The Cartier Racing Awards (horse racings Oscars) have reached a landmark 25th year and, with some outstanding performances already seen on the track, 2015 looks set to be a vintage season.
The 25th annual Cartier Racing Awards will be presented at a glittering ceremony before an invited audience of 300 at the Dorchester Hotel, London, England, on the evening of Tuesday, November 10.
The Cartier Racing Awards were established in 1991 to reward excellence in horseracing. 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 17-strong Cartier Jury, has/have done the most for European racing and/or breeding either over their lifetime or within the past 12 months.
European horseracing’s top awards are delivered through a tried and tested combination of points earned by horses in Pattern races throughout 2015 (30%), combined at the end of season with the opinions of a panel of racing journalists (35%) and votes from readers of Racing Post and The Daily Telegraph plus Channel 4 Racing viewers (35%).
Early contenders for Cartier Horse Of The Year include Gleneagles (80). The Aidan O’Brien-trained colt, who also leads the Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt category, has already scooped two Classic wins in 2015, winning the QIPCO 2000 Guineas at Newmarket and the Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas at the Curragh. Gleneagles gained the Cartier Two-Year-Old Colt Award in 2014. Eclipse hero
Golden Horn (64), owned by Anthony Oppenheimer and trained by John Gosden, is now unbeaten in five races after his emphatic victory under Frankie Dettori from stable companion Jack Hobbs who has since won the Irish Derby (32) in Britain’s premier Classic, the Investec Derby, at Epsom Downs on June 6 and must be on the short list of runners for the top prize.
The approval by the BHA to convert Newcastle’s flat turf track to all-weather as turned a few heads in the sport but it is held by many to be a pivotal moment in racing. The world in racing is changing all the time and we have to move with it like it or not I remember when Sunday racing came in and greyhound racing went from eight race’s per meeting to 12/16 nothing stays the same in this world so lets just get on with it and stop sounding like a bunch of grumpy old men.
Yours in sport.
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