stormed to the head of the standings for Cartier Horse Of The Year following a sensational weekend of European racing that featured eight G1 contests across three countries.
The three-year-old colt, owned by Qatar Racing Limited and trained by John Gosden, gained a third consecutive G1 success with a swooping neck verdict over Saxon Warrior
in the QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes
at Leopardstown, Ireland, on September 15.
Roaring Lion has now accrued 174 points in Pattern races so far this season, having also achieved G1 victories in the Juddmonte International
at York on August 22 and the Coral-Eclipse
at Sandown Park on July 7 to add to his Irish Champions Weekend success.
He may now head for the G1 QIPCO Champion Stakes
at Ascot on October 20, and victory at the finale of the British Flat season could help the son of Kitten's Joy clinch both the Cartier Horse Of The Year and Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt Awards for 2018.
Alpha Centauri, a four-time G1 winner for Jessica Harrington this season, was found to have a chip in a fetlock following her shock defeat and the outstanding three-year-old filly was immediately retired.
The daughter of Mastercraftsman still holds a significant advantage in the Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly standings, with her Leopardstown conqueror moving up to second in the same category after notching a third G1 success of the season.
Laurens, trained by Karl Burke for owner John Dance, could further her Cartier Racing Awards credentials at Newmarket next month, with the G1 Kingdom Of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes
on October 6 under consideration for the filly as well as the Breeders' Cup at Churchill Downs on November 3.
Saxon Warrior (104), successful in the G1 QIPCO 2000 Guineas
at Newmarket in May, was also retired following his second to Roaring Lion, but owners Coolmore enjoyed a pair of G1 victories with fellow three-year-old colts Kew Gardens
(84) and Flag Of Honour
Both horses were trained by Aidan O'Brien and ridden by Ryan Moore, with Kew Gardens staying on well to take the final Classic of the British season, the G1 William Hill St Leger
at Doncaster on September 15.
Both colts still have significant ground to make up on the current leader in the Cartier Stayer rankings, Stradivarius
(112), and a trip back down in trip for the G1 Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe
at Longchamp, France, on October 7 could be on the cards for Kew Gardens.
The Cartier Sprinter category is wide open, with four horses currently tied on 48 points - Battaash
, Merchant Navy
and improving three-year-old Havana Grey
, who gained a breakthrough first G1 success in the five-furlong Derrinstown Stud Flying Five Stakes for in-form Burke at the Curragh on September 16.
The Havana Gold colt, owned by Global Racing Club and Elaine Burke, is set to head out to Churchill Downs, USA, for a crack at the G1 Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint on November 3.
(48) firmly entered calculations for Cartier Two-Year-Old Colt honours with a determined victory for Godolphin and trainer Charlie Appleby in the G1 Goffs Vincent O'Brien National Stakes
on the same Curragh card, emulating his sire Dubawi, who took the seven-furlong race in 2004, with only the Martyn Meade-trained Advertise
(56) ahead of him.
Also at the Curragh on Sunday, Skitter Scatter
(60), provided trainer Paddy Prendergast and jockey Ronan Whelan with their first G1 successes in the Moyglare Stud Stakes
- a performance that saw Anthony and Sonia Rogers' filly leap to the head of the Cartier Two-Year-Old Filly standings.
Longchamp offered up several clues for the next month's G1 Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe with a tremendous card on Sunday, September 16, including a big-race double for legendary trainer Andre Fabre.
Godolphin's four-year-old filly Kitesurf (56) annexed the G1 Qatar Prix Vermeille, while Waldgiest (72), owned by Gestut Ammerland and Newsells Park, gained a fourth consecutive win with an impressive display in the G2 Qatar Prix Foy.
Both Cartier Older Horse contenders look set to return to Longchamp for the middle-distance highlight, which is also set to feature 2017 Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt Cracksman
(88) and stable companion Enable
(8), last year's Cartier Horse Of The Year and Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly, whose 2018 season has been restricted to one run so far -a glorious comeback at Kempton Park in the G3 188Bet September Stakes.
Sector leader is Poet's Word
140 points, who will not run again this year because of an injury.
2017 - CARTIER RACING AWARDS
Cartier Two-Year-Old Colt: U S Navy Flag
Cartier Two-Year-Old Filly: Happily
Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt: Cracksman
Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly: Enable
Cartier Sprinter: Harry Angel
Cartier Stayer: Order Of St George
Cartier Older Horse: Ulysses
Cartier Horse of the Year: Enable owned by Prince Khalid Abdullah
Cartier/Daily Telegraph Award of Merit: Sir Michael Stoute