Cartier Racing Awards
Cartier Racing Awards 2019
Wednesday 5th June
   

Horses owned by two of the powerhouses of global racing, Coolmore and Godolphin, feature heavily among the first points for this year's Cartier Racing Awards, with dual Classic heroine Hermosa currently heading the Cartier Horse Of The Year standings. 
Hermosa (80 points), owned by a Coolmore partnership and trained by Aidan O'Brien in Ireland, holds a significant early advantage following impressive victories over a mile in the G1 QIPCO 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket on May 5 and the G1 Tattersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas at the Curragh on May 26. 
 
The daughter of Galileo could extend the fine recent record of three-year-old fillies crowned Cartier Horse Of The Year, with Treve (2013), Minding (2016) and Enable (2017) all having received the ultimate accolade at the end of their Classic campaigns. 
 
Persian King
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Persian King
 
Coolmore and Godolphin account for five of the six category leaders so far ( two-year-olds points are revealed later in the year), with Persian King (56) leading the battle for the Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt Award following two victories over a mile at Longchamp, France, including a length success in the mile French Classic, the G1 Emirates Poule d'Essai des Poulains on May 12. 
 
The Godolphin colt, trained by Andre Fabre, looks set to revert to a mile after coming home second to Sottsass (32) over an extended 10 furlongs in another French Classic, the G1 QIPCO Prix du Jockey Club at Chantilly on June 2. 
 
Anthony Van Dyck
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Anthony Van Dyck
 
Both could face stern challenges from the Coolmore Classic duo of G1 Investec Derby scorer Anthony Van Dyck (48) and Magna Grecia (48), winner of the QIPCO 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket on May 4. 
 
The Charlie Hills-trained Phoenix Of Spain (32) also announced himself as a Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt contender when storming to victory for owners Tony Wechsler and Ann Plummer in the Irish mile Classic, the G1 Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas, at the Curragh on May 25 - a race in which Magna Grecia was fifth. 
 
Hermosa's early challengers for the Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly Award include Anapurna (48), who gamely captured the fillies' Classic, the G1 Investec Oaks, at Epsom Downs on May 31 for the John Gosden stable, and Godolphin's Castle Lady (40), winner of a thrilling renewal of the French Classic, the G1 Emirates Poule d'Essai des Pouliches, on May 12. 

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Four-year-old filly Magical (56), also representing Coolmore and O'Brien, leads the race to be crowned Cartier Older Horse following an effortless success in the G1 Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh on May 26. 
 
Her nearest pursuers are headed by Godolphin's Dream Castle (42), victorious in the G1 Jebel Hatta Sponsored By Emirates Airline for trainer Saeed bin Suroor at Meydan, UAE, in March, plus two G1 winners this season trained by Roger Varian for Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum - Defoe (40), winner of the G1 Investec Coronation Cup at Epsom Downs on May 31, and Zabeel Prince (40), who captured the G1 Prix d'Ispahan at Longchamp on May 26. 
 
Blue Point (42) sets the early pace in the Cartier Sprinter category with three wins at Meydan for trainer Charlie Appleby, included a blistering display in the G1 Al Quoz Sprint Sponsored By Azizi Developments on March 30. The Godolphin-owned five-year-old is set to bid for a second successive win in the G1 King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot, a meeting that is set to feature a host of top sprinters including Battaash (16), Calyx (16) and Inns Of Court (16). 
 
Royal Ascot will play a pivotal role in the destination of the Cartier Stayer Award, with 12 of the last 14 recipients of the accolade having won the staying showpiece of the meeting, the G1 Gold Cup, earlier in the season. 
 
Stradivarius (16) won last year's Gold Cup before taking the Cartier Stayer crown and Bjorn Nielsen's five-year-old warmed up for a repeat bid by taking the G2 Matchbook Yorkshire Cup Stakes at York on May 17. 
 
He faces a stiff test at Royal Ascot this year, with category leader Called To The Bar (18), Dee Ex Bee (16) and 2018 G1 Lexus Melbourne Cup hero Cross Counter (12) all ready to take on the champion stayer for the first time.

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Cartier Racing Awards - points earned in Pattern races up to and including Sunday, June 2, 2019
 
Cartier Horse Of The Year
Hermosa 80
Magical 56
Persian King 56
Anapurna 48
Anthony Van Dyck 48
Magna Grecia 48
Blue Point 42
Dream Castle 42
Castle Lady 40
Defoe 40
Zabeel Prince 40
 
Cartier Older Horse 
Magical 56
Dream Castle 42
Defoe 40
Zabeel Prince 40
Old Persian 36
Thunder Snow 36
 
Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt
Persian King 56
Anthony Van Dyck 48
Magna Grecia 48
Phoenix Of Spain 32
Sottsass 32
 
Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly
Hermosa 80
Anapurna 48
Castle Lady 40
Lady Kaya 32
Siyarafina 32
 
Cartier Sprinter
Blue Point 42
Battaash 16
Calyx 16
Hello Youmzain 16
Inns Of Court 16
Invincible Army 16
Mr Lupton 16
Sestilio Jet 16
 
Cartier Stayer
Called To The Bar 18
Dee Ex Bee 16
Stradivarius 16
Cross Counter 12
Ispolini 12
Raa Atoll 12
Way To Paris 12

2018 - CARTIER RACING AWARDS
Cartier Two-Year-Old Colt: Too Darn Hot
Cartier Two-Year-Old Filly: Skitter Scatter
Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt: Roaring Lion 
Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly: Alpha Centauri
Cartier Sprinter: Mabs Cross
Cartier Stayer: Stradivarius 
Cartier Older Horse: Enable
Cartier Horse of the Year: Roaring Lion owned by Qatar Racing Limited 
Cartier/Daily Telegraph Award of Merit: David Oldrey

Past winners at the Cartier Racing Awards