Paddington Heads Cartier Standings

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Paddington is the new leader in the race to be crowned Cartier Horse Of The Year, with three-year-olds filling the top seven places in the points for the leading equine accolade of the Cartier Racing Awards.

Established in 1991 to reward excellence in horseracing, the 33rd Cartier Racing Awards will be presented at the Dorchester Hotel in London on the evening of Thursday, November 9.

Paddington – in front where he likes to be (Pic – Racing TV)

Paddington has accrued 112 points following a faultless campaign for Aidan O’Brien that has included dominant wins in the Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas and St James’s Palace Stakes.

Owned by a Coolmore partnership, the son of Siyouni came out on top in the first significant contest between the Classic crop and older horses, the Coral-Eclipse on July 8, when he beat Cartier Older Horse contender Emily Upjohn (56) by half a length.

The Coral-Eclipse has proved a pivotal pointer to the Cartier Racing Awards in recent years. Cartier Horse Of The Year recipients Roaring Lion (2018), Enable (2019), Ghaiyyath (2020) and St Mark’s Basilica (2021) all won the Sandown Park showpiece, in addition to last year’s Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt Vadeni.

O’Brien and Coolmore have another leading Cartier Horse Of The Year and Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt candidate in Auguste Rodin (80), who provided his trainer with a 100th Classic victory when completing a Derby double in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the Curragh on July 2.

Like his stable-mate, Auguste Rodin will be hoping to strike a blow for the three-year-olds when he lines up in the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth QIPCO Stakes later this month.

His rivals at Ascot could include Emily Upjohn, recent Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud winner Westover (60) and Tattersalls Gold Cup victor Luxembourg (56), who are all tightly grouped at the head of the Cartier Older Horse division.

The Classic generation also took the honours in the Pertemps Network July Cup at Newmarket on July 15, as Shaquille (64) produced a sensational performance despite fluffing the start.

Rossa Ryan (right) and connections celebrate winning the Pertemps Network July Cup Stakes with Shaquille during July Cup Day of The Boodles July Festival 2023 (Pic -Racing TV)

Trained by Julie Camacho, the Commonwealth Cup winner has opened up a clear lead in the Cartier Sprinter category and looks set to bid for further top-level honours in the Betfair Sprint Cup at Haydock Park in September.

Older horses have captured the two all-aged G1 races for fillies and mares so far this season, with Via Sistina (56) taking the Yulong Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh at the start of the month and Nashwa (36) storming to victory in the Tattersalls Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket last week.

Nashwa will be hoping to strike again in the Qatar Nassau Stakes at next month’s Qatar Goodwood Festival, although she is due to face a stern test with dual French Classic heroine and Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly challenger Blue Rose Cen (72) travelling over for the race.

The Qatar Goodwood Festival may also see the first major clash of the generations in the Cartier Stayer category. Courage Mon Ami (48), Coltrane (32) and Subjectivist (15) could all reoppose after finishing first, second and third in the Gold Cup, with rising star Gregory (16) also entered.

Cartier Racing Awards – points earned in Pattern races up to and including Sunday, July 16, 2023

Cartier Horse Of The Year

112 Paddington

88 Tahiyra

80 Auguste Rodin

72 Blue Rose Cen

64 Chaldean

64 Shaquille

64 Soul Sister

60 Westover

56 Emily Upjohn

56 Luxembourg

56 Via Sistina

Cartier Older Horse

60 Westover

56 Emily Upjohn

56 Luxembourg

56 Via Sistina

54 Dubai Honour

54 Mostahdaf

Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt

112 Paddington

80 Auguste Rodin

64 Chaldean

64 Shaquille

44 Good Guess

44 Marhaba Ya Sanafi

Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly

88 Tahiyra

72 Blue Rose Cen

64 Soul Sister

48 Mawj

40 Jannah Rose

40 Remarquee

Cartier Sprinter

64 Shaquille

36 Bradsell

32 Highfield Princess

32 Khaadem

32 Little Big Bear

Cartier Stayer

48 Courage Mon Ami

32 Coltrane

28 The Good Man

24 Siskany

20 Sober

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