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The Cartier Racing Awards 2020

26th August, 2020

Ghaiyyath surges clear in race to be crowned Cartier Horse Of The Year for 2020

Godolphin’s Ghaiyyath has established a clear lead in the race to be crowned Cartier Horse Of The Year following his third G1 success of the season in the Juddmonte International at York on August 19.

A son of Dubawi, five-year-old Ghaiyyath (102 points) made all the running to land the extended 10-furlong Juddmonte International by five lengths from Magical (80), having previously registered all-the-way successes in the G1 Coral-Eclipse over 10 furlongs at Sandown Park in July and the 12-furlong G1 Hurworth Bloodstock Coronation Cup at Newmarket in June. The Charlie Appleby-trained horse began the year at Meydan, UAE, when winning the G3 Dubai Millennium Stakes Sponsored By Jaguar over 10 furlongs back in February. The G1 Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp on October 4 is now his reported target for the latter half of the campaign. Ghaiyyath also heads the standings for Cartier Older Horse.

Another horse to light up the Knavesmire last week was Love (96), who recorded a facile five-length success in the G1 Darley Yorkshire Oaks, adding to her earlier Classic victories in the G1 QIPCO 1000 Guineas at Newmarket in June and the G1 Investec Oaks at Epsom Downs in July. The Galileo filly, owned by a Coolmore syndicate and trained by Aidan O’Brien, is Ghaiyyath’s closest pursuer in the standings for Cartier Horse of the Year and heads the Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly category.

The third G1 contest of York’s Welcome To Yorkshire Ebor Festival was the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes over five furlongs, which saw Battaash (80) make it three from three in 2020, adding to his victories in the G1 King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot and the G2 King George Qatar Stakes at the Qatar Goodwood Festival. The six-year-old, trained by Charlie Hills for owner Hamdan Al Maktoum, leads the Cartier Sprinter division and sits joint-third in the Cartier Horse of the Year standings behind Ghaiyyath and Love.

Palace Pier (64) remains unbeaten after five career outings and won his second G1 race of the year when taking the Prix du Haras de Fresnay-le-Buffard Jacques le Marois over a mile at Deauville on August 16. The Kingman colt, owned by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum and trained by John Gosden, had previously won the G1 St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot and heads the standing in the Cartier Three-Year-Old division.

The Cartier Stayer division continues to be headed by the mighty Stradivarius (64) following his G1 victories in the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot and the Al Shaqab Goodwood Cup. Stradivarius was not present at York, where Enbihaar (32) continued her fine progression with success in the G2 Weatherbys Hamilton Lonsdale Cup Stakes.

Points are published for the first time today for both Cartier Two-Year-Old Filly and Cartier Two-Year-Old Colt.  Campanelle (48) put up one of the best two-year-old performances of recent times when recording a highly impressive two-length victory against the colts in the G1 Darley Prix Morny at Deauville on August 23. Trained in the USA by the pioneering Wesley Ward for Stonestreet Stables, the Kodiac filly had previously claimed the G2 Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot and she holds a clear lead in the Cartier Two-Year-Old Filly category. 

It is much tighter in the Cartier Two-Year-Old Colt division, where the lead is currently shared between Lucky Vega and The Lir Jet (both on 40 points). Lucky Vega won the first European G1 race for juveniles, the Keeneland Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh on August 9, while The Lir Jet was successful in Royal Ascot’s G2 Norfolk Stakes before two good placed efforts – most recently when chasing home Lucky Vega at the Curragh.

Cartier Racing Awards - points earned in Pattern races up to and including Sunday, August 23, 2020

Cartier Horse Of The Year
Ghaiyyath - 102
Love - 96
Battaash - 80
Fancy Blue - 80
Magical - 80
Stradivarius - 72
Way To Paris - 72
Barney Roy - 68
Addeybb - 64
Alpine Star - 64
Palace Pier - 64

Cartier Older Horse
Ghaiyyath - 102
Magical - 80
Way To Paris - 72
Barney Roy - 68
Addeybb - 64

Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt
Palace Pier - 64
Pinatubo - 56
Santiago - 56
Mishriff - 48
The Summit - 48

Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly
Love - 96
Fancy Blue - 80
Alpine Star - 64
Tawkeel - 48
Peaceful - 40

Cartier Sprinter
Battaash - 80
Golden Horde - 40
Oxted - 40
Hello Youmzain - 32
A'Ali - 24
Sceptical - 24

Cartier Stayer
Stradivarius - 64
Nayef Road - 44
Call The Wind - 32
Enbihaar - 32
Santiago - 24
Twilight Payment - 24

Cartier Two-Year-Old Colt
Lucky Vega - 40
The Lir Jet - 40
Nando Parrado - 32
Battleground - 16
Devious Company - 16
Law Of Indices - 16
Mac Swiney - 16
Master Of The Seas - 16
Minzaal - 16
Supremacy - 16
Tactical - 16
Ventura Tormenta - 16
Yazaman - 16

Cartier Two-Year-Old Filly
Campanelle - 48
Aloha Star - 24
Dandalla - 24
Fev Rover - 24
Pretty Gorgeous - 20

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 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 (35%).  The 30th annual Cartier Racing Awards will be awarded in November 2020.

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