The Aidan O’Brien-trained colt boasts 160 points having recorded his fourth G1 victory of the season when getting the better of Tarnawa
and Poetic Flare
in a thrilling battle at Leopardstown on September 11.
St Mark’s Basilica had already enjoyed G1 success this year in the Emirates Poule d’Essai des Poulains, Qatar Prix du Jockey Club and Coral-Eclipse
Jim Bolger’s homebred Poetic Flare finished a creditable third at Leopardstown and the dual G1 winner is hot on the heels of St Mark’s Basilica with 156 points.
Other leading Cartier Horse Of The Year contenders include Palace Pier
(144) who cemented his status as the world’s best miler when defeating Poetic Flare in the G1 Prix du Haras de Fresnay-le-Buffard Jacques le Marois at Deauville on August 15.
English and Irish Oaks
has 136 points but suffered a shock defeat in the G1 Qatar Prix Vermeille at Longchamp on September 14 as she finished second to the Roger Varian-trained Teona.
(144) also leads the way in the Cartier Older Horse standings ahead of Mishriff
(108). The Aidan O’Brien-trained Broome
has 88 points having finished second in the G2 Qatar Prix Foy on Arc Trials day at Longchamp, a contest which saw Jerome Reynier’s Skalleti
(80) finish fourth. Love
(80), who was runner-up in the G2 Moyglare “Jewels” Blandford Stakes at the Curragh on September 12, also has 80 points.
St Mark’s Basilica
(160) is a narrow leader over Poetic Flare
in the Cartier Three-Year-Old category. Hurricane Lane
(144) and Adayar
(100) are also challenging for the award and the duo could clash in the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe
at Longchamp on Sunday, October 3.
Aidan O’Brien holds a strong hand in the Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly category with four of the top five contenders. Snowfall
leads the race with 136 points, ahead of Mother Earth
on 128, with the Andrew Balding-trained Alcohol Free
on 96 points. O’Brien is also responsible for Joan Of Arc
(64), who finished seventh in the G1 Qatar Prix Vermeille last time out and Santa Barbara
(64), an easy winner of two G1 events in America this summer.
The Cartier Sprinter Award is headed by the Ed Walker-trained Starman
on 64 points. The four-year-old landed the G1 Darley July Cup
earlier this season and finished a short-head second on his latest start to Emaraaty Ana
(52) in the G1 Betfair Sprint Cup
at Haydock on September 4.
Dragon Symbol (56) is still chasing a first G1 success but continues to run well in defeat and took fourth in the G1 Derrinstown Stud Flying Five Stakes at the Curragh on September 12 - a race won by the Eddie Lynam-trained Romantic Proposal (40).
(60) remains the leader in the Cartier Stayer division following his success in the G1 Gold Cup at Royal Ascot
. Godolphin’s Hurricane Lane
has 48 points in this division following his Cazoo St Leger victory at Doncaster, ahead of Cedric Rossi’s Skazino
Meanwhile, the Richard Fahey-trained Perfect Power
(48), followed up success in the G2 Norfolk Stakes
at Royal Ascot with a smart victory in the G1 Darley Prix Morny at Deauville in August.
The Joseph O’Brien-trained Agartha (40) tops the Cartier Two-Year-Old category following a second-placed finish to Jessica Harrington’s Discoveries
(36) in the G1 Moyglare Stud Stakes
at the Curragh on September 11.