Too Darn Hot and Frankie Dettori

Too Darn Hot emerged as potentially the best of a very strong crop of European juvenile colts with a decisive victory in the Darley Dewhurst Stakes at the weekend and the unbeaten son of Dubawi is now the leading contender for the Cartier-Two-Year-Old Colt Award at this year’s Cartier Racing Awards.

Homebred by Lord and Lady Lloyd Webber’s Watership Down Stud, the Frankie Dettori-ridden Too Darn Hot (56 points) quickened strongly to go clear in the seven-furlong highlight of Dubai Future Champions Festival at Newmarket.

He triumphed in a top-quality field that also included category leader on points, the Martyn Meade-trained Advertise (72), beaten two and three quarter lengths into second, with Coolmore’s Anthony Van Dyck (48), another length and a quarter back in third.

It was a fourth straight win for the John Gosden-trained colt, who had previously gained an equally impressive win in the Howcroft Industrial Supplies Champagne Stakes at Doncaster as well as two wide-margin victories at Sandown Park.

Too Darn Hot’s main challenger for the Cartier-Two-Year-Old Colt is likely to be another son of Dubawi who has yet to taste defeat, Quorto (48), trained for Godolphin by Charlie Appleby, who had Anthony Van Dyck a length and a quarter in arrears when capturing the seven-furlong Goffs Vincent O’Brien National Stakes at the Curragh, Ireland, in September.

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/handicappers (35%) and votes from readers of Racing Post and The Daily Telegraph plus ITV Racing viewers (35%).

The participation of the public plays a crucial role in determining the winners of each year’s Cartier Racing Awards and gives horseracing fans the chance to put forward their favourite horses in a meaningful way. Voting opens on October 24th via www.cartierracingawards.co.uk and closes at noon, UK time, on November 6th.

The 28th Cartier Racing Awards will be presented at a glittering ceremony before an invited audience of up to 300 at the Dorchester Hotel, London, England, on the evening of Tuesday, November 13, 2018.

The longstanding and prestigious 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 to the equine awards, the Cartier/Daily Telegraph Award of Merit goes to the person or persons who, in the opinion of the special 15-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 10 latest recipients have been Sir Michael Stoute, Aidan O’Brien, Jack Berry, Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Jim Bolger, Team Frankel, Barry Hills, Richard Hannon, John Oxx and Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

Further top action at Newmarket’s Dubai Future Champions Festival was provided by the bet365 Fillies’ Mile, in which Ruler Of The World filly Iridessa (32) provided Irish-based trainer Joseph O’Brien with a first British top flight success.

Iridessa boosted the form of current Cartier-Two-Year-Old Filly points’ leader Skitter Scatter (60), trained by Patrick Prendergast, who had Chantal Regalado-Gonzalez’s filly back in fifth when taking the Debutante Stakes at the Curragh in August.

Godolphin’s fine year continued with the international racing operation recording a 25th major victory of 2018 when Benbatl (90) gamely won the Ladbrokes Stakes at Caulfield, Australia, for UK-based trainer Saeed bin Suroor.

The four-year-old is now set to tackle on the world’s best horse Winx in the Cox Plate and victory against the mighty mare will see the Dubawi colt enter calculations for the Cartier Older Horse Award and maybe more.

Enable (56), the 2017 & 2018 Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner, may not figure on the points’ leader-boards but, because of the unique way the Cartier Racing Awards are decided, is in with a chance of Cartier Horse Of The Year and Cartier Older Horse glory. She is also due to be racing again this year – in the Longines Turf at the Breeders’ Cup at Churchill Downs.

Cartier Racing Awards – points earned in Pattern races up to and including Sunday, October 14th, 2018

Cartier Horse Of The Year
Roaring Lion 174
Alpha Centauri 160
Laurens   152
Poet’s Word 140
Stradivarius  112
Recoletos 104
Saxon Warrior 104
Wild Illusion 96
Benbatl   90
Cracksman 88
Sea Of Class 88

Cartier Older Horse
Poet’s Word 140
Recoletos 104
Benbatl   90
Cracksman 88
Lightning Spear 76

Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt
Roaring Lion 174
Saxon Warrior 104
Kew Gardens 84
Masar   68
Flag Of Honour 58

Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly
Alpha Centauri 160
Laurens   152
Wild Illusion 96
Sea Of Class 88
Forever Together 80

Cartier Sprinter
Mabs Cross 68
Battaash 48
Brando   48
Havana Grey 48
Merchant Navy 48

Cartier Stayer
Stradivarius  112
Flag Of Honour 56
Vazirabad 55
Kew Gardens 48
Holdthasigreen 36
Torcedor 36

Cartier Two-Year-Old Colt
Advertise 72
Too Darn Hot 56
Anthony Van Dyck 48
Quorto   48
Ten Sovereigns 40

Cartier Two-Year-Old Filly
Skitter Scatter 60
Pretty Pollyanna 56
Fairyland 50
Signora Cabello 48
Hermosa 32
Iridessa   32
La Pelosa 32
Lily’s Candle 32
So Perfect 32