Several exciting nominations for the 23rd annual Cartier Racing Awards were announced Nov. 8. The nine Cartier Racing Awards will be revealed and presented during a glittering ceremony before an invited audience of 340 at the Dorchester Hotel, London, on Tuesday evening.
The five horses nominated for Cartier Horse of the Year include the the unbeaten and brilliant filly Treve, as well as Moonlight Cloud and Novellist, both with a 100 percent record this year. The two others going for the main award are Sky Lantern and Al Kazeem, each a three-time Group 1 winner in 2013.
The Cartier Older Horse nominations include three horses unbeaten during 2013 — Farhh, Moonlight Cloud and Novellist, while Declaration of War finished a close third in the Breeders' Cup Classic after winning two Group 1a in Europe earlier in the year and Al Kazeem captured three Group 1s.
The battle for the accolade of Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt is between Godolphin's Two Thousand Guineas scorer Dawn Approach, trained by Jim Bolger who is also responsible for Irish Derby winner Trading Leather, Coolmore's recent Breeders' Cup Turf winner Magician and Epsom Derby victor Ruler of the World plus the Richard Hannon-trained Toronado, successful in the Sussex Stakes.
Unbeaten Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner Treve goes head to head with Sky Lantern, who gained three Group 1s over a mile this year, with Epsom Oaks scorer Talent, Irish One Thousand Guineas winner Just the Judge and Chicquita, who captured the Irish Oaks, completing the nominations.
Kingston Hill and Toormore are unbeaten juveniles vying for the Cartier Two-Year-Old Colt award, along with Outstrip, Sudirman and War Command who are all Group 1s winners.
Chriselliam, like Outstrip, was the thrilling winner of a Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf earlier this month, while Rizeena and Vorda have performed at the top-level throughout the year. Indonesienne stepped up to victory in the Prix Marcel Boussac and Lucky Kristale was successful on four of her five starts for Newmarket trainer George Margarson.
Lethal Force was the decisive winner of both the Diamond Jubilee Stakes and July Cup from Society Rock and is the one to beat for the Cartier Sprinter category, with three contenders from Ireland, Gordon Lord Byron, Sole Power and Slade Power challenging.
The Cartier Stayer Award could go to Her Majesty The Queen's Estimate, who provided her owner with a thrilling Gold Cup success at Royal Ascot, with global star Red Cadeaux, Brown Panther, Altano and Tac De Boistron being the other nominations.
The Cartier Awards were established in 1991 to reward excellence in European horse racing. They are determined by points earned by horses in Pattern races throughout 2013, combined at the end of season with the opinions of a panel of racing journalists and votes from readers of Racing Post and The Daily Telegraph plus Channel 4 viewers.
In addition to the eight equine awards, the Cartier/Daily Telegraph Award of Merit goes to the person or persons who, in the opinion of the special 16-strong Cartier Jury, has/have done the most for European racing and/or breeding either over their lifetime or within the past 12 months.
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