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The Cartier Racing Awards 2019

16th October, 2019

Perfect six puts Pinatubo in pole position for Cartier Racing Awards honours

Pinatubo has stormed to the head of the Cartier Two-Year-Old Colt category in this year’s Cartier Racing Awards following his determined victory in the G1 Darley Dewhurst Stakes.  The Godolphin homebred took his winning record to six wins in as many starts as he gamely beat Arizona by two lengths on soft ground in the highlight on day two of Newmarket’s Dubai Future Champions Festival on October 12.  Pinatubo, trained by Charlie Appleby, has now accrued 80 points and posted the highest-rated two-year-old performance in 25 years when scoring by nine lengths in the G1 Goffs Vincent O'Brien National Stakes at the Curragh, Ireland, in September.  Remarkably, his closest rival in the Cartier Two-Year-Old Colt standings is another unbeaten son of Shamardal bred and owned by Godolphin, Earthlight (72). Andre Fabre’s charge has himself gained two G1 victories, most recently when scoring by a neck in the Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket on September 28.

Dubai Future Champions Festival also saw Cartier Two-Year-Old Filly contender Quadrilateral (32) maintain her unbeaten record with victory in the G1 bet365 Fillies’ Mile. The Roger Charlton-trained daughter of Frankel, who races in the colours of her breeder Khalid Abdullah, swooped late to deny Powerful Breeze (32) by a head, with G1 Moyglare Stud Stakes scorer Love (48) finishing third.

Ascot hosts QIPCO British Champions Day on October 19 and the fixture, which offers more than £4-million in prize money, could play a pivotal role in deciding the winners for this year’s Cartier Racing Awards.  Magical (168) currently heads both the Cartier Horse Of The Year and Cartier Older Horse standings. The Coolmore filly has a choice of engagements at Ascot, with G1 entries in the QIPCO British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes, the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (Sponsored By QIPCO) and the QIPCO Champion Stakes.  Her trainer Aidan O’Brien is also set to be represented on the card by Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly leader Hermosa (112), who holds the same entries as Magical. Anapurna (80) and Star Catcher (80) could also enhance their Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly claims with victory in the QIPCO British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes.

Stradivarius (128), trained by John Gosden, has dominated the Cartier Stayer standings throughout the season and Bjorn Nielsen’s star will be aiming for an 11th consecutive victory in the G2 QIPCO British Champions Long Distance Cup. Victory in the two-mile contest would also further his position in the race to be crowned Cartier Horse Of The Year.

Blue Point (106) continues to hold a significant lead in the Cartier Stayer category thanks to his superb pair of Royal Ascot wins in June but Advertise (80) could lay down a strong challenge with victory in the G1 QIPCO British Champions Sprint. Hello Youmzain (56) and So Perfect (48) also remain engaged in the six-furlong contest.

Harry Herbert, Cartier’s Racing Consultant, commented: “Pinatubo completed a brilliant season with his hard-fought success at Newmarket and Godolphin looks to have a formidable hand in the Cartier Two-Year-Old category, with Earthlight also in the mix.  It is truly remarkable for one owner to have two homebred juveniles, both by the same stallion, who have recorded two G1 victories each during unbeaten campaigns, let alone in the same season.  QIPCO British Champions Day has firmly established itself as an integral part of the calendar and we are looking forward to seeing a host of stars running on the finale to the British season, with plenty of chances for horses to further their Cartier Racing Awards aspirations.  Public 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 next Wednesday, October 23.”

Cartier Racing Awards - points earned in Pattern races up to and including Sunday, October 13, 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
Pinatubo - 80
Earthlight - 72
A'Ali - 48
Armory - 48
Siskin - 48
Threat - 48

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