Cartier Racing Awards
Cartier Racing Awards 2018
Wednesday 19th September
   

Roaring Lion
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Roaring Lion
Roaring Lion 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.
 
Roaring Lion's nearest challenger in the race to be crowned Cartier Horse Of The Year, Alpha Centauri (160), also ran on the same Leopardstown card, with the Niarchos Family-owned filly finishing second to Laurens (120) in the G1 Coolmore Fastnet Rock Matron Stakes
 
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
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Humphrey Bogart
 
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 (58). 
 
Kew Gardens
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Kew Gardens
 
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. 
 
The same trainer/jockey combination teamed up 24 hours later at the Curragh with Flag Of Honour (58), who comfortably beat G1 Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby victor Latrobe (52) to capture the G1 Comer Group International Irish St Leger on day two of Irish Champions Weekend. 
 
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 - BattaashBrandoMerchant 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. 
 
Unbeaten Quorto (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.

Cartier Racing Awards - points earned in Pattern races up to and including Sunday, September 16, 2018
 
Cartier Horse Of The Year
Roaring Lion               174
Alpha Centauri            160
Poet's Word                 140
Laurens                        120
Stradivarius                 112
Recoletos                     104
Saxon Warrior             104
Cracksman                   88
Kew Gardens               84
Forever Together         80
 
Cartier Older Horse 
Poet's Word                 140
Recoletos                     104
Cracksman                   88
Lightning Spear           76
Waldgeist                     72
 
Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt
Roaring Lion              174
Saxon Warrior            104
Kew Gardens              84
Masar                          68
Flag Of Honour          58
 
Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly
Alpha Centauri            160
Laurens                        120
Forever Together         80
Sea Of Class                64
Wild Illusion                64
 
Cartier Sprinter
Battaash                       48
Brando                         48
Havana Grey               48
Merchant Navy           48
Blue Point                   46
 
Cartier Stayer
Stradivarius                  112
Flag Of Honour            56
Vazirabad                     55
Kew Gardens               48
Torcedor                       36
 
Cartier Two-Year-Old Colt
Advertise                     56
Quorto                         48
Anthony Van Dyck     40
Soldier's Call               26
Marie's Diamond         24
Too Darn Hot              24
 
Cartier Two-Year-Old Filly
Skitter Scatter               60
Pretty Pollyanna           48
Signora Cabello            48
Beyond Reason            24
So Perfect                     24

Mathematician Betting

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

Past winners at the Cartier Racing Awards