Three-Year-Olds Versus Older Horses for Cartier Horse of the Year 07/08/13
The latest Duel on the Downs came to fruition in a big way at Goodwood on July 31 when the Group One QIPCO Sussex Stakes, the highlight of Glorious Goodwood, saw Toronado swoop late and wide under a perfect Richard Hughes ride to beat Dawn Approach who had gone for home with a furlong and a half remaining.
The score this year may still be 2-1 in Dawn Approach's favour, after victories in the QIPCO 2000 Guineas and the St James's Palace Stakes, but Toronado, trained by Richard Hannon for Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad al Thani, has seized the initiative.
Toronado now has 70 points for the Cartier Racing Awards and is making his presence felt in the race for the Cartier Horse Of The Year and Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt titles, with Godolphin's Dawn Approach on 112. They are the two highest-rated three-year-olds in the world.
Lethal Force (120 points) may have failed to gain a famous Group One sprint hat-trick, but Clive Cox's charge has moved into pole position narrowly for the Cartier Horse Of The Year Award. The four-year-old won the Darley July Cup at Newmarket in a course record time after taking the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot but proved no match for an imperious Moonlight Cloud (40)in the Larc Prix Maurice de Gheest when runner-up by a length and three quarters over six and a half furlongs at Deauville on August 4.
He is just ahead of QIPCO 1,000 Guineas heroine Sky Lantern (116). The daughter of Red Clubs was a brilliant winner of the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot but has met with defeat in unlucky circumstances on her two most recent starts, chasing home Elusive Kate (64)by a neck in the Etihad Airways Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket in July and finishing fifth after being hampered twice in the Markel Insurance Nassau Stakes behind Winsili (34) at Glorious Goodwood on August 3.
Al Kazeem (112) remains unbeaten in 2013. The Roger Charlton-trained five-year-old has captured three Group One contests this term, as well as being successful on his seasonal debut.
The German four-year-old Novellist (86) is another with perfect form figures this year and the Monsun colt, trained by Andreas Wohler for Dr Christoph Berglar, was very impressive in the Group One Betfair-sponsored King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot on July 27, winning by five lengths.
Lethal Force also heads the battle for the Cartier Older Horse title on pints, from Al Kazeem and Novellist.
Trainer Jim Bolger dominates the Cartier Three-Year-old Colt category, thanks to Dawn Approach and Irish Derby hero Trading Leather (92), who finished second at Ascot to Novellist, but Toronado has now moved to third on points.
Sky Lantern is clear of Irish 1,000 Guineas scorer Just The Judge (84) in the race for the Cartier Three-Year-old Filly accolade, while Her Majesty The Queen's Gold Cup heroine Estimate (56) leads Simenon (24) and Verema (21) for the Cartier Stayer award.
Lethal Force holds a commanding advantage in the Cartier Sprint category. The son of Dark Angel is followed by Society Rock (64) and King's Stand Stakes scorer Sole Power (45).
The first batch of points for the two-year-olds are released today and it's a seven-way tie for top honours in the Cartier Two-Year-Old Colt category. Aidan O'Brien's War Command, who vanquished his rivals in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot, is joined on 16 points by Norfolk Stakes hero No Nay Never, trained in the US by Wesley Ward, Portland Place Properties July Stakes winner Anjaal and 32Red.com Superlative Stakes victor Good Old Boy Lukey,
Queen Mary Stakes scorer Rizeena, trained by Clive Brittain, tops the Cartier Two-Year-Old Filly standings on 24 points despite a shock defeat at the hands of Lucky Kristale (16) in the Duchess Of Cambridge Stakes Sponsored By Betfred at Newmarket on July 12. Impressive Prix Robert Papin winner Vorda is also on 16 points.
Harry Herbert, Cartier's Racing Consultant, commented: "The QIPCO Sussex Stakes was truly Glorious and the whole racing world eagerly anticipates the fourth meeting between Toronado and Dawn Approach.
"Novellist's victory in the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes Sponsored by Betfair was magnificent and now we wait to see what Moonlight Cloud and Al Kazeem can achieve at Deauville and York respectively later this month."
POINTS UP TO AND INCLUDING SUNDAY, AUGUST 4, 2013
CARTIER HORSE OF THE YEAR
CARTIER OLDER HORSE
CARTIER THREE-YEAR-OLD COLT
CARTIER TWO-YEAR-OLD COLT
CARTIER TWO-YEAR-OLD FILLY
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