Postponed Image reproduced with the kind permission of York Racecourse

Image reproduced with the kind permission of York Racecourse

An action-packed August has seen high-quality Flat racing at York and Deauville, bringing with it a significant impact on the standings for the 2016 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, November 8, 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%).

Undoubtedly the star of the show at York’s four-day Welcome To Yorkshire Ebor Festival was Postponed (116) who recorded his fourth consecutive victory of 2016 in the G1 Juddmonte International on August 17 – three G1s and a G2. Postponed, successful in the Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Cup Sponsored by Investec and the Dubai Sheema Classic Presented by Longines accounted for the G1 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes Sponsored by QIPCO victor Highland Reel (80) by a length and a quarter at York, where he gained the fourth G1 success of his career.

Postponed leads the way in the Cartier Older Horse category and could lay down a strong challenge in the race to be crowned Cartier Horse Of The Year, with the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe the big autumn target for the five-year-old, who is owned by Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum and trained in Newmarket by Roger Varian.

Star three-year-old filly Minding (176), trained like Highland Reel by Aidan O’Brien for a Coolmore partnership, continues to lead the overall standings for both Cartier Horse Of The Year and Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly.

The strongest challenge in the Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly division may come from her stablemate Seventh Heaven (64), winner of the G1 Darley Yorkshire Oaks last week and previously the G1 Darley Irish Oaks.

In the Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt category, G1 QIPCO 2000 Guineas and St James’s Palace Stakes hero Galileo Gold (136) is still ahead of his old foe The Gurkha (128), who is now out for the rest of the season, with dual Derby victor Harzand (88) in third. Godolphin’s Ribchester (80), trained by Richard Fahey, has improved as 2016 has gone on and put up the best performance of his career when taking the G1 Prix Du Haras De Fresnay Le Buffard – Jacques Le Marois, in which Galileo Gold finished eighth, at Deauville on August 14.

Mecca’s Angel (56) captured the G1 Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes over five furlongs at York for the second consecutive year on August 19, when she defeated Limato (48) impressively by two lengths. The five-year-old mare has moved up into joint-second place in the Cartier Sprinter division behind Quiet Reflection (64).

Order Of St George (56), successful in the G1 Gold Cup at Royal Ascot in June, returned to action with a smooth success in the G3 Palmerstown House Estate Irish St Leger Trial at the Curragh on August 20. He holds the advantage in the Cartier Stayer category and is likely to attempt a repeat victory in the G1 Palmerstown House Estate Irish St. Leger at the Curragh on September 10 on his next outing.

Points are issued for the first time this year in both the Cartier Two-Year-Old Colt and Cartier Two-Year-Old Filly divisions.

Caravaggio (48) is the latest star to emerge from Ballydoyle and followed up victory in the G2 Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot by taking the first juvenile G1 contest of the European season, the Keeneland Phoenix Stakes, at the Curragh on August 7. The unbeaten son of Scat Daddy heads the Cartier Two-Year-Old Colt category ahead of Mehmas (40), who was second in the Coventry Stakes before going on to G2 victories at Newmarket and Goodwood.

Lady Aurelia (48) put up the most dazzling display of Royal Ascot when running away with the five-furlong G2 Queen Mary Stakes by a breathtaking seven lengths. Another offspring of Scat Daddy and trained in the USA by Wesley Ward, she stepped up in both class and distance to land the G1 Darley Prix Morny over six furlongs at Deauville on August 21. Lady Aurelia heads the Cartier Two-Year-Old Filly division, ahead of G2 scorerRoly Poly (32) and Alrahma (24), who was runner-up in the Prix Morny.

Harry Herbert, Cartier’s Racing Consultant, commented: “It has been a tremendous August with fabulous action at both York and Deauville.

“In particular, Postponed’s victory in the Juddmonte International has shown him to be one of the very best middle-distance horses of recent times.

“The big autumn contests will soon be upon us and there is still much to be decided on the racecourse before the 2016 Cartier Racing Awards are announced.”

Cartier Racing Awards – points in Pattern races up to and including Sunday, August 21, 2016

Cartier Horse Of The Year
Minding – 176
Galileo Gold – 136
The Gurkha – 128
Postponed – 116
Harzand – 88

Cartier Older Horse
Postponed – 116
Found – 80
Highland Reel – 80
Dariyan – 70
Silverwave 64

Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt
Galileo Gold – 136
The Gurkha – 128
Harzand – 88
Ribchester – 80
Almanzor – 58

Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly
Minding – 176
Qemah – 80
La Cressonniere – 64
Quiet Reflection – 64
Seventh Heaven – 64

Cartier Sprinter
Quiet Reflection – 64
Profitable – 56
Mecca’s Angel – 56
Limato – 48
Signs Of Blessing – 40

Cartier Stayer
Order Of St George – 56
Mizzou – 32
Vazirabad – 28
Candarliya – 28
Pallasator – 24

Cartier Two-Year-Old Colt
Caravaggio – 48
Mehmas – 40
Medicine Jack – 24
War Decree – 24
Peace Envoy – 24
Blue Point – 24
Churchill – 24

Cartier Two-Year-Old Filly
Lady Aurelia – 48
Roly Poly – 32
Alrahma – 24
Queen Kindly – 18
Rhododendron – 16