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Enable – A Glorious Cartier Double?

Arc victory could swing it

Enable gained a thrilling second consecutive victory in the Gr1 Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp, France, on Sunday and the brilliant filly may now create another piece of history by becoming the third horse to be crowned the Cartier Horse Of The Year twice.

Frankel

Frankel – dual Cartier star

Only Ouija Board (2004 & 2006) and Frankel (2011 & 2012) have received this premier equine accolade more than once, but the John Gosden-trained four-year-old could join such illustrious company following her short-neck verdict over Sea Of Class in Europe’s leading middle-distance and richest contest.

Victory at Longchamp saw Enable, out with injury for most of the year, move up to 56 points in the Cartier Horse Of The Year and the Cartier Older Horse standings, but the daughter of Nathaniel, homebred by owner Khalid Abdullah, holds leading chances in both categories due to the unique nature of the Cartier Racing Awards.

 

Gosden has trained three of the past four winners of the Cartier Horse Of The Year Award, thanks to Kingman (2014) and Golden Horn (2015) joining Enable on the roll of honour.

The Newmarket handler is mounting another formidable challenge this year, with current category leader Roaring Lion (174), plus Stradivarius (112) and Cracksman (88), who are all due to run on QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot on October 20, also in the mix with Enable. Stradivarius has dominated the 2018 Cartier Stayer Award standings throughout the year.

John Gosden (photo: Investec)

John Gosden (photo: Investec)

Gosden could yet have a leading candidate for Cartier Two-Year-Old Colt as well with the unbeaten Too Darn Hot (24) set to participate for owner/breeder Lord Lloyd-Webber in the G1 Darley Dewhurst Stakes – a race that could also feature Advertise (56), Anthony Van Dyck (40) and Ten Sovereigns (40) – at Newmarket on October 13.

A superb weekend of racing across Europe last weekend saw a host of excellent performances including Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly contender Laurens (152), who annexed her fourth Gr1 of 2018 with another typically tough display in the Kingdom Of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket on October 6.

Trained by Karl Burke in Yorkshire, the John Dance-owned Laurens is due to challenge for Breeders’ Cup glory at Churchill Downs, Kentucky early next month.

Godolphin’s Wild Illusion (96) also advertised her claims for Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly glory with a determined victory in the Gr1 Prix de l’Opera Longines at Longchamp on Sunday, while Sea Of Class (88) enhanced her credentials in the same category following her narrow reversal, from a poor draw, to Enable. And don’t forget the super filly Alpha Centauri (160), winner of four Gr1s this year, who had to be retired after a race injury last month.

 

On the same card, talented and consistent four-year-old filly Mabs Cross (68), who was beaten a nose in the Gr1 Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes at York in August, leapt to the head of the Cartier Sprinter standings with a cheeky success in the Gr1 Prix de l’Abbaye de Longchamp Longines, also over five furlongs. The Michael Dods-trained speedster now has a definite lead on points for the Cartier Sprinter Award, with the Gr1 QIPCO British Champions Sprint Stakes over six furlongs on QIPCO British Champions Day, October 20, at Ascot likely to have strong bearing on the outcome of this category.

The Cartier Two-Year-Old Filly Award has an open look and Pretty Pollyanna (48), disappointing last time out, has a chance of going to the top if winning Friday’s Gr1 bet365 Fillies’ Mile at Newmarket.

Cartier Racing Awards – points earned in Pattern races up to and including Sunday, October 7, 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

Cracksman 88

Sea Of Class 88

Cartier Older Horse

Poet’s Word 140

Recoletos 104

Cracksman 88

Lightning Spear 76

Waldgeist 72

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 56

Quorto   48

Anthony Van Dyck 40

Ten Sovereigns 40

Soldier’s Call 34

Cartier Two-Year-Old Filly

Skitter Scatter 60

Fairyland 50

Pretty Pollyanna 48

Signora Cabello 48

La Pelosa 32

Lily’s Candle 32

So Perfect 32

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