Kingman heads Cartier 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, November 11.
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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%).
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.
Kingman (208 points) gained a fourth Group One victory this year in the Prix du Haras de Fresnay-Le-Buffard - Jacques le Marois at Deauville on August 17. It was another impressive success for the Khalid Abdullah-owned, John Gosden-trained and James Doyle-ridden three-year-old son of Invincible Spirit.
Despite Australia's decisive win in the Juddmonte International last week, Kingman holds a decent lead - 208 to 140 - over his Irish-trained rival in the battle for the Cartier Horse Of The Year and the Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt Awards.
The Galileo colt Australia, owned by a Coolmore partnership, trained by Aidan O'Brien and partnered by Joseph O'Brien, enjoyed his third Group One triumph this year at York, over an extended 10 furlongs, after two Classic victories at 12 furlongs in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby and the Investec Derby.
Two other horses have over 100 points in the Cartier Racing Awards' standings - the sidelined Cirrus Des Aigles (124), who might make a comeback in the Prix Dollar, and Taghrooda (112), a shock half-length second to Tapestry (48) in the Group One Darley Yorkshire Oaks on August 21.
Cirrus Des Aigles, trained in France by Corine Barande-Barbe, still leads the way, ahead of Mukhadram (84), Noble Mission (74) and Toronado (70), in the race for the Cartier Older Horse Award.
Taghrooda, owned by Hamdan Al Maktoum, trained by Gosden and ridden by Paul Hanagan, may have lost her unbeaten record in the York contest but she heads the Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly standings from dual Classic winner Avenir Certain (80) and Miss France (64).
Two-year-olds get a look-in for the first time this year and it is tight at the top in both the Cartier Two-Year-Old Colt and the Cartier Two-Year-Old Filly.
The Richard Hannon-trained Kool Kompany and John Quinn's The Wow Signal, who beat Royal Ascot winner Hootenanny (16) in the Group One Prix Morny at Deauville on August 24, share the lead on 48 points in the former, with Dick Whittington (40) and Ivawood (32) following. Tiggy Wiggy (24), another Hannon-trained juvenile, has a narrow lead over Anthem Alexander (20) in the latter.
Stable companions Sole Power (72), successful in last week's Group One Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes at York, and Slade Power (72) again share the lead and dominate the Cartier Sprint category. Trained by Edward Lynam in Ireland, the two amazing sprinters, aged seven and five respectively, are making 2014 a year to remember for owners, the Power family, with two Group Ones apiece.
Gold Cup hero Leading Light (64) is steadily drawing clear in the standings for the Cartier Stayer Award, consolidating his lead with success in the Group Three Palmerstown House Estate Irish St Leger Trial Stakes at the Curragh on August 24.
Harry Herbert, Cartier's Racing Consultant, said: "The Cartier Horse Of The Year Award could now be a straight fight between Kingman and Australia, but there is still plenty of the season to go.
"As we saw at York's Ebor Festival, shocks do occur and it is too early to be sure of the winners in all the Cartier Racing Awards.
"So we head into September with everything to play for, not least in the Cartier Two-Year-Old Colt and Cartier Two-Year-Old Filly categories."