Godolphin has tightened its grip on the Cartier Two-Year-Old Colt Award following Earthlight‘s victory in the G1 Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket last Saturday, September 28.
Trained in France by Andre Fabre, Earthlight (72 points) is now unbeaten in five starts at up to six furlongs, with his Newmarket success coming on the back of a neck verdict in the G1 Darley Prix Morny at Deauville on August 18.
Godolphin is also responsible another unbeaten Shamardal colt in Pinatubo (48). The Charlie Appleby-trained runner posted the highest-rated performance for 25 years when thrashing the opposition by nine lengths in the seven-furlong G1 Goffs Vincent O’Brien National Stakes at the Curragh, Ireland, on Saturday, September 15.
Earthlight is unlikely to run again this season, while Pinatubo will have the chance to cement his claims for Cartier honours in the G1 Darley Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket on day two of the Dubai Future Champions Festival, October 12.
Both colts have the chance to emulate their sire Shamardal, who scooped the Cartier Two-Year-Old Colt Award in 2004 following an unbeaten campaign for trainer Mark Johnston.
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.
G1 Darley Prix Morny second Raffle Prize (64 points) retains her lead in the race to be crowned Cartier Two-Year-Old Filly despite being worn down by Irish raider Millisle (36 points) in the G1 highlight for fillies at Newmarket, the Juddmonte Cheveley Park Stakes over six furlongs.
Love (40 points) is still in contention for the award after securing G1 honours in the Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh on September 15. The Galileo filly is set to step up in trip for the G1 bet365 Fillies’ Mile at Newmarket on Friday, October 11.
Royal Ascot scorer Daahyeh finished second behind Love at the Curragh and has since moved on to 48 points after a battling victory in the G2 Shadwell Rockfel Stakes at Newmarket on September 27.
Europe’s premier all-aged Flat race, the G1 Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, takes centre stage at Longchamp this Sunday, October 6 and is likely to have a significant impact on the Cartier Horse of the Year standings.
All eyes will be on 2017 Cartier Horse of the Year Enable (128) as Khalid Abdullah’s homebred aims to create history by becoming the first three-time winner of the 12-furlong showpiece. Enable comes into Sunday’s race on a 12-race unbeaten streak and this season has captured the G1 Coral-Eclipse at Sandown Park, G1 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth QIPCO Stakes at Ascot and the G1 Darley Yorkshire Oaks at York.
G1 Irish Champion Stakes scorer Magical (168) is the overall leader in the Cartier Horse of the Year category after a busy campaign and the four-year-old is set to renew rivalries with Enable alongside her year younger stablemate Japan (108), who defeated Crystal Ocean (112) in the G1 Juddmonte International at York on his latest start.
Also at Longchamp, Battaash (80) could challenge Blue Point (106) in the Cartier Sprinter standings provided he comes out on top in the G1 Prix de l’Abbaye de Longchamp over five furlongs.
Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly leader Hermosa (112) is among the acceptors for the G1 Kingdom Of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket this Saturday, October 5. The mile contest could revolve around a rematch with Iridessa (66), who edged out Hermosa in the G1 Matron Stakes at Leopardstown on September 14.
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