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Camelot Increases Advantage in Cartier Standings

Camelot, the star unbeaten three-year-old colt owned by a Coolmore partnership and trained by Ireland’s champion Aidan O’Brien, has gone further ahead in the latest points standings for the 2012 Cartier Racing Awards, following his victory in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby.

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The Cartier Racing 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 on Tuesday evening, November 13.

Camelot extended his unbeaten run to five thanks to his victory over Born To Sea by two lengths at the Curragh on the evening of June 30.

The Montjeu colt is an intended runner in Britain’s final Classic of the year, the Ladbrokes St Leger at Doncaster, on September 15, with the aim of becoming the first colt to achieve the Triple Crown since Nijinsky in 1970. The Triple Crown consists of the three Classics open to colts - the QIPCO 2,000 Guineas over a mile at Newmarket in early May, the Investec Derby over a mile and a half at Epsom Downs in early June and the Ladbrokes St Leger over an extended 14 furlongs in mid-September.

Camelot leads the way in the standings for both the Cartier Horse Of The Year and Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt on 144 points.

He is well clear of his nearest opponent for the supreme Cartier Horse Of The Year accolade, the now-retired So You Think (78), with Cirrus Des Aigles on 72.

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Another unbeaten star, the great Frankel who is the world’s best horse, comes next on 64 and is due to get the chance to increase his points tally on August 1 in the QIPCO Sussex Stakes on the second day of Glorious Goodwood.

Frankel is joined by on 64 points by Giofra who showed improved form to win the Group One Etihad Airways Falmouth Stakes over a mile on soft ground at Newmarket’s Piper-Heidsieck July Festival last week. Trained in France by Alain De Royer Dupre, the four-year-old Dansili filly looks on the upgrade and she could also head to Glorious Goodwood for the Group One Markel Insurance Nassau Stakes on August 4.

The standings for the Cartier Older Horse Award are the same as above but without Camelot, which means a close battle is in prospect.

Camelot has an even more commanding lead in the Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt Award, being chased by Saonois (58), Most Improved (48) and stablemate Imperial Monarch (40), who recently landed the Group One Grand Prix de Paris at Longchamp.

Beauty Parlour, who has just been switched from France to Britain by her owner Ecurie Wildenstein, holds a narrow lead – 56 to 51 – over the recently-retired Homecoming Queen in the Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly rankings, and with Starscope and Was snapping at their heels on 49.

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Mayson jumped to the head of the Cartier Sprinter category, shading Australian sprinting sensation Black Caviar 56 to 48, after his impressive victory in the Group One Darley July Cup on the final day of Newmarket’s Piper-Heidsieck July Festival, Saturday, July 14. Bated Breath, a non-runner on Saturday because of the heavy ground, shares third spot with Little Bridge and Darley July Cup second The Cheka on 32 points.

The Cartier Stayer Award is dominated by Godolphin, with the Saeed bin Suroor-trained Colour Vision (56) ahead of the Mahmood Al Zarooni-trained Opinion Poll (36) after their first and second in the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot.

The Piper-Heidsieck July Festival saw Olympic Glory come good in the Group Two Superlative Stakes and Sendmylovetorose win the Irish Thoroughbred Market Cherry Hinton Stakes, also a Group Two contest.

They now lead the standings, both on 24 points, for the Cartier Two-Year-Old Colt and the Cartier Two-Year-Old Filly respectively.

Harry Herbert, Cartier’s racing consultant, commented: “It is very exciting to have Europe’s best three-year-old, Camelot, going for the Triple Crown which demonstrates tremendous versatility and ability.

“Ascot’s King George meeting, sponsored by Betfair, and Glorious Goodwood are coming up and performances at both will no doubt have a strong bearing on the 2012 Cartier Racing Awards.”

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