Camelot Tops Points for Cartier Awards
The unbeaten Camelot, who underlined his class with an impressive five-length victory in Britain’s premier Classic on Saturday, leads the way in the first standings issued for the 2012 Cartier Racing Awards.
Camelot, trained by Aidan O’Brien and ridden by his son Joseph, tops both the Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt and Cartier Horse Of The Year points’ tables, thanks to his victories this year in the 12-furlong Investec Derby at Epsom Downs on June 2 and the other British colts’ Classic, the QIPCO 2000 Guineas, over a mile at Newmarket in early May.
With 96 points, he is well clear of Saonois (58), another recent Classic scorer who was successful in the Prix du Jockey Club, the French Derby, over an extended 10 furlongs at Chantilly on Sunday, June 3.
Frankel, the other great colt racing in Europe this year, was of course the Cartier Horse Of The Year in 2011 as well as the Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt. The Sir Henry Cecil-trained four-year-old made a brilliant return in the Group One JLT Lockinge Stakes at Newbury in May, to achieve a perfect 10 wins out of 10 runs but other busier horses currently lead the way in the Cartier Older Horse standings.
The big question now is will Camelot be aimed at the British Triple Crown, which means running in the Ladbrokes St Leger at Doncaster in September over an extended 14 furlongs, or could he drop down in trip and maybe meet Frankel, who is due to step up to 10 furlongs from a mile later this year.
The Flat season stretches into November, with the 2012 Cartier Awards announced on the 13th of that month, so there is a long way to go before everything is decided.
Two fillies, trained by O’Brien, lead the way in the Cartier Three-Year-old Filly Award - Homecoming Queen (51), who made all in the QIPCO 1000 Guineas at Newmarket, and Was (49), successful in the Investec Oaks at Epsom Downs on Friday, June 1.
The Cartier Awards are now in their 22nd year, having been established in 1991 to reward excellence in horseracing. They are determined by points earned by horses in Pattern races throughout 2012, 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 eight equine awards, the Cartier/Daily Telegraph Award of Merit goes to the person or persons who, in the opinion of the special 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 during a glittering ceremony before an invited audience at London’s Dorchester Hotel.
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