Cork Racing: Favourite for the Cartier award is Pinatubo

Cork Racing: Favourite for the Cartier award is Pinatubo
Pinatubo winning the Qatar Prix Jean Prat from Lope Y Fernandez recently. Picture: Healy Racing.

PINATUBO, winner of the Cartier ‘two-year-old colt’ award in 2019, heads the standings for the ‘three-year-old colt’ award, following his recent victory in the G1 Qatar Prix Jean Prat, at Deauville.

The Cartier Racing Awards were established in 1991. There are eight equine awards: The Cartier ‘horse of the year,’ the Cartier ‘older horse,’ the Cartier ‘sprinter,’ the Cartier ‘stayer,’ the Cartier ‘three-year-old colt,’ the Cartier ‘three-year-old filly,’ the Cartier ‘two-year-old colt’, and the 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 16-strong Cartier jury, has/have done the most for European racing and/or breeding, either over their career or within the past 12 months.

The 10 most recent recipients have included Irish winners: The brilliant and recently retired Pat Smullen, David Oldrey, Sir Michael Stoute, the master of Ballydoyle Aidan O’Brien, Jack Berry, Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the hugely successful trainer Jim Bolger, Team Frankel, Barry Hills, and Richard Hannon Sr.

The 30th annual Cartier Racing Awards will be awarded in November. Shamardal colt Pinatubo (56 points) went through 2019 unbeaten in six outings, culminating with G1 victories at the Curragh and Newmarket. The Charlie Appleby-handled colt began this term with placed efforts in the G1 QIPCO 2000 Guineas, at Newmarket, and at Royal Ascot, in the G1 St James’s Palace Stakes, before a third career success at G1 level in the Qatar Prix Jean Prat. His closest pursuer in the Cartier ‘three-year-old colt’ category is Santiago (48), who was victorious in the G2 Queen’s Vase, at Royal Ascot, before winning the G1 Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby.

Pinatubo also enters the reckoning for Cartier ‘horse of the year,’ with the standings led by the classy Way To Paris (72), who has won at G1 and G2 level already this year. Way To Paris, owned by Paolo Ferrario and trained by Andrea Marcialis, also leads in the Cartier ‘older horse’ category. A significant mover in both the Cartier ‘horse of the year’ and Cartier ‘older horse’ standings is Nazeef (48), trained by John Gosden for Hamdan Al Maktoum. A daughter of Invincible Spirit, Nazeef has been successful in all three of her starts this season. Her latest success was her best yet: She landed the G1 Tattersalls Falmouth Stakes on July 10, one of the highlights of Newmarket’s Moët & Chandon July Festival.

Also successful at the three-day meeting was Oxted (40), who gifted trainer, Roger Teal, a first G1 success in the six-furlong G1 Darley July Cup. The four-year-old Mayson gelding progressed through handicap company last term and won the G3 Betway Abernant Stakes on his return to racecourse action, at Newmarket last month.

Oxted currently heads the Cartier ‘sprinter’ category, alongside Golden Horde (40), winner of the G1 Commonwealth Cup, at Royal Ascot, and third behind Oxted at Newmarket.

The popular filly Love (64) maintains her clear lead in the Cartier ‘three-year-old filly’ category, following her Classic victories in the G1 QIPCO 1000 Guineas and G1 Investec Oaks. The Galileo filly, trained by Aidan O’Brien at Ballydoyle, for a Coolmore syndicate, is set to head to York next month, for the G1 Darley Yorkshire Oaks.

The story is similar in the Cartier ‘stayer’ division, where Stradivarius (32), who was crowned Cartier ‘stayer’ in 2018 and 2019, continues to lead the overall standings. Trained by John Gosden, Stradivarius bagged his third consecutive success in the G1 Gold Cup, at Royal Ascot, and is expected to attempt for a fourth win the G1 Qatar Goodwood Cup next week.

It was confirmed midweek, by the Longines Irish Champions Weekend Committee, that September’s Irish Champion Weekend will take place behind closed doors.

The weekend takes place at Leopardstown on Saturday, September 12, featuring the Irish Champion Stakes and the Matron Stakes, and The Curragh on Sunday, September 13, with four Group 1 races, including The Comer Group International Irish St Leger.

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