Paris - 28     
Marmelo - 24     
Master Of Reality - 22     

Cartier Two-Year-Old Colt
Siskin - 48
Earthlight - 40
A'Ali - 32
Threat - 32
Armory - 24
Golden Horde - 24
Monarch Of Egypt - 24
Royal Lytham - 24

Cartier Two-Year-Old Filly
Raffle Prize - 48
Tropbeau - 24
Living In The Past - 18
Albigna - 16
Alpine Star - 16
Daahyeh - 16
Liberty Beach - 16

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 29th annual Cartier Racing Awards will be presented at a glittering ceremony before an invited audience of 300 in London, England, on the evening of Tuesday, November 12.

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