Cartier Racing Awards
Cartier Racing Awards 2018
Wednesday 18th July
   

Thrilling performances from Alpha Centauri and Roaring Lion have helped strengthen the claims of this year's Classic crop in the race for top honours in this year's Cartier Racing Awards. 

Alpha Centauri
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Alpha Centauri

The outstanding Alpha Centauri (96) has taken the lead for both the Cartier Horse Of The Year and Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly on Pattern race points following a stunning all-the-way victory by four and a half lengths in the G1 Tattersalls Falmouth Stakes on day two of Newmarket's Moët & Chandon July Festival on July 13. 

It was a third consecutive G1 success over a mile for the Niarchos Family-owned filly, who is trained by Jessica Harrington in Ireland, and the talented daughter of Mastercraftsman now looks set to take on colts and older horses for the first time in the G1 Prix du Haras de Fresnay-le-Buffard Jacques le Marois at Deauville, France, on August 12. 

A strong crop of three-year-old fillies this season also includes Laurens (88), owned by John Dance and trained by Karl Burke, who herself has gained a pair of G1 victories in the Coolmore Prix Saint-Alary and the Prix de Diane Longines. 

Roaring Lion
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Roaring Lion
The traditional first major G1 clash of the generations, the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown Park on July 7, saw the Classic crop come out on top as three-year-old colts Roaring Lion (78), trained by John Gosden for Qatar Racing, and Saxon Warrior (80) fought out a tremendous finish to the 10-furlong contest, with a neck separating them at the line.

This year's Coral-Eclipse lost some of its sparkle with the late defection of Investec Derby hero Masar (68), who had Roaring Lion and Saxon Warrior in third and fourth respectively when taking the Epsom Downs Classic on June 2. 

The Godolphin colt will be side-lined for the rest of the 2018 Flat season with a soft-tissue injury, but hopes are high that he will return to action for trainer Charlie Appleby next season. He could still receive the Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt Award through panel opinions and public votes at the end of the season. 

U S Navy Flag
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U S Navy Flag

Last year's Cartier Two-Year-Old Colt winner U S Navy Flag (32) returned to form in tremendous fashion after being dropped back in trip with an all-the-way success over Brando (32) in the six-furlong G1 Darley July Cup on the third and final day of Newmarket's Moët & Chandon July Festival on July 14. 

The three-year-old War Front colt, trained by Aidan O'Brien for a Coolmore partnership like Saxon Warrior, looks set to be kept to sprint distances, with the world's richest turf race, the Everest at Royal Randwick, Australia, on October 13 as a potential target. 

O'Brien and Coolmore are also responsible for the current leader in the Cartier Sprinter category, G1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes victor Merchant Navy (48), who himself is heading out to Australia to take up stud duties. The Cartier Sprint Award is looking very open at the moment. 

Cracksman (88) continues to head the Cartier Older Horse standings. The Gosden-trained four-year-old looks set to bypass the G1 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (sponsored by QIPCO) at Ascot on July 28, a race which could feature his nearest pursuers Poet's Word (68) and Waldgeist (56). 

G1 Gold Cup hero Stradivarius (64) continues to hold the advantage in the race to be Cartier Stayer. The four-year-old colt, owned and bred by Bjorn Nielsen and trained by John Gosden, will take another step towards the WH Stayers' Million bonus by trying to win the Qatar Goodwood Cup, one of three G1 races at the Qatar Goodwood Festival which runs from July 31 to August 4.

Cartier Racing Awards - points earned in Pattern races up to and including Sunday, July 15, 2018
 
Cartier Horse Of The Year
Alpha Centauri 96
Cracksman 88
Laurens   88
Saxon Warrior 80
Roaring Lion 78
Masar   68
Poet's Word 68
Forever Together 64
Stradivarius  64
Waldgeist 56
 
Cartier Older Horse 
Cracksman 88
Poet's Word 68
Waldgeist 56
Benbatl   54
Thunder Snow 54
 
Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt
Saxon Warrior 80
Roaring Lion 78
Masar   68
Study Of Man 52
Kew Gardens 48
U S Navy Flag 48
Without Parole 48
 
Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly
Alpha Centauri 96
Laurens   88
Forever Together 64
Billesdon Brook 48
Athena   32
Teppal   32
Wild Illusion 32
 
Cartier Sprinter
Merchant Navy 48
Sands Of Mali 40
Blue Point 38
Eqtidaar 36
Battaash 32
Brando   32
U S Navy Flag 32
 
Cartier Stayer
Stradivarius  64
Vazirabad 55
Marmelo 24
Torcedor 20
Flag Of Honour 16
Kew Gardens 16

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