Britain’s richest day of racing, QIPCO British Champions Day, was held at Ascot on Saturday, 18th October and has had a significant impact on the standings for the 2014 Cartier Racing Awards.

The Cartier Racing Awards honour the champions of European horseracing and will be announced before an invited audience of 300 on the evening of Tuesday, 11th November, 2014.

European horseracing’s equivalent of the Oscars are delivered through a tried and tested combination of points earned by horses in Pattern races throughout 2014 (40%), combined at the end of season with the opinions of a panel of racing journalists (30%) and votes from readers of Racing Post and The Daily Telegraph plus Channel 4 Racing viewers (30%).

Voting for the public commenced Wednesday, 22nd October, via the internet sites of Racing Post, The Daily Telegraph and Channel 4 Racing, and closes at noon on Tuesday, 4th November. There are also coupons in Racing Post and The Daily Telegraph for postal votes.

Channel 4 Racing joined The Daily Telegraph and Racing Post as media partners of the Cartier Racing Awards towards the end of the last year.

The Cartier Awards were established in 1991 to reward excellence in horseracing. In addition to the eight equine awards, the Cartier/Daily Telegraph Award of Merit goes to the person or persons who, in the opinion of the special 17-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 outstanding Frankel was crowned Cartier Horse of the Year in both 2011 and 2012. His full-brother Noble Mission (138 points) is making a bold bid to follow in his sibling’s footsteps, having secured his third Group One success of 2014 in the £1.3 million QIPCO Champion Stakes at Ascot. Like Frankel, Noble Mission is owned by Khalid Abdullah. He is trained by Lady Jane Cecil, widow of Frankel’s trainer Sir Henry Cecil, and ridden by James Doyle.

Noble Mission currently lies third in the Cartier Horse Of The Year points’ standings, behind the three-year-old colts Kingman (208) and Australia (164), who have both been retired to stud. The Cartier Horse Of The Year accolade has become more difficult predict, thanks to stunning recent performances from Treve (84), winning the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe for the second year running, and Noble Mission.

The five-year-old has taken the lead on points in the Cartier Older Horse category, which Frankel won in 2012, ahead of Cirrus Des Aigles (124), a disappointing fifth in the QIPCO Champion Stakes, and Integral (92), while Treve is not far behind.

The votes of the public (30%) and the journalist panel (30%) will be crucial in deciding the winners.

Kingman and Australia continue in front in the Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt category,though Charm Spirit (128), trained in France by Freddy Head, is now to up to third place in this division following his victory over Night Of Thunder (108) in the mile £1-million Group One Queen Elizabeth II Stakes sponsored by QIPCO at Ascot on Saturday.

There is no change at the top in the Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly category, which continues to be headed by Taghrooda (124), who has a healthy advantage over Avenir Certain and Miss France (both 80).

Slade Power and Sole Power remain out in front in the Cartier Sprinter category, with the Edward Lynam-trained pair both on 72 points. Gordon Lord Byron (36) moves into fourth place following his success in the Group Two QIPCO British Champions Sprint at Ascot.

Leading Light, triumphant in the Group One Gold Cup at Royal Ascot, is likely to be retired following an injury sustained in the Group Two QIPCO British Champions Long Distance Cup. The Aidan O’Brien-trained four-year-old still leads the way in the Cartier Stayer division with 80 points, just ahead of Brown Panther (72), who had to be withdrawn from Sunday’s Canadian International at Woodbine after bolting and unseating his rider going to the start.

Newmarket was the venue for Dubai Future Champions Day on Friday, 17th October, with three Group One contests for juveniles taking centre stage. The colts Charming Thought (32) and Belardo (32) both gained their first Pattern race victories when successful in the Middle Park Stakes and Dubai Dewhurst Stakes respectively. The Aidan O’Brien-trained Gleneagles (64) sidestepped Newmarket but heads the Cartier Two-Year-Old Colt category following three Pattern successes including the Group One Goffs Vincent O’Brien National Stakes.

Together Forever (32) was on the mark for Aidan O’Brien in the Group One Dubai Fillies’ Mile, getting the better of Agnes Stewart (36). Tiggy Wiggy (56) remains the leader in the Cartier Two-Year-Old Filly category following five victories this season, headed by the Group One Connolly’s Red Mills Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket in September, followed by Cursory Glance (48).

Harry Herbert, Cartier’s Racing Consultant, commented: “Noble Mission’s thrilling victory at Ascot on QIPCO British Champions Day was one of the stories of the season and makes for a fascinating battle for Cartier Horse Of The Year and Cartier Older Horse.

“Public voting is open and readers of the Racing Post and The Daily Telegraph plus viewers of Channel 4 can all participate.

“I would encourage people to get involved as every vote will be significant in deciding tightly-contested Cartier Racing Awards.

“The season is drawing to close in Europe and the final British Group One is the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster on Saturday (25th October), while performances in the Breeders’ Cup races and Emirates Melbourne Cup will also help determine the 2014 Cartier champions.”

Cartier Racing Awards – Points in Pattern races up to and including Sunday, 19th October, 2014

Cartier Horse Of The Year
Kingman 208
Australia 164
Noble Mission 138
Charm Spirit 128
Cirrus Des Aigles 124
Taghrooda 124
The Grey Gatsby 124
Night Of Thunder 108
Integral 92
Toronado 88
Mukhadram 84
Treve 84

Cartier Older Horse
Noble Mission 138
Cirrus Des Aigles 124
Integral 92
Toronado 88
Mukhadram 84
Treve 84
Olympic Glory 76
Magician 60
Telescope 60
African Story 54

Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt
Kingman 208
Australia 164
Charm Spirit 128
The Grey Gatsby 124
Night Of Thunder 108
Adelaide 64
Kingston Hill 56
Prince Gibraltar 44
Gallante 38
Karakontie 36

Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly
Taghrooda 124
Avenir Certain 80
Miss France 80
Rizeena 64
Bracelet 56
Tapestry 48
Tarfasha 48
Lightning Thunder 40
Vazira 40
Madame Chiang 40

Cartier Sprinter
Slade Power 72
Sole Power 72
Stepper Point 42
Gordon Lord Byron 36
Move In Time 36
Garswood 32
G Force 32
Rangali 32
Extortionist 28
Hot Streak 26

Cartier Stayer
Leading Light 80
Brown Panther 72
High Jinx 38
Kingston Hill 32
Missunited 32
Cavalryman 26
Fly With Me 26
Pale Mimosa 26
Estimate 24
Bathyron 24

Cartier Two-Year-Old Colt
Gleneagles 64
Kool Kompany 48
The Wow Signal 48
Ivawood 48
Dick Whittington 40
Full Mast 40
Estidhkaar 32
Charming Thought 32
Belardo 32
Muhaarar 28

Cartier Two-Year-Old Filly
Tiggy Wiggy 56
Cursory Glance 48
Lucida 40
Found 40
Anthem Alexander 36
Agnes Stewart 36
Ervedya 32
Together Forever 32
High Celebrity 24
Peace And War 24

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