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.
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.
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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."