Four days of magnificent racing at York’s Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival have had a significant impact on this year’s Cartier Racing Awards, with Enable (128 points) moving up to the head of the Cartier Horse Of The Year standings for the first time this year.
Khalid Abdullah’s brilliant mare gained a third consecutive G1 victory when making all to beat Magical (120) – her closest rival in both the Cartier Horse Of The Year and Cartier Older Horse categories – in the Darley Yorkshire Oaks on August 22.
The five-year-old now looks set to bid for an unprecedented third success in the G1 Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp, France, on October 6, on what is likely to be her final racecourse appearance.
Enable, trained by John Gosden and ridden by Frankie Dettori on all but two of her 14 starts, was crowned Cartier Horse Of The Year and Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly in 2017, as well as Cartier Older Horse in 2018.
If she were to receive the Cartier Horse Of The Year Award this year, the daughter of Nathaniel would emulate Frankel (2011 & 2012) and Ouija Board (2004 & 2006), the two previous multiple winners of the premier accolade.
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, 2019.
The longstanding and prestigious awards were established in 1991 to reward excellence in horseracing. There are eight equine awards – the Cartier Horse Of The Year, the Cartier Older Horse, the Cartier Sprinter, the Cartier Stayer, the Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt, the Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly, the Cartier Two-Year-Old Colt and the Cartier Two-Year-Old Filly.
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%).
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.
In addition to the equine awards, 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.
The 10 most recent recipients have been David Oldrey, Sir Michael Stoute, Aidan O’Brien, Jack Berry, Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Jim Bolger, Team Frankel, Barry Hills, Richard Hannon and John Oxx.
The Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival also produced one the races of the season as three-year-old Japan (108) edged out older rival Crystal Ocean (112) in a pulsating finish to the G1 Juddmonte International on August 21.
Japan was third in the G1 Investec Derby earlier this season but the Coolmore-owned colt, trained by Aidan O’Brien, is now a strong contender for Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt honours, having also won the G2 King Edward VII Stakes and the G1 Juddmonte Grand Prix de Paris.
Coolmore and O’Brien are also responsible for Hermosa (96), who continues to lead the Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly standings thanks to victories in the G1 QIPCO 1,000 Guineas and the G1 Tattersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas.
Stradivarius (112) claimed the Weatherbys Hamilton Stayers’ Million for a second time when getting the better of Dee Ex Bee (64) in the G2 Weatherbys Hamilton Lonsdale Cup Stakes on August 23. Bjorn Nielsen’s five-year-old now holds a commanding position in the race to be crowned Cartier Stayer for the second year in succession.
Battaash (80) progressed to joint-second behind Blue Point (106) in the Cartier Sprinter standings following a blistering display in the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes, a second G1 victory for the Hamdan Al Maktoum-owned son of Dark Angel.
Siskin (48), who races in the same colours as Enable, currently heads the Cartier Two-Year-Old Colt category after taking the G1 Keeneland Phoenix Stakes for trainer Ger Lyons at the Curragh, Ireland, on August 9.
The son of First Defence is closely followed by another unbeaten juvenile, Earthlight (40), who also gained G1 glory when taking the Darley Prix Morny at Deauville, France, on August 18.
The Godolphin-owned colt, trained by Andre Fabre, edged out Raffle Prize (48), the current category leader in the Cartier Two-Year-Old Filly rankings. Trained by Mark Johnston for Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, Raffle Prize had previously annexed G2 prizes at Royal Ascot and Newmarket’s Moët & Chandon July Festival.