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Last Chance to Influence Cartier Awards at The Breeders' Cup
04/11/11

A most thrilling racing year is winding down, with the turf season in Britain ending on Saturday at Doncaster and the announcement of the 2011 Cartier Racing Awards less than two weeks away.

Frankel
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Frankel

There is one major worldwide racing event to happen before the awards are decided, the Breeders’ Cup at Churchill Downs, Louisville, Kentucky on Friday and Saturday, November 4 & 5.

This extravaganza of top-class racing has a strong European presence, which means the results in America are likely to impact on the outcomes of some Cartier Awards.

Established in 1991 to reward excellence in horseracing, the Cartier Awards are determined by points earned by horses in Pattern races throughout 2011, combined at the end of season with the opinions of a panel of racing journalists and votes from readers of the Racing Post and The Daily Telegraph.

In addition to those eight equine awards, the Cartier/Daily Telegraph Award of Merit goes to the person or persons who, in the opinion of the special 18-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 equivalent of the Oscars will be presented on the evening of Tuesday, November 15, during a glittering ceremony before an invited audience at London's Dorchester Hotel.

So You Think
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So You Think

The brilliant and unbeaten Frankel heads the Cartier Horse Of The Year points tally on 168 but So You Think (162) would race ahead if finishing first, second or third in Saturday’s Grade One Breeders’ Cup Classic, when trying dirt for the first time, or draw equal if fourth.

The outstanding mare and last year’s Cartier Horse Of The Year Goldikova (112) would make inroads on Frankel’s lead if taking the Grade One TVG Breeders’ Cup Mile for a record fourth consecutive time, also on Saturday.

Three of the top four horses on points in the Cartier Horse Of The Year category are in action on Saturday, with Midday (106) joining So You Think and Goldikova at the Breeders’ Cup.

Her trainer Sir Henry Cecil, also responsible for Frankel, is hoping the five-year-old mare can run well in the Grade One Emirates Airline Breeders’ Cup Turf on Saturday.

Power (80) and Dabirsim (72) are at the top of the pile in the race for the Cartier Two-Year-Old Colt Award but the leader’s stable companion, the Aidan O’Brien-trained Crusade (33), can move up the standings sharply if running well on dirt in the Grade One Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile on Saturday.

French Fifteen, winner of last Saturday’s Group One Criterium International at Saint-Cloud, France, moved into contention for the Cartier Two-Year-Old Colt category with 36 points.

There are only 24 points between the top filly, Maybe (56), in the Cartier Two-Year-Old Filly category and the joint seventh (Best Terms & Samitar (32)) which means that the John Gosden-trained Elusive Kate (40) would streak up the rankings if successful in the Grade Two Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf on Friday.

Fame And Glory
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Fame And Glory
Opinion Poll (73) and Fame And Glory (59) dominate the fight for the Cartier Stayer Award but France’s Dunaden (44) made some headway on them when winning the Emirates Melbourne Cup by the narrowest of margins yesterday.

Harry Herbert, Cartier’s racing consultant, commented today: “It has been an amazing year for the quality of performances on the track.

“Frankel has led the way but So You Think gets a chance to return to the headlines in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, while the amazing Goldikova will be the toast of Europe if winning her fourth TVG Breeders’ Cup Mile.

“The deliberations of the panel of racing journalists led by Brough Scott and votes from readers of the Racing Post and The Daily Telegraph play a major part in deciding the Cartier Racing Awards which are announced during the evening of Tuesday, November 15.

“As usual, there will be a tremendous atmosphere on the night with many of the leading figures in European racing present.”

 

CARTIER HORSE OF THE YEAR
FRANKEL 168
SO YOU THINK 162
CIRRUS DES AIGLES 140
DREAM AHEAD 112
GOLDIKOVA 112

CARTIER OLDER HORSE
SO YOU THINK 162
CIRRUS DES AIGLES 140
GOLDIKOVA 112
MIDDAY 106

CARTIER THREE-YEAR-OLD COLT
FRANKEL 168
DREAM AHEAD 112
TREASURE BEACH 111
EXCELEBRATION 86

CARTIER THREE-YEAR-OLD FILLY
BLUE BUNTING 110
IMMORTAL VERSE 104
TOGETHER 96
DANEDREAM 80

CARTIER TWO-YEAR-OLD COLT
POWER 80
DABIRSIM 72
LILBOURNE LAD 46
PARISH HALL 44
FAMILY ONE 40
CASPAR NETSCHER 36
FRENCH FIFTEEN 36
CRUSADE 33
CAMELOT 32
DRAGON PULSE 32

CARTIER TWO-YEAR-OLD FILLY
MAYBE 56
FIRE LILY 50
LYRIC OF LIGHT 48
LA COLLINA 44
LIGHTENING PEARL 44
ELUSIVE KATE 40
BEST TERMS 32
SAMITAR 32

CARTIER STAYER
OPINION POLL 73
FAME AND GLORY 59
DUNCAN 48
DUNADEN 44
KASBAH BLISS 42

CARTIER SPRINTER
DREAM AHEAD 80
SOCIETY ROCK 64
PROHIBIT 61
BATED BREATH 46

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