Cartier Racing Awards Media Release Wednesday, September 16, 2020 - Magical closes on Ghaiyyath in race to be crowned Cartier Horse of the Year

Published 2020/09/16

Magical and Ghaiyyath fought out a tremendous finish to the G1 Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown on September 12 and the multiple G1 winners are closely matched in the latest standings for Cartier Horse of the Year.

The Cartier Racing Awards were established in 1991 to reward excellence in horseracing.

There are eight equine awards -

the Cartier Horse Of The Year, the Cartier Older Horse, the Cartier Sprinter, the Cartier Stayer, the Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt, the Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly, the Cartier Two-Year-Old Colt and the Cartier Two-Year-Old Filly.

European horseracing's top awards are delivered through a tried and tested combination of points earned by horses in Pattern races (30%), combined at the end of season with the opinions of a panel of racing journalists/handicappers (35%) and votes from readers of Racing Post and The Daily Telegraph (35%).

The participation of the public plays a crucial role in determining the winners of each year's Cartier Racing Awards and gives horseracing fans the chance to put forward their favourite horses in a meaningful way.

In addition to the equine awards, the Cartier/Daily Telegraph Award of Merit goes to the person or persons who, in the opinion of the special 16-strong Cartier Jury, has/have done the most for European racing and/or breeding either over their lifetime or within the past 12 months.

The 10 most recent recipients have been Pat Smullen, David Oldrey, Sir Michael Stoute, Aidan O'Brien, Jack Berry, Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Jim Bolger, Team Frankel, Barry Hills and Richard Hannon Sr.

The 30th annual Cartier Racing Awards will be awarded in November. Cartier continues its ongoing support with the presentation of Cartier Racing Awards in 2020, despite the cancellation of the traditional awards ceremony at The Dorchester in London, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Cartier looks forward to resuming the awards ceremony in 2021. Magical (112), trained by Aidan O'Brien for a Coolmore syndicate, got the better of Godolphin's Ghaiyyath (118) by three-quarters of a length in the Irish Champion Stakes, making her just the second dual winner of the 10-furlong contest as she followed up on her 2019 success.

Magical had previously been the three-length runner up to Ghaiyyath in the G1 Juddmonte International at York in August.

The five-year-old Galileo mare was winning her third G1 race of 2020 following victories at the Curragh in the Tattersalls Gold Cup and Alwasmiyah Pretty Polly Stakes. Ghaiyyath, trained by Charlie Appleby, has also scored three times at the highest level in Europe this year, having taken the Hurworth Bloodstock Coronation Cup and Coral-Eclipse in addition to the Juddmonte International.

Ghaiyyath and Magical also top the standings in the Cartier Older Horse category.

Owner Godolphin and trainer Charlie Appleby are also responsible for Pinatubo (72), who tops the standings in the Cartier Three-Year Old category.

Pinatubo was last seen when second to four-year-old Persian King (80), who is part-owned by Godolphin, in the G1 Prix du Moulin de Longchamp at Longchamp on September 6.

A son of Shamardal and Cartier Two-Year-Old Colt in 2019, Pinatubo landed the G1 Qatar Prix Jean Prat at Deauville in July. Lying second in the Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt division is the unbeaten Palace Pier (64), who had Pinatubo a length behind him in the G1 St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot before going on to defeat all-aged opposition in the G1 Prix du Haras de Fresnay-le-Buffard Jacques le Marois at Deauville in August.

Love (96), trained by Aidan O'Brien for a Coolmore syndicate, continues to head the standings in the Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly category, following her Classic victories at Newmarket and Epsom and against older opposition in the Darley Yorkshire Oaks.

She has the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe as her next target and heads the market for Europe's premier all-aged contest.

Hamdan Al Maktoum's evergreen speedster Battaash (80), trained by Charlie Hills, continues to dominate the Cartier Sprinter division, having won all three of his outings so far in 2020, two of which came at G1 level.

Dreams Of Dreams (48) moves up to contest second spot behind Battaash after scoring a first G1 career victory in the Betfair Sprint Cup at Haydock Park on September 5.

It is a similar story in the Cartier Stayer division, where three-time G1 Gold Cup hero Stradivarius (64)holds a commanding advantage.

The six-year-old, homebred by owner Bjorn Nielsen and trained by John Gosden, was second on his latest outing when dropping down to 12 furlongs for the G2 Qatar Prix Foy on September 13, ahead of a possible attempt at the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

The Cartier Two-Year-Old Colt category is jointly led by G1 Keeneland Phoenix Stakes victor Lucky Vega and The Lir Jet (40 points), who was runner-up to Lucky Vega at the Curragh.

Perhaps the most impressive two-year-old performance so far this year came from Thunder Moon (32), who endured trouble in running but still managed to land the G1 Goffs Vincent O'Brien National Stakes authoritatively at the Curragh on September 13.

Campanelle and Shale (48 points) are both G1 winners and tied for the lead in the Cartier Two-Year-Old Filly category.

Trained in the USA by Wesley Ward, Campanelle saw off the colts and maintained her 100 per cent record in the G1 Darley Prix Morny at Deauville in August.

Shale, trained by Donnacha O'Brien, has been a consistent performer and was rewarded with G1 success in the Moyglare Stud Stakes on September 13 at the Curragh.

About the Cartier Racing Awards The Cartier Racing Awards were established in 1991 to reward excellence in European horseracing.

There are eight equine awards, ranging from the Cartier Horse Of The Year to the Cartier Two-Year-Old Colt and Cartier Two-Year-Old Filly. In addition, the Cartier/Daily Telegraph Award of Merit goes to the person or persons who, in the opinion of the Cartier Jury, has/have done the most for European racing and/or breeding either over their lifetime or within the past 12 months.

European horseracing's top awards are arrived at through three established strands.

Points are earned by horses in Pattern races (30% of the total) and these are combined at the end of season with the opinions of a panel of racing journalists/handicappers (35%) and votes from readers of Racing Post and The Daily Telegraph (35%).

The 30th annual Cartier Racing Awards will be awarded in November 2020.

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