The Cartier Racing Awards 2019

23rd October, 2019

Magical casts her spell over Ascot and increases points lead in race to be crowned Cartier Horse Of The Year

Magical’s battling victory in the G1 QIPCO Champion Stakes has seen the supremely consistent four-year-old increase her points advantage in the both the Cartier Horse Of The Year and Cartier Older Horse categories for this year’s Cartier Racing Awards.  The daughter of Galileo became only the sixth horse to annex both the Irish and British Champion Stakes in the same season when gamely beating Addeybb by three-quarters of a length in the highlight of QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot on Saturday, October 19.  All three horses to have completed the Champion Stakes double since the Cartier Racing Awards were established in 1991 have received accolades at the glittering ceremony, although remarkably none were crowned Cartier Horse Of The Year. Almanzor (2016) and New Approach (2008) both received the Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt accolades, while Pilsudski was crowned Cartier Older Horse in 1997.  Magical also captured the G1 Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh, Ireland, in May and has posted tremendous efforts in defeat behind two other leading Cartier Horse Of The Year contenders this year.  The Coolmore-owned filly was runner-up to Crystal Ocean (112) in the G1 Prince Of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot and filled the same position when chasing home outstanding mare Enable (152) in both the G1 Coral-Eclipse and G1 Darley Yorkshire Oaks.  Enable also had Magical behind her as the duo finished second and fifth respectively behind Waldgeist (120) in the G1 Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp, France, in October.

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.  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%).  Voting opens today, Wednesday, October 23 via and closes at noon, UK time, on November 5.

Elsewhere on QIPCO British Champions Day, King Of Change (72) entered calculations for Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt with a decisive win in the G1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (Sponsored By QIPCO). The Richard Hannon-trained colt, who races in the colours of Ali Abdulla Saeed, was making his fourth start of 2019, having won twice at a lower level and finished second in the G1 QIPCO 2000 Guineas at Newmarket in May.

Star Catcher (112) recorded a third consecutive victory at G1 level when narrowly edging out Delphinia in the QIPCO British Champions Fillies & Mares. Anthony Oppenheimer’s homebred, who is trained by John Gosden, is now joint-top of the Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly standings alongside dual Classic heroine Hermosa (112).

Stradivarius (136) increased his commanding lead in the Cartier Stayer points although Bjorn Nielsen’s star suffered a shock defeat when going down by a nose to Kew Gardens (36) in the G2 QIPCO British Champions Long Distance Cup.

Heavy ground at Ascot brought out the best in Cartier Sprinter aspirant Donjuan Triumphant (36), who claimed a first G1 success on his final racecourse appearance for King Power Racing and trainer Andrew Balding in the QIPCO British Champions Sprint. 

Godolphin continues to dominate the Cartier Two-Year-Old category with Pinatubo (80) and Earthlight (72), who have both won twice at G1 level during unbeaten campaigns, while Raffle Prize (64) heads the Cartier Two-Year-Old Filly points.

While the European season has started to wind down, there is still plenty of upcoming international action, headed by the Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita, USA, on Friday, November 1 and Saturday, November 2.

Harry Herbert, Cartier’s Racing Consultant, commented: “Testing conditions at Ascot were no barrier to fantastic racing on QIPCO British Champions Day. Magical has proven to be an incredibly consistent filly and looked as good as ever in the QIPCO Champion Stakes, her seventh G1 appearance this season during an industrious campaign.  The pulsating battle between Stradivarius and Kew Gardens will live long in the memory and we can hopefully look forward to some more epic contests between the two stayers next season. Star Catcher has blossomed into a top-class middle-distance filly, while King Of Change and Donjuan Triumphant also posted impressive victories on the card.  There is still time for horses to challenge for the Cartier Racing Awards, particularly as the public votes play a substantial role in determining the winners. I encourage all racing fans to get voting via The Daily Telegraph, Racing Post and ITV Racing platforms, which open today, Wednesday, October 23.”

Cartier Racing Awards - points earned in Pattern races up to and including Sunday, October 20, 2019

Cartier Horse Of The Year 
Magical - 216     
Enable - 152     
Stradivarius - 136     
Waldgeist - 120     
Crystal Ocean - 112     
Hermosa - 112     
Star Catcher - 112     
Too Darn Hot - 112     
Japan - 108     
Blue Point - 106     

Cartier Older Horse
Magical - 216     
Enable - 152     
Stradivarius - 136     
Waldgeist - 120     
Crystal Ocean - 112     
Blue Point - 106     
Battaash - 80     
Romanised - 80     

Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt         
Too Darn Hot - 112     
Japan  - 108     
Circus Maximus - 88     
Advertise - 80     
Anthony Van Dyck - 76     
King Of Change - 72     
Logician - 64     
Sottsass - 60

Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly        
Hermosa - 112     
Star Catcher - 112     
Anapurna - 80     
Iridessa - 74     
Castle Lady - 52     
Fleeting - 52     
So Perfect - 50     
Watch Me - 48     

Cartier Sprinter       
Blue Point  - 106     
Advertise -  80     
Battaash - 80     
Hello Youmzain - 56     
So Perfect - 48     
Fairyland - 40     
Glass Slippers - 40     
Donjuan Triumphant - 36     

Cartier Stayer          
Stradivarius - 136     
Dee Ex Bee - 72     
Logician - 48     
Enbihaar - 44     
Holdthasigreen - 40     
Kew Gardens - 36     
Anapurna - 32     
Search For A Song - 32     
Sir Ron Preistley - 32     

Cartier Two-Year-Old Colt
Pinatubo - 80       
Earthlight - 72       
A'Ali - 48       
Armory - 48       
Siskin - 48       
Threat - 48       
Arizona - 40       
Golden Horde - 40

Cartier Two-Year-Old Filly
Raffle Prize - 64
Albigna - 48
Daahyeh - 48
Love - 48
Millisle - 36
Powerful Breeze - 32
Quadrilateral - 32
Tropbeau - 32

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 at the Dorchester Hotel, London, England, on the evening of Tuesday, November 12.

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