The Cartier Racing Awards 2019

10th October, 2019

Waldgeist denies Enable historic success to enter picture for Cartier Horse Of The Year

The 2019 Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp on Sunday, October 6, was the most eagerly-anticipated Flat race for a generation, as Enable (152) sought to make history by becoming the first three-time winner of Europe’s premier middle-distance contest.  It was not to be however, as the daughter of Nathaniel went down gallantly by a length and three-quarters on very soft ground to fellow five-year-old Waldgeist (120).  Enable, homebred by Prince Khalid Abdullah, trained by John Gosden and ridden by Frankie Dettori, was beaten for just the second time in 15 starts and the 10-time G1 winner is still a leading contender to be crowned Cartier Horse Of The Year. Enable was crowned Cartier Horse Of The Year in 2017 and if taking the honours again in 2019 would become just the third horse to achieve this feat following Ouija Board (2004 & 2006) and Frankel (2011 & 2012).  Waldgeist, owned and bred by Gestut Ammerland and Newsells Park Stud, handed master French trainer Andre Fabre an eighth Arc success while it was a first for jockey Pierre-Charles Boudot.

Enable, successful three times at G1 level in 2019, currently lies second in the standings for Cartier Horse Of The Year, behind Magical (168), who came home in fifth at Longchamp. Outstanding stayer Stradivarius (128) is currently in third place with Waldgeist (120) moving up to fourth following his Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe success.  A son of Galileo, Waldgeist was winning his second G1 of 2019, having landed the Prix Ganay over 10 furlongs on his seasonal reappearance at Longchamp in April.  

The same quartet also occupy the first four places in the standings for Cartier Older Horse, while Stradivarius continues to hold a commanding advantage in the Cartier Stayer division. Dee Ex Bee (72) lies second in the Cartier Stayer category, having come home third to Holdthasigreen (40) in the G1 Qatar Prix du Cadran at Longchamp on October 5.

There are no changes in the standings for Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt with Too Darn Hot (112) leading the way while in the Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly division Investec Oaks heroine Anapurna (80) moves up to joint-second behind dual Guineas winner Hermosa (112) following her back-to-form success in the G1 Qatar Prix de Royallieu at Longchamp on October 5.

Blue Point (106), winner of both G1 sprints at Royal Ascot, is still out in front in the Cartier Sprinter division ahead of Advertise (80) and Battaash (80), who disappointed when unplaced behind filly Glass Slippers (40) in the G1 Prix de l'Abbaye de Longchamp Longines on October 6.

Dual G1 winner Earthlight (72) holds the advantage in the Cartier Two-Year-Old Colt category although all eyes are set to be on another Godolphin-owned son of Shamardal when Pinatubo (48) goes to post in this Saturday’s G1 Darley Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket.

Raffle Prize (64) leads the Cartier Two-Year-Old Filly category, with the Jessica Harrington-trained Albigna (48) moving up into joint-second alongside Daahyeh (48) following her success in the G1 Qatar Prix Marcel Boussac at Longchamp on October 6.

Harry Herbert, Cartier’s Racing Consultant, commented: “Enable came so close to making history when second to Waldgeist at Longchamp and her gallant effort saw her lose nothing in defeat. Andre Fabre is such a master at Longchamp and I would like to congratulate him and everyone involved with Waldgeist on their tremendous success.  There is still lots of action to come this season, with Newmarket staging the Dubai Future Champions Festival on October 11 and 12. QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot follows a week later, with the Breeders’ Cup and Melbourne Cup Carnival also on the horizon.  All racing enthusiasts should remember that their votes play a substantial role in determining the winners at the Cartier Racing Awards and voting via The Daily Telegraph, Racing Post and ITV Racing platforms will open on October 23.”

Cartier Racing Awards - points earned in Pattern races up to and including Sunday, October 6, 2019

Cartier Horse Of The Year 
Magical - 168     
Enable - 152     
Stradivarius - 128     
Waldgeist - 120     
Crystal Ocean - 112     
Hermosa - 112     
Too Darn Hot - 112     
Japan - 108     
Blue Point - 106     
Circus Maximus - 88     

Cartier Older Horse
Magical -168     
Enable - 152     
Stradivarius - 128     
Waldgeist - 120     
Crystal Ocean - 112     

Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt         
Too Darn Hot - 112     
Japan - 108     
Circus Maximus - 88     
Advertise - 80     
Anthony Van Dyck - 76     

Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly        
Hermosa - 112     
Anapurna - 80     
Star Catcher - 80     
Iridessa - 74     
Fleeting - 52     

Cartier Sprinter       
Blue Point - 106     
Advertise - 80     
Battaash - 80     
Hello Youmzain - 56     
So Perfect - 48     

Cartier Stayer          
Stradivarius - 128     
Dee Ex Bee - 72     
Logician - 48     
Enbihaar - 44     
Holdthasigreen - 40     

Cartier Two-Year-Old Colt
Earthlight - 72
A'Ali - 48
Armory - 48
Pinatubo - 48
Siskin - 48
Threat - 48

Cartier Two-Year-Old Filly
Raffle Prize - 64
Albigna - 48
Daahyeh - 48
Love - 40
Millisle - 36

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 16-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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