Cartier Racing Awards
Cartier Racing Awards 2021
Wednesday 9th June
   

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Classic Winners Star Among Early Contenders

With the European Flat racing season firmly up and running, the first points update for the 31st Cartier Racing Awards is announced today with dual Classic winner St Mark’s Basilica among three early season leaders heading the Cartier Horse Of The Year standings. 

There is currently a three-way tie at the top of the Cartier Horse of the Year standings with Classic winners Mother Earth, Poetic Flare and St Mark’s Basilica, who all have 64 points. 

Poetic Flare captured the G1 QIPCO 2000 Guineas at Newmarket on May 1 to kickstart a glorious month for his 79-year-old breeder/trainer Jim Bolger. The colt, who runs in the colours of Bolger’s wife Jackie, went on to finish sixth in the G1 Emirates Poule d'Essai des Poulains before going down by a short-head to another Bolger-trained homebred, Mac Swiney (32), in the G1 Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas at the Curragh on May 22. 

The Aidan O’Brien-trained Mother Earth provided the Coolmore partnership of Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith with a remarkable sixth G1 QIPCO 1000 Guineas in the space of seven years at Newmarket on May 2.

St Mark’s Basilica, also trained by O’Brien for a Coolmore partnership, has already established himself as one of the stars of 2021 with victories in the G1 Emirates Poule d'Essai des Poulains at Longchamp on May 16 and the G1 Qatar Prix du Jockey Club at Chantilly on June 6.

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Skalleti (56) leads the Cartier Older Horse standings having completed a hat-trick of Group-race victories for trainer Jerome Reynier and owner Jean-Claude Seroul with a swooping win in the G1 Prix d’Ispahan at Longchamp on May 30. Last season’s Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt Palace Pier (48), trained by John & Thady Gosden for Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, recorded a third G1 success of his career with a dominant display in the Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes at Newbury on May 15. BroomeHelvic DreamMare Australis and Pyledriver also feature among the contenders in the same category with 40 points each. 

Poetic Flare (64) and St Mark’s Basilica (64) lead the Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt category ahead of Godolphin’s Adayar (52), who captured the G1 Cazoo Derby under Adam Kirby at Epsom Downs on June 4. 

Mother Earth’s stable companion Snowfall (56) is another strong contender for Aidan O’Brien in the Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly division following a sensational 16-length victory in the G1 Cazoo Oaks on June 4, the biggest winning distance in the Classic’s history. G1 Coolmore Prix Saint-Alary heroine Incarville is next on 40 points.

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The early pace in the Cartier Sprinter category is set by the David Evans-trained Rohaan, who has already run seven times in 2021 and recorded the biggest success of his career in the G2 Casumo Sandy Lane Stakes at Haydock on May 21. Final Song is next on 18 points ahead of five horses all on 16 points – Gustavus WestonLiberty BeachPradaroStarman and Suesa.

Skazino (24), owned by Le Haras de la Gousserie, tops the Cartier Stayer standings following Longchamp victories for trainer Cedric Rossi in the G3 Prix de Barbeville and G2 Prix Vicomtesse Vigier. 
 
Baron Samedi (20) has won his last seven races for Joseph O’Brien, culminating with success in the G2 Belmont Gold Cup in America on June 4. G2 Matchbook Yorkshire Cup hero Spanish Mission (16) also features among the initial front-runners.
 
Royal Ascot will play a pivotal role in the destination of the Cartier Stayer Award, with 13 of the last 15 recipients having won the staying showpiece of the meeting, the G1 Gold Cup, earlier in the season. 
 
Stradivarius (8), who made an impressive return to action in the G3 Longines Sagaro Stakes, is looking to emulate Yeats with an historic fourth Gold Cup and Bjorn Nielsen’s homebred will also be aiming to secure the Cartier Stayer prize for a fourth successive year.

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Cartier Racing Awards
Points earned in Pattern races up to and including Sunday, June 6, 2021
 
Cartier Horse Of The Year
Mother Earth 64
Poetic Flare 64
St Mark's Basilica 64
Skalleti 56
Snowfall 56
Adayar 52
Palace Pier 48
Broome 40
Helvic Dream 40
Incarville 40
Mare Australis 40
Pyledriver 40

Cartier Older Horse
Skalleti 56
Palace Pier 48
Broome 40
Helvic Dream 40
Mare Australis 40
Pyledriver 40

Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt
Poetic Flare 64
St Mark's Basilica 64
Adayar 52
Mac Swiney 32
Master Of The Seas 32

Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly
Mother Earth 64
Snowfall 56
Incarville 40
Coeursamba 32
Empress Josephine 32

Cartier Sprinter
Rohaan 24
Final Song 18
Gustavus Weston 16
Liberty Beach 16
Pradaro 16
Starman 16
Suesa 16
 
Cartier Stayer
Skazino 24
Baron Samedi 20
Spanish Mission 16
Rip Van Lips 12
Subjectivist 12

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