Action-packed September shakes up Cartier Awards standings

“Australia beaten by The Grey Gatsby” and “Kingman’s throat infection” are recent headlines about the two leaders in the points’ standings for the 2014 Cartier Racing Awards, introducing doubt into suggested outcomes.

Leopardstown and the Curragh played host to the inaugural Irish Champions Weekend on 13th and 14th September, the highlight of which was the 10-furlong Group One QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes. A thrilling finish saw The Grey Gatsby (pictured, 124 points) just edge out-dual Derby winner Australia (164), who raced wide, by a neck.

Australia lost out on the chance of making significant inroads into star miler Kingman’s (208) lead in both the Cartier Horse Of The Year and Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt categories. Kingman will hopefully only have a short interruption in his preparation for the Group One Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (Sponsored By QIPCO – British Champions Mile) at Ascot on 18th October.

The admirable Grey Gatsby, trained by Kevin Ryan and owned by Frank Gillespie, reversed Juddmonte International form with Australia and now enters calculations for Cartier Horse Of The Year and Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt honours.

French-trained Cirrus Des Aigles (124), who amassed his points in the first half of the year, still heads the Cartier Older Horse category and lies in joint third place in the Cartier Horse Of The Year standings. Leading three-year-old filly Taghrooda (112), who holds a clear lead in the race for the Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly Award, is fifth in the latter and her next appearance is likely to be in the Group One Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp on 4th October.

The Irish Champions Weekend also had a significant effect on the two juvenile categories. The Aidan O’Brien-trained Gleneagles (56) recorded a fourth consecutive victory when taking the Group One Goffs Vincent O’Brien National Stakes at the Curragh on 14th September and now tops the standings for the Cartier Two-Year-Old Colt Award.

Similarly, Cursory Glance (48) capped a perfect weekend for Newmarket handler Roger Varian when successful by a neck from Lucida (24) in the Group One Moyglare Stud Stakes on the same card and has the advantage in the Cartier Two-Year-Old Filly category.

The standings for the Cartier Stayer Award have been shaken up. Brown Panther (60), part-owned by former England international footballer Michael Owen, registered a stunning six and a half-length victory over Leading Light (80), previously victorious in the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot, in the Group One Palmerstown House Estate Irish St Leger at the Curragh on 14th September.

A day earlier at Doncaster, last year’s champion Cartier Two-Year-Old Colt Kingston Hill (32) was successful in the Ladbrokes St Leger at Doncaster to hand Varian and jockey Andrea Atzeni a first Classic victory.

Estimate (48), owned by The Queen, was at her best when gaining a deserved first victory of the season in the Group Two Socialites Electric Cigarettes Doncaster Cup on 12th September. The five-year-old mare scooped the Cartier Stayer honours in 2013 and is set to appear next in the Group Two QIPCO British Champions Long Distance Cup at Ascot on QIPCO British Champions Day, 18th October.

Slade Power and Sole Power (both 72 points) continue to jointly-head the Cartier Sprinter category. The stable companions are trained in Ireland by Edward Lynam and owned by Sabena Power. Sole Power suffered a reversal on September 6 when fourth to G Force (32) in the Group One Betfred Sprint Cup over six furlongs at Haydock Park. The consistent Stepper Point (42), a dual Group One runner-up this season, lies in third place following a deserved victory in the Group Three Derrinstown Stud Flying Five Stakes at the Curragh on 14th September.

Harry Herbert, Cartier’s Racing Consultant, commented: “There has been a whirlwind of top-quality Flat racing in the first half of September. Ireland’s inaugural Champions Weekend served up truly excellent fare, while the Classics are now complete in Britain following the victory of Kingston Hill in the Ladbrokes St Leger at Doncaster.

“Attention will soon switch to France for Europe’s middle distance showdown, the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe on 4th October, while QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot on 18th October is on the horizon.

“The race for Cartier honours this year is still open to significant change.”

The Cartier Racing Awards honour the champions of European horseracing and will be announced before an invited audience of 300 on the evening of Tuesday, 11th November, 2014.

European horseracing’s equivalent of the Oscars are delivered through a tried and tested combination of points earned by horses in Pattern races throughout 2014 (40%), combined at the end of season with the opinions of a panel of racing journalists (30%) and votes from readers of Racing Post and The Daily Telegraph plus Channel 4 Racing viewers (30%).

Channel 4 Racing joined The Daily Telegraph and Racing Post as media partners of the Cartier Racing Awards towards the end of the last year.

The Cartier Awards were established in 1991 to reward excellence in horseracing. In addition to the eight equine awards, the Cartier/Daily Telegraph Award of Merit goes to the person or persons who, in the opinion of the special 17-strong Cartier Jury, has/have done the most for European racing and/or breeding either over their lifetime or within the past 12 months.

Cartier Racing Awards – Points in Pattern races up to and including Sunday, 14th September, 2014

Cartier Horse Of The Year
Kingman 208
Australia 164
Cirrus Des Aigles 124
The Grey Gatsby 124
Taghrooda 112
Noble Mission 90
Toronado 88
Mukhadram 84
Night Of Thunder 84
Avenir Certain 80
Charm Spirit 80
Leading Light 80

Cartier Older Horse
Cirrus Des Aigles 124
Noble Mission 90
Toronado 88
Mukhadram 84
Integral 60
Magician 60
Telescope 60
African Story 54
Anodin 52
The Fugue 48
Sultanina 48

Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt
Kingman 208
Australia 164
The Grey Gatsby 124
Night Of Thunder 84
Charm Spirit 80
Adelaide 64
Kingston Hill 56
Prince Gibraltar 44
Gallante 38
Karakontie 36

Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly
Taghrooda 112
Avenir Certain 80
Miss France 64
Rizeena 64
Bracelet 56
Tapestry 48
Tarfasha 48
Lightning Thunder 40
Vazira 40
Euro Charline 36

Cartier Sprinter
Slade Power 72
Sole Power 72
Stepper Point 42
Garswood 32
G Force 32
Extortionist 28
Hot Streak 26
Thawaany 24
Maarek 20
Gordon Lord Byron 20

Cartier Stayer
Leading Light 80
Brown Panther 60
Estimate 48
Kingston Hill 32
Cavalryman 26
Fly With Me 26
Terrubi 24
Missunited 20
Pale Mimosa 18
Certerach 17

Cartier Two-Year-Old Colt
Gleaneagles 56
Kool Kompany 48
The Wow Signal 48
Dick Whittington 40
Ivawood 32
Estidhkaar 32
Jungle Cat 24
Cappella Sansevero 24
Muhaarar 20
Toscanini 20

Cartier Two-Year-Old Filly
Cursory Glance 48
Tiggy Wiggy 24
Lucida 24
Anthem Alexander 20
Agnes Stewart 20
Arabian Queen 16
Ervedya 16
Raydara 16
High Celebrity 16
Muraaqaba 16

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