Cartier Racing Awards
Cartier Racing Awards 2018
Wednesday 6th June
   

Masar and Cracksman, successful in two of the G1 highlights at this year's Investec Derby Festival at Epsom Downs Racecourse, head the early standings in the race to be crowned Cartier Horse Of The Year. 

Masar
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Masar

 
Masar (68 points) stormed to a decisive victory in Britain's premier Classic and richest race, the £1.5-million G1 Investec Derby over a mile and a half at Epsom Downs on June 2.
 
It was a performance that saw the Godolphin colt, trained by Charlie Appleby in Newmarket, leap to the top of both the Cartier Horse Of The Year and Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt categories. 
 
The son of 2008 Investec Derby winner New Approach (the 2008 Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt Award Winner) was previously third in Newmarket's G1 QIPCO 2000 Guineas over a mile on May 5, but reversed the form with his Newmarket conqueror Saxon Warrior (48), trained by Aidan O'Brien for a Coolmore partnership, who lost his unbeaten record at Epsom Downs when coming home fourth as the 4/5 favourite. 
 
The last Cartier Horse Of The Year to win the Investec Derby was Golden Horn in 2015.

Study Of Man (48), owned by the Niarchos family's Flaxman Stables, also enjoyed Classic glory over the weekend with a game half-length success in the G1 QIPCO Prix du Jockey Club at Chantilly, France, on June 3. The three-year-old son of Japanese super-sire Deep Impact provided trainer Pascal Bary with his sixth victory in the French Classic since 1994. 

Cracksman
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Cracksman
 
Cracksman (64), Europe's top-rated horse in training and recipient of the Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt Award last year, maintained his unbeaten start to 2018 with a hard-fought head verdict in the G1 Investec Coronation Cup at Epsom Downs on June 2. 
 
The four-year-old Frankel colt, trained by John Gosden for his owner/breeder Anthony Oppenheimer, made an impressive return to action when easily taking the G1 Prix Ganay at the re-developed Longchamp, France, on April 29. 
 
Other early rivals in the Cartier Older Horse standings include Recoletos (48), successful in the G1 Churchill Coolmore Prix d'Ispahan at Longchamp on May 27, plus two Godolphin horses trained by Saeed bin Suroor who both enjoyed major victories on Dubai World Cup Night at Meydan, UAE. 
 

Benbatl (48) stormed to a decisive success in the G1 Dubai Turf Sponsored By DP World, while Thunder Snow (54) routed his opposition in the G1 Dubai World Cup Sponsored By Emirates Airline under an inspired front-running ride from Christophe Soumillon. 

Billesdon Brook
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Billesdon Brook
 
Laurens (56), owned by John Dance and trained by Karl Burke, holds the lead in the Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly category. The daughter of Siyouni finished second to Richard Hannon-trained Billesdon Brook (48) in the G1 QIPCO 1000 Guineas at Newmarket on May 6 before annexing the G1 The Gurkha Coolmore Prix Saint-Alary at Longchamp on May 27. 
 
G1 Investec Oaks heroine Forever Together (48), G1 Tattersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas scorer Alpha Centauri (32) and Teppal (32), successful in the G1 Emirates Poule d'Essai des Pouliches, also feature highly in the same division. 
 

The two most recent Cartier Horse Of The Year have been three-year-old fillies - Enable in 2017 and Minding in 2016.

Sands Of Mali
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Sands Of Mali
 
G1 Al Quoz Sprint Sponsored By Azizi Developments winner Jungle Cat (24), representing Masar's owner/trainer combination of Godolphin and Charlie Appleby, is joint-top in the Cartier Sprinter standings alongside the Cool Silk Partnership's Sands Of Mali (24), successful for trainer Richard Fahey in the G2 Armstrong Aggregates Sandy Lane Stakes at Haydock Park on May 26. 
 
Both horses look set to face stiff challenges over the coming months, with last year's Cartier Sprinter Harry Angel (16) and Battaash (16), the world's highest-rated horse over five furlongs in 2017, both having made winning starts to their respective 2018 campaigns. 
 
Vazirabad (31), owned by the Aga Khan and trained by Alain de Royer-Dupre, holds a significant advantage in the race to be crowned Cartier Stayer following G2 victories at Meydan and Longchamp, ahead of G2 Mansionbet Yorkshire Cup victor Stradivarius(16). 
 
The duo are set to clash in the G1 Gold Cup at Royal Ascot, a race that is also set to feature Order Of St George (8), the Cartier Stayer Award winner in both 2016 and 2017. 

Cartier Racing Awards - points earned in Pattern races up to and including Sunday, June 3, 2018
 
Cartier Horse Of The Year
Masar   68
Cracksman 64
Laurens   56
Benbatl   54
Thunder Snow 54
Study Of Man 52
Billesdon Brook 48
Forever Together 48
Recoletos 48
Saxon Warrior 48
 
Cartier Older Horse 
Cracksman 64
Benbatl   54
Thunder Snow 54
Recoletos 48
Lancaster Bomber 40
 
Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt
Masar   68
Study Of Man 52
Saxon Warrior 48
Olmedo   36
Romanised 32
 
Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly
Laurens   56
Billesdon Brook 48
Forever Together 48
Alpha Centauri 32
Teppal   32
 
Cartier Sprinter
Jungle Cat 24
Sands Of Mali 24
Battaash 16
Brando   16
Finsbury Square 16
Harry Angel 16
Invincible Army 16
Merchant Navy 16
 
Cartier Stayer
Vazirabad 31
Stradivarius  16
Desert Skyline 10
Rare Rhythm 9
Funny Kid 8
Idaho   8
Magic Circle 8
Marmelo 8
Order Of St George 8
Torcedor 8

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