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Treve the Rising Star in Cartier Standings
Sky Lantern has bridged the gap on Al Kazeem in the race for the Cartier Horse Of The Year Award, with the pair tied on 148 points, after annexing her third Group One of the season in the Kingdom Of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket on September 28.
The Richard Hannon-trained three-year-old filly opened her account this season in the QIPCO 1000 Guineas at Newmarket in May and followed up with a terrific performance in the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot, while Al Kazeem completed a Group One hat-trick in the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown Park on July 6.
Al Kazeem, trained by Roger Charlton, has been retired to stud following Sunday’s sixth in the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe behind new star Treve (112), but is still ahead on points for the Cartier Older Horse Award. The five-year-old leads Lethal Force (120), who has also been retired to stud following wins in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes and Darley July Cup, Juddmonte International Stakes victor Declaration Of War (108) and the Freddy Head-trained Moonlight Cloud (104), who quickened brilliantly to land the seven-furlong Group One Qatar Prix de la Foret at Longchamp on Sunday and is unbeaten in four starts this season.
Treve, trained by Criquette Head-Maarek, does not have as many points as some of her rivals but that may not matter after blitzing rivals by five lengths and more in the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe on October 6. The three-year-old daughter of Motivator was highly impressive and extended her unbeaten record to five, and the victories have included terrific displays in the Prix de Diane Longines in June and the Qatar Prix Vermeille on September 15.
Points earned in Pattern races throughout the year count towards 40 per cent of the process to arrive at the eight equine Cartier Racing Awards winners each year. Another 40 per cent is allocated to the findings of Cartier’s panel of journalists, chaired by Brough Scott, at the end of the season, with votes (starting on October 23) from the readers of The Daily Telegraph and Racing Post accounting for the remaining 20 per cent.
Their opinions could easily sway the Cartier Horse Of The Year and Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly Awards to Treve, but, with just under four weeks of the 2013 Flat season left before the voting ends, there is time for plenty of twists and turns yet.
Another epic performance during Dubai Future Champions Day at Newmarket this weekend or the magnificent QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot a week later could turn the situation again, while America’s Breeders’ Cup in early November and Australia’s Emirates Melbourne Cup may also have a last-minute impact.
Treve has anyway edged closer on points to Sky Lantern in the Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly category, while Irish 1,000 Guineas heroine Just The Judge remains on 84 points after disappointing in the Kingdom Of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes.
Trading Leather (128 points) has been a model of consistency this season, landing the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the Curragh in June and being placed in the four other Group One contests, including on his latest outing when third to The Fugue (92) in the Red Mills Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown on September 7. Jim Bolger’s charge is ahead of stable companion Dawn Approach (112), set to line up in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot on British Champions Day, in the Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt category, with Prix du Jockey Club hero and Arc third Intello on 92 points.
Gold Cup heroine Estimate (56) has not run since that famous Royal Ascot success, but continues to top the Carter Stayer category on points ahead of Godolphin’s Gain Irish St Leger runner-up Ahzeemah (42) and Sunday’s Qatar Prix du Cadran victor Altano (39). Lethal Force is well clear of his nearest pursuer, Society Rock (64), for the Cartier Sprinter Award.
Keeneland Phoenix Stakes winner Sudirman (88) leads US star No Nay Never (64) and Goffs Vincent O’Brien National Stakes victor Toormore (64) in the contest for the Cartier Two-Year-Old Colt Award. However, the leaderboard could change this weekend when Newmarket stages Dubai Future Champions Day, which features the Dubai Dewhurst Stakes and Vision.ae Middle Park Stakes.
The Clive Brittain-trained Rizeena (108), winner of the Moyglare Stud Stakes, holds a slender advantage in the Cartier Two-Year-old Filly category after chasing home Chriselliam (48) in the Shadwell Fillies’ Mile at Newmarket on September 27. Vorda (88), trained in France by Philippe Sogorb, is closing after a comfortable success in the Connolly’s Red Mills Cheveley Park Stakes at the same track on September 28.
Harry Herbert, Cartier’s Racing Consultant, commented: “Last weekend’s action at Longchamp showcased the best of European horseracing and Treve’s stunning victory in the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe could prove to be one of the all-time great performances in the history of the race.
“The 2013 season still has lots to offer with Dubai Future Champions Day, QIPCO British Champions Day and the Breeders’ Cup all on the agenda before we reach the end of a fascinating season.”
Points Up to and Including Sunday, October 6, 2013
CARTIER HORSE OF THE YEAR
CARTIER OLDER HORSE
CARTIER THREE-YEAR-OLD COLT
CARTIER THREE-YEAR-OLD FILLY
CARTIER TWO-YEAR-OLD COLT
CARTIER TWO-YEAR-OLD FILLY
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