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.
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.
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
CARTIER OLDER HORSE SO YOU THINK 162
CIRRUS DES AIGLES 140