Vintage Royal Ascot shakes up standings for 2015 Cartier Racing Awards

Royal Ascot offers the finest Flat racing to be found and the tremendous performances seen during last week’s five-day spectacular have made a significant impact on the latest standings for the 2015 Cartier Racing Awards.

The 25th 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, November 10.

The Cartier Racing 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.

European horseracing’s top awards are delivered through a tried and tested combination of points earned by horses in Pattern races throughout 2015 (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%).

Gleneagles (128) consolidated his position at the head of both the Cartier Horse Of The Year and the Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt categories in the St James’s Palace Stakes when landing his third consecutive Group One race over a mile in great style. Trained in Ireland by Aidan O’Brien for a Coolmore syndicate, the son of Galileo is going for more Carter Racing Award honours, having been named the Cartier Two-Year-Old Colt in 2014.

A thrilling clash is in prospect between Gleneagles and Solow (104), probably in the £1-million Qatar Sussex Stakes over a mile at Goodwood on July 29. Solow gained his third victory at the top level in the Queen Anne Stakes over the straight mile at Royal Ascot, adding to Group One successes in Dubai and France earlier in 2015. The five-year-old grey son of Singspiel, owned by the Wertheimer brothers and trained in France by Freddy Head, is now a clear second on points for Cartier Horse Of The Year as well as topping the Cartier Older Horse category.

In the Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly division, the lead is shared between QIPCO 1000 Guineas heroine Legatissimo (72) and Ervedya (72), who landed the mile Group One Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot. Trained by Jean Claude Rouget in France for the Aga Khan, Ervedya previously gained Classic success in the Poule d’Essai des Pouliches (French 1,000 Guineas).

There are now three Group One sprints at Royal Ascot – the five-furlong King’s Stand Stakes, the six-furlong Diamond Jubilee Stakes and the new Commonwealth Cup, also staged over six furlongs but restricted to three-year-olds. Goldream (40) captured the King’s Stand Stakes, adding to his previous success in the Group Three Pearl Bloodstock Palace House Stakes at Newmarket in May, and the Robert Cowell-trained gelding narrowly leads the Cartier Sprinter category ahead of impressive Commonwealth Cup hero Muhaarar (32), trained by Charlie Hills for Hamdan Al Maktoum, and Diamond Jubilee Stakes victor Undrafted (32), trained in the USA by Wesley Ward. Limato (32) also shares second spot, having finished runner-up in the Commonwealth Cup after scoring in Group Three company earlier in the season.

The Gold Cup is always one of the highlights of Royal Ascot and this year the Ed Dunlop-trained Trip To Paris (52) came out on top, scoring from an unlucky Kingfisher (24), who endured a torrid run in the closing stages. They lead the way in the Cartier Stayer division ahead of Brown Panther (20), owned by former England international footballer Michael Owen and a Group Two winner in Dubai earlier this year who missed the Gold Cup because of a setback, and Forgotten Rules (20), who lost his unbeaten record when third in the Gold Cup.

Harry Herbert, Cartier’s racing consultant, commented: “Royal Ascot provided us with five of the best days of Flat racing. With victories for horses trained in Europe and America and some gallant performances from Australian-trained contenders, it is truly a global affair.

“Gleneagles has achieved a good early lead for the Cartier Horse Of The Year Award following three consecutive Group One victories and the clash of the different generations in the mile division between him and Solow is a mouth-watering prospect.

“More excellent racing is on the horizon and plenty of points are available in Pattern races for 2015 Cartier Racing Awards’ contenders.”

Cartier Racing Awards – points in Pattern races up to and including Sunday, June 21, 2015

Cartier Horse Of The Year
Gleneagles 128
Solow 104
Al Kazeem 72
Legatissimo 72
Ervedya 72

Cartier Older Horse
Solow 104
Al Kazeem 72
Cirrus Des Aigles 48
Free Eagle 48
Prince Bishop 42

Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt
Gleneagles 128
Golden Horn 64
New Bay 48
Muhaarar 40
Make Believe 36

Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly
Legatissimo 72
Ervedya 72
Qualify 48
Pleascach 48
Queen’s Jewel 40
Star Of Seville 40

Cartier Sprinter
Goldream 40
Limato 32
Muhaarar 32
Undrafted 32
Sole Power 24
Muthmir 24

Cartier Stayer
Trip To Paris 52
Kingfisher 24
Brown Panther 20
Forgotten Rules 20
Snow Sky 16
Bathyrhon 16

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