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Cartier Racing Awards 2014
Wednesday 16th July

Slade Power Sprints up Cartier Racing Awards' Standings

Slade Power and Mukhadram are the big movers in the latest points' standings for the 2014 Cartier Racing Awards.

Slade Power
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Slade Power

Slade Power (72 points), trained in Ireland by Edward Lynam, has taken a clear lead in the Cartier Sprinter category following his decisive victory in the Group One Darley July Cup at Newmarket on July 12. This was his second top-level success of 2014, with the five-year-old having landed the Diamond Jubilee Stakes, also over six furlongs, at Royal Ascot in June. His closest pursuer in the Cartier Sprinter category is stable companion Sole Power(40), who triumphed in the five-furlong Group One King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot but bypassed the Newmarket race due to the rain-softened ground.

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Sandown Park on July 5 played host to one of the all-aged middle-distance highlights of the season, the Group One Coral-Eclipse over 10 furlongs. The honours went to the William Haggas-trained Mukhadram (72), who is now joint fifth in the race for Cartier Horse Of The Year and second in the Cartier Older Horse category. Mukhadram has been on the go since the early part of the year, having begun 2014 by finishing second in the Group One Dubai World Cup at Meydan in March, but his races have been well spread out.

Evergreen eight-year-old Cirrus Des Aigles (124) is still unchallenged at the head of both the Cartier Horse Of The Year and Cartier Older Horse following three Group One victories in 2014.

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There are no significant changes in the standings for Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt and Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly Awards. Kingman (112), hero of the Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas and St James's Palace Stakes, continues to head the way in the former, with a narrow advantage over Investec Derby and Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby victor Australia(92). Kingman is now set to head to Glorious Goodwood on July 30 to contest the Group One QIPCO Sussex Stakes.

Avenir Certain (64) still holds the lead in the Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly category, following her victories in the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches (French 1,000 Guineas) and Prix de Diane Longines (French Oaks). Her closest pursuers include QIPCO 1000 Guineas winner Miss France and Investec Oaks scorer Taghrooda, both 48 points. Rizeena, trained by the veteran Newmarket handler Clive Brittain, is also on 48 following her Coronation Stakes win and excellent second in the Group One QIPCO Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket on July 11 to the year-older Integral (52).

Leading Light
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Leading Light

Leading Light (56) remains on top of the Cartier Stayer category, following his victory in the Group One Gold Cup at Royal Ascot, where he defeated The Queen's Estimate(24). Terrubi and Brown Panther are also on 24 points, after finishing first and second respectively in the Group Two Prix Maurice De Nieuil at Longchamp on July 13.

Harry Herbert, Cartier's Racing Consultant, commented: "The next wave of top-class meetings - at Ascot, Goodwood, Deauville and York - is about to start sweeping over us.

"Outcomes for the 2014 Cartier Racing Awards remain wide open and we are perfectly positioned for an enthralling second half of the season."

Cartier Racing Awards 2014

Pattern Race points earned in 2014 up to the end of Sunday, July 13.

Cartier Horse Of The Year
Cirrus Des Aigles 124
Kingman 112
Australia 92
Night Of Thunder 76
Mukhadram 72
Slade Power 72
Noble Mission 68
Avenir Certain 64
Spiritjim 56
Leading Light 56

Cartier Older Horse
Cirrus Des Aigles 124
Mukhadram 72
Noble Mission 68
Spiritjim 56
African Story 54
Integral 52
Magician 48
Toronado  48
The Fugue 48
Thistle Bird 40

Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt
Kingman 112
Australia 92
Night Of Thunder 76
The Grey Gatsby 52
Prince Gibraltar 40
Gallante 38
Karakontie 36
Adelaide 36
Kingston Hill 24
Mustajeeb 24

Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly
Avenir Certain 64
Miss France 48
Taghrooda 48
Rizeena 48
Lightning Thunder 40
We Are 32
Marvellous 32
Tarfasha 32
Vazira 24
Xcellence 24
Lesstalk In Paris 24
Bracelet 24

Cartier Sprinter
Slade Power 72
Sole Power 40
Hot Streak 26
Maarek 20
Stepper Point 18
Catcall 16
Rangali 16
Due Diligence 16
Tropics  16
Ahtoug 14

Cartier Stayer
Leading Light 56
Estimate 24
Brown Panther 24
Terrubi 24
Fly With Me 18
Certerach 17
Tac De Boistron 16
Gospel Choir 16
Missunited 12
Cavalryman 10

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There are two more categories - Cartier Two-Year-Old Colt & Cartier Two-Year-old Filly and the points for these will be announced later in the year after sufficient two-year-old Group races have been run.

The annual review into the points' system for the Cartier Racing Awards has resulted in some changes.

The points' structure is below.


Here is the final points system for the 2014 Cartier Racing Awards.

1. Pattern Races (40%)
2. Points awarded at end of the season by Cartier's Panel of Journalists (30%)
3. Votes from Channel 4 viewers plus readers of The Daily Telegraph & Racing Post (30%)


Super Category

Winner           48        Second            24        Third 12

Points awarded in British Classics

QIPCO 1000 Guineas, QIPCO 2000 Guineas, Investec Derby & Investec Oaks.

Points awarded at Royal Ascot

Queen Anne Stakes, Prince of Wales's Stakes, Ascot Gold Cup & St James's Palace Stakes

Points awarded for other British races

Coral-Eclipse Stakes, King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes Sponsored by QIPCO, QIPCO Sussex Stakes, Juddmonte International, QIPCO Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, QIPCO British Champions Stakes

Points awarded for French races

Prix Ganay, Prix du Haras de Fresnay-le-Buffard Jacques Le Marois, Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe

Points awarded for Irish races

QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes

Points awarded for Dubai races

Dubai World Cup Sponsored By Emirates

Points awarded for certain Breeders' Cup races

Breeders' Cup Classic, Breeders' Cup Mile, Breeders' Cup Turf

Points awarded in European Pattern races - GB, France & Ireland

Gr. 1               Gr. 2               Gr. 3

Winner            32                    16                    8

Second           16                      8                    4

Third                   8                      4                    2

America, Australia, Dubai, Hong Kong, Japan & Singapore

Gr. 1               Gr. 2               Gr. 3

Winner            24                    12                   4

Second           12                      6                   2

Third                  6                       3                   1

Canada, Germany, Italy, Turkey & other countries

Gr. 1               Gr. 2               Gr. 3

Winner            12                      6                   2

Second             6                      3                   1

Third                   3                     2                    -

Stayers are for races in excess of 12 furlongs (even three-year-olds only)

Sprinters are for races shorter than 7 furlongs (not 2yo only) (now including three-year-olds only)

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