Baaeed unleashed another dominant display in the Qatar Sussex Stakes at the Qatar Goodwood Festival, a victory that has seen the outstanding miler establish a healthy advantage at the head of the Cartier Horse Of The Year standings.
In defeating Modern Games (64) by an easy length and three-quarters, Baaeed stretched his faultless record to nine wins from as many starts, with the last five all coming at G1 level. Connections are hoping that the Shadwell colt can maintain his supremacy over further when he steps up in distance for the Juddmonte International at York later this month.
The Qatar Goodwood Festival produced five days of exhilarating racing, with the Al Shaqab Goodwood Cup serving up a tremendous finish as Gold Cup hero Kyprios edged out Stradivarius(44) and Trueshan (8) to cement his place at the top of the Cartier Stayer category.
Prix de Diane Longines heroine Nashwa (76) also secured back-to-back G1 wins when easily accounting for her rivals in the Qatar Nassau Stakes. Imad Al Sagar’s homebred has only tasted defeat once this season, finishing third behind Tuesday (76) in the Cazoo Oaks, and both are currently tied at the top in the Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly division.
Vadeni (88), an emphatic winner of the Prix du Jockey Club and Coral-Eclipse, continues to hold a narrow advantage in the Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt standings, with injuries forcing changes of plan for two of his closest rivals.
Cazoo Derby winner Desert Crown (64) may not be seen again this season after missing the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth QIPCO Stakes, won in decisive fashion by Cartier Older Horse contender Pyledriver (64).
A minor setback forced Coroebus (80) to sidestep a highly anticipated clash with Baaeed at Goodwood. The 2,000 Guineas and St James’s Palace Stakes victor looks set to be rerouted to the Prix du Haras de Fresnay-le-Buffard at Deauville on August 14, a race that is also due to feature globe-trotting four-year-old State Of Rest (88).
Deauville’s summer meeting could have a significant impact on the Cartier Sprinter category as well, with Royal Ascot winners Naval Crown (48) and Perfect Power (32) among the potential contenders for this Sunday’s LARC Prix Maurice de Gheest.
About the Cartier Racing Awards
The Cartier Racing Awards were established in 1991 to reward excellence in horseracing. 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.
European horseracing’s top awards are delivered through a combination of points earned by horses in Pattern races (30%), combined at the end of the season with the opinions of a panel of racing journalists/handicappers (35%) and votes from readers of Racing Post and The Daily Telegraph (35%).
In addition to the equine awards, 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 lifetime or within the past 12 months. Recent recipients of the Cartier/Daily Telegraph Award of Merit have included Sir Michael Stoute, Aidan O’Brien, Pat Smullen and John Gosden.
The 32nd Cartier Racing Awards will be presented at the Dorchester Hotel in London on the evening of Wednesday, November 9.
A full list of previous winners at the Cartier Racing Awards can be accessed here.
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