O'BRIEN DUO LEAD THE WAY IN RACE FOR CARTIER HONOURS
- PEEPING FAWN OUT IN FRONT
- DYLAN THOMAS CLOSE BEHIND
The Aidan O'Brien-trained duo Peeping Fawn and Dylan Thomas are currently leading the way in the 2007 Cartier Racing Awards, European horseracing's most prestigious accolades, which will be presented during a glittering ceremony in London on November 14, 2007.
The Cartier Racing Awards, now in their 17th year, celebrate the champions of the Turf, plus one outstanding individual. The coveted eight horse awards, horseracing's equivalent of the Oscars, are determined by points earned in Pattern races combined with the opinions of a panel of racing journalists plus votes from readers of the Racing Post and The Daily Telegraph, a system which accurately rewards supreme achievement.
Peeping Fawn has been one of the revelations of the season so far. After winning her maiden at Naas on May 16, she was placed in two Classics, finishing third to Finsceal Beo in the Boylesports Irish 1,000 Guineas before going down by half a length to Light Shift in the Vodafone Oaks at Epsom Downs. Her next three outings have all resulted in wins at Group One level. On June 30, she took on the older fillies for the first time in the Audi Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh and comfortably saw off Speciosa by two lengths. At the same course on July 15, she comfortably reversed placings with Light Shift in the Darley Irish Oaks while her latest triumph was in the Blue Square Nassau Stakes at Goodwood on August 4, when she recorded a majestic length and a half success over Mandesha. Trained by Aidan O'Brien, Peeping Fawn currently has 110 points, the highest total of any horse so far. In the Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly Award, she leads dual Guineas heroine Finsceal Beo (88 points), the French-trained filled Darjina (80 points), winner of the two Group One contests in the French 1,000 Guineas and Prix d'Astarte, Light Shift (68 points) and Simply Perfect (52 points).
The closest rival to Peeping Fawn in the battle for Cartier Horse of the Year is on 108 points and also trained at Ballydoyle by Aidan O'Brien - Dylan Thomas. Successful in the Irish Derby last season, the four-year-old Danehill colt has blossomed into a fantastic middle-distance colt, exemplified by his four length victory over Youmzain in the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot on July 28 to add to his earlier triumph in the Prix Ganay at Longchamp on April 29.
In the battle for the Cartier Older Horse Award, Dylan Thomas leads the field over Godolphin's top-class miler Ramonti (80 points) who was successful in the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot and the BGC Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood. Manduro (72 points) , conqueror of Dylan Thomas in the Prince Of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot and the five-length winner of the Group One Prix d'Ispahan at Longchamp lies in third place with Notnowcato (65 points), a dual Group One winner in 2007 with victories in the Tattersalls Gold Cup and the Coral-Eclipse, and the filly Mandesha (48 points) making up the remainder of the field.
Lawman (89 points) and Authorized (80 points) are out in front in the race for the Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt Award. Lawman is the best colt seen in France in 2007 with emphatic victories in the Prix du Jockey-Club and the Prix Jean Prat. Authorized, hugely impressive when landing the Vodafone Derby at Epsom, went down by a length and a half to Notnowcato last time out in the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown on July 7, and is due to make his next appearance in the Juddmonte International at York on August 21. Others in the running for the Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt Award are Cockney Rebel (72 points) hero of both the English and Irish 2,000 Guineas, and Irish Derby victor Soldier Of Fortune (72 points) and Dutch Art (52 points).
Dutch Art is also a contender for the Cartier Sprinter Award. In a very competitive division, the lead is currently shared between Marchand D'Or (36 points), successful in the Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville on August 5 and Soldier's Tale (36 points), triumphant in Royal Ascot's Golden Jubilee Stakes. Close in behind on 32 points each are Sakhee's Secret and Dutch Art, the two three-year-old sprinters who finished first and second respectively in the Darley July Cup at Newmarket.
Yeats (48 points) put up a superb display to win his second Gold Cup at Royal Ascot in June and is bidding to win the Cartier Stayer Award for the second year in succession. ABN AMRO Goodwood Cup heroine Allegretto (32 points) and Geordieland (32 points), runner-up to Yeats at Royal Ascot, are next in line followed by Macleya (20 points) and Bussoni (18 points).
It is still early days in the race for the two juvenile awards but Winker Watson (32 points) has taken a clear lead in the Cartier Two-Year-Old Colt Award. Trained by Peter Chapple-Hyam, Winker Watson is unbeaten in three outings, with his latest two successes coming in Group Two contests - the Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot and the TNT July Stakes at Newmarket.
Another horse from the Ballydoyle team is on top in the battle for the Cartier Two-Year-Old Filly Award. A full-sister to Giant's Causeway, You'resothrilling (28 points) looked a shade unlucky at Royal Ascot when runner-up in the Albany Stakes before more than making amends with a gutsy display to land the Group Two Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Cherry Hinton Stakes at Newmarket.
Harry Herbert, Cartier's racing consultant, said today: "We have been fortunate to see some very high-class action at the major festivals so far this summer, with the promise of more to look forward to all over Europe in August and into the autumn months.
"The Cartier Racing Awards are beginning to take shape with Peeping Fawn entering the picture for Cartier Horse of the Year with three consecutive Group One wins."