The Cartier Racing Awards 2020

4th November, 2020

Magical leads Cartier Racing Awards contenders in action at the Breeders’ Cup

Magical, who currently heads the standings for both Cartier Horse of the Year and Cartier Older Horse, heads the European challenge for the 37th Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Keeneland, USA, on Friday, November 6 and Saturday, November 7.  

Magical (120) currently holds a narrow advantage over Ghaiyyath (118), who has been retired to stud, in both the standings for Cartier Horse of the Year and Cartier Older Horse. The five-year-old mare, owned by a Coolmore syndicate and trained by Aidan O’Brien, is due to contest the Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf over a mile and a half on Saturday. Her nine rivals are set to include stable companion Mogul (44), a three-year-old Galileo colt and successful last time out in the G1 Juddmonte Grand Prix de Paris, and the Aga Khan’s Tarnawa (72). Four-year-old Shamardal filly Tarnawa, who is trained by Dermot Weld, has really blossomed in the latter part of the season, winning G1 contests at Longchamp on her two most recent starts.

The Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt category is led by Palace Pier (72) but both Kameko (48) and Siskin (40), winners of the G1 QIPCO 2000 Guineas and G1 Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas respectively, could throw down a challenge for Cartier honours when they line up in Saturday’s G1 FanDuel Breeders' Cup Mile presented by Permanently Disabled Jockey Fund.

In the Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly division both G1 Tattersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas heroine Peaceful (56) and Cayenne Pepper (50) could enhance their claims when they go to post in the G1 Maker's Mark Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf on Saturday.

Also in action on Saturday is Glass Slippers (56). The four-year-old Dream Ahead filly currently lies in third place in the Cartier Sprinter category and is set to contest the G1 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint. She has been tremendously consistent throughout 2020, bagging her first G1 success in the Derrinstown Stud Flying Five Stakes at the Curragh in September followed by a neck second in the G1 Prix de l'Abbaye de Longchamp Longines the following month.

The Friday programme at the Breeders’ Cup is for two-year-olds and will see Battleground (16), not seen out since recording an impressive success in the G2 Veuve Clicquot Vintage Stakes at Goodwood in July and The Lir Jet (40) among the contenders for the G1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf presented by Coolmore America.

The most impressive performance seen so far by a two-year-old in 2020 was surely Campanelle (48), who saw off the colts with a two-length success in the G1 Darley Prix Morny at Deauville in August. Trained in the USA by Wesley Ward, Campanelle is unbeaten in three starts, having previously landed the G2 Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot and a maiden at Gulfstream Park in Florida. On Friday the Kodiac filly contests the G1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf.

Away from the Breeders’ Cup, there was further international action at Flemington, Australia on Tuesday, November 3 with the G1 Lexus Melbourne Cup over two miles. Twilight Payment (56) handed Irish trainer Joseph O’Brien his second success in the “race that stops a nation”, moving him to second place in the points earned in Pattern races in the Cartier Stayer category.

Harry Herbert, Cartier’s Racing Consultant, commented: “With Magical and several other key contenders set to be in action, the Breeders’ Cup races at Keeneland on Friday and Saturday could well still influence the outcome of the Cartier Racing Awards in 2020.  The public vote has now been open for a week with a very positive response and I urge everyone with an interest in this great sport to vote at by noon on Monday (November 9), with the added bonus of a special Cartier prize for one lucky voter.”

Cartier Racing Awards - points earned in Pattern races up to and including Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Cartier Horse Of The Year
Magical - 120
Ghaiyyath - 118
Addeybb - 96
Love - 96
Barney Roy - 92
Fancy Blue - 88
Nazeef - 88
Persian King - 88
Alpine Star - 80
Battaash - 80
Stradivarius - 80

Cartier Older Horse
Magical - 120
Ghaiyyath - 118
Addeybb - 96
Barney Roy - 92
Nazeef - 88
Persian King - 88

Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt
Palace Pier - 72
Pinatubo - 72
In Swoop - 60
Santiago - 56
Golden Horde - 48
Kameko - 48
Mishriff - 48
The Summit - 48

Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly
Love - 96
Fancy Blue - 88
Alpine Star - 80
Wonderful Tonight - 72
Peaceful - 56

Cartier Sprinter
Battaash - 80
Glen Shiel - 60
Glass Slippers - 56
Dream Of Dreams - 48
Golden Horde - 48

Cartier Stayer
Stradivarius - 64
Twlight Payment - 56
Nayef Road - 44
Call The Wind - 40
Search For A Song - 40

Cartier Two-Year-Old Colt
Lucky Vega - 56
Mac Swiney - 48
Nando Parrado - 48
Supremacy - 48
Van Gogh - 48

Cartier Two-Year-Old Filly
Pretty Gorgeous - 68
Campanelle - 48
Shale - 48
Tiger Tanaka - 44
Alcohol Free - 36

Voting is open for the 2020 Cartier Racing Awards via  and closes at noon on Monday, November 9.  Forms for those wishing to vote by post will also be available in the coming days in the Daily Telegraph and Racing Post.

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%).  he 30th annual Cartier Racing Awards will be awarded in November 2020.

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