The Last Lion and Brave Anna have entered calculations for Cartier Racing Awards following courageous Group One victories at Newmarket’s Cambridgeshire meeting.
The Last Lion (62) continued his remarkable level of form this season with a fine all-the-way success in the G1 Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes over six furlongs on 24 September. The son of Choisir is now second on points for Cartier Two-Year-Old Colt to Mehmas(64), who was third in the same race on his final start before retiring to take up stallion duties. Blue Point (40) split the pair at Newmarket.
Trained by Mark Johnston and owned by John Brown & Megan Dennis, The Last Lion has yet to finish out of the frame in 10 appearances, having started out with victory in the first turf race of the season for juveniles, the Brocklesby Stakes, at Doncaster at the start of April.
Ireland’s champion trainer Aidan O’Brien filled in a notable omission in his outstanding CV when taking the G1 Connolly’s Red Mills Cheveley Park Stakes on the same card for the first time with Brave Anna (40), who moves up to third in the battle for the Cartier Two-Year-Old Filly Award.
The daughter of War Front, bred by her owner Evie Stockwell, stayed on gamely to overcome stable companion Roly Poly (48) by a short-head and register her first win since taking the G3 Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot in June.
The American-trained star Lady Aurelia (56) faded to third in the Connolly’s Red Mills Cheveley Park Stakes after setting blistering early fractions. The Wesley Ward-trained daughter of Scat Daddy continues to head the Cartier Two-Year-Old Filly standings, following victories in the G1 Darley Prix Morny at Deauville in August and the G2 Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot.
With the redevelopment of Longchamp, Chantilly hosts one of the highlights of the European Flat season, the Group One Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe this Sunday, 2 October.
The 12-furlong showpiece again looks set to have a significant impact on the year’s Cartier Racing Awards, with the first two in the standings for Cartier Older Horse – Postponed(116) and Found (104) – set to feature among a superb field that may also include leading Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt Harzand (88).
A total of seven G1 races on the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe weekend includes the Qatar Prix de l’Abbaye de Longchamp, important for the Cartier Sprinter category, the Qatar Prix du Cadran, the Qatar Prix de l’Opera-Longines and the Qatar Prix de la Foret.
Sunday’s action also features a pair of G1 contests for two-year-olds – the Qatar Prix JeanLuc Lagardere (Grand Criterium) Sponsored by Al Hazm and the Total Prix Marcel Boussac Criterium des Pouliches.
Harry Herbert, Cartier’s Racing Consultant, commented: “The admirable wins of The Last Lion and Brave Anna during the Cambridgeshire meeting have thrown both the Cartier Two-Year-Old Colt and Cartier Two-Year-Old Filly categories wide open.
“Top-quality meetings come thick and fast and we look forward to another feast of racing this weekend at Chantilly, when the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe takes centre stage.
“The QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot (15th October) is on the horizon and October is so often the key month in deciding the annual Cartier Racing Awards.”
The 26th annual Cartier Racing Awards will be presented at a glittering ceremony before an invited audience of 300 at the Dorchester Hotel, London, England, on the evening of Tuesday, 8th November 2016.
The Cartier Racing Awards were established in 1991 to reward excellence in horseracing. There are eight equine awards, ranging from the Cartier Horse Of The Year to the Cartier Two-Year-Old Colt and Cartier Two-Year-Old Filly.
In addition, the Cartier/Daily Telegraph Award of Merit goes to the person or persons who, in the opinion of the special 16-strong Cartier Jury, has/have done the most for European racing and/or breeding either over their lifetime or within the past 12 months.
European horseracing’s top awards are delivered through a tried and tested combination of points earned by horses in Pattern races (30%), combined at the end of season with the opinions of a panel of racing journalists (35%) and votes from readers of Racing Post and The Daily Telegraph plus Channel 4 Racing viewers (35%).
Cartier Racing Awards – points in Pattern races up to and including Sunday, 25th September 2016
Cartier Horse Of The Year
Galileo Gold 136
The Gurkha 128
Cartier Older Horse
Highland Reel 80
Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt
Galileo Gold 136
The Gurkha 128
Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly
Quiet Reflection 96
Alice Springs 86
La Cressonniere 80
Quiet Reflection 96
Mecca’s Angel 56
Signs Of Blessing 40
Order Of St George 72
Wicklow Brave 40
Harbour Law 32
Cartier Two-Year-Old Colt
The Last Lion 62
Blue Point 40
Cartier Two-Year-Old Filly
Lady Aurelia 56
Roly Poly 48
Brave Anna 40
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