Cartier Racing Awards
Cartier Racing Awards 2017
Wednesday 19th July
   

Classic Generation Lay Down Strong Markers for Top Honours


Impressive Group One victories by Enable and Harry Angel, plus a tremendous run in defeat from Barney Roy, have seen the three-year-old generation strengthen their claims for Cartier Horse Of The Year honours at this year's Cartier Racing Awards in November. 
 
Enable
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Enable
Having captured the G1 Investec Oaks impressively by five lengths on June 3, Enable (80) became the 14th filly to follow up victory at Epsom Downs with more Classic success in the G1 Darley Irish Oaks at the Curragh on July 15, when she quickened clear for an authoritative five and a half-length verdict. 
 
Owned by Khalid Abdullah and trained by John Gosden in Newmarket, the daughter of Nathaniel now looks set to take on the colts in some of Europe's premier middle-distance contests, with the G1 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Sponsored By QIPCO) and G1 Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe among the races under consideration. 
 
Winter
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Winter
 
Winter
 
(116)continues to head both the Cartier Horse Of The Year and Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly standings on Pattern race points following an outstanding first half of the season. The Galileo filly, trained by Aidan O'Brien for a Coolmore partnership, has gained decisive G1 victories in the QIPCO 1000 Guineas, the Tattersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas and the Coronation Stakes, all at a mile, and is on target for the 10-furong G1 Qatar Nassau Stakes at the Qatar Goodwood Festival on Thursday, August 3.

Roly Poly (64), also trained by O'Brien for Coolmore, was runner-up in both the QIPCO 1000 Guineas and the Tattersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas, and the War Front filly advertised the form of those races when winning the G1 Tattersalls Falmouth Stakes at last week's Newmarket July Festival on July 14. 
 
Harry Angel

Harry Angel
Three-year-old colt Harry Angel (68), owned by Godolphin and trained by Clive Cox, leapt to the top of the standings for the Cartier Sprinter Award with a scintillating victory in the G1 Darley July Cup on the final day of that festival, July 15. 
 
The son of Dark Angel readily beat a top-quality field that included top older sprinters Tasleet (32), The Tin Man (32) and Limato (24) as well as fellow three-year-old Caravaggio (40), who lost his unbeaten record after having defeated Harry Angel in the G1 Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot. 
 
It was a second Darley July Cup victory for Cox, whose previous winner Lethal Force went on to be crowned Cartier Sprinter at the 2013 Cartier Racing Awards. 
 
Ulysses
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Ulysses
The G1 Coral-Eclipse at Sandown Park on July 8 provided the first opportunity for the top middle distance three-year-olds to take on older opposition and this year's race produced a thrilling battle of the generations, with four-year-old Ulysses (68) beating his younger rival Barney Roy (104) by a nose.
 
Barney Roy, successful in the G1 St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot, currently leads the race for the Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt Award and the Richard Hannon-trained son of Excelebration, owned by Godolphin, could face a rematch with his Sandown Park conqueror in the G1 Juddmonte Stakes at York in August. 
 

Several further mouth-watering clashes between the generations may take place over the coming weeks, with G1 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Sponsored By QIPCO) at Ascot on July 29 followed by the Qatar Goodwood Festival, which runs between August 1 and 5. 
 
The G1 Qatar Sussex Stakes, run over a mile at Goodwood on August 2, is the aim of both the leading Cartier Older Horse, Godolphin's Ribchester (86), and this year's QIPCO 2000 Guineas and Irish 2,000 Guineas victor, Coolmore's Churchill (80). The £1-million race is developing into another "Duel on the Downs".
 
Big Orange
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Quest For More
 
Everyone's favourite, the gutsy Big Orange (56), currently top of the Cartier Stayer standings, is out to try and become the second horse ever to win three runnings of the G1 Qatar Goodwood Cup on August 1. 
 
Harry Herbert, Cartier's Racing Consultant, commented: "Winter and Enable are two seriously talented three-year-old fillies and it will be fascinating to see how they get on in the second half of the 2017 Flat season.
 
"Following the recent retirement of last year's Cartier Horse Of The Year, Minding, through injury, the way is clear for either Winter or Enable to step up and take over her mantle."

Mathematician Betting

Cartier Racing Awards -
points earned in Pattern races up to and including Sunday, July 16, 2017
 
Cartier Horse Of The Year
Winter    116
Barney Roy  104
Ribchester  86
Churchill  80
Decorated Knight  80
Enable   80
Highland Reel  80
Thunder Snow   78
Brametot  72
Harry Angel  68
Ulysses   68
 
Cartier Older Horse 
Ribchester  86
Decorated Knight  80
Highland Reel  80
Ulysses   68
Cloth Of Stars  56
 
Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt
Barney Roy  104
Churchill  80
Thunder Snow   78
Brametot  72
Harry Angel  68
 
Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly
Winter    116
Enable   80
Roly Poly  64
Rhododendron  48
Senga   44
 
Cartier Sprinter
Harry Angel  68
Caravaggio  40
Tasleet   32
Lady Aurelia  32
The Tin Man  32
 
Cartier Stayer
Big Orange  56
Vazirabad  31
Order Of St George 28
Polarisation  24
Dartmouth  16
Stradivarius  16
Rekindling   16
Marmelo   16
Talismanic   16

Past winners at the Cartier Racing Awards