Enable and Too Darn Hot, superstars of previous European Flat seasons, have emerged as strong contenders for this year's Cartier Racing Awards following impressive recent victories under Frankie Dettori.
The John Gosden-trained duo have already been honoured at the Cartier Racing Awards, with Enable crowned both Cartier Horse Of The Year and Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly in 2017 as well as receiving the Cartier Older Horse accolade in 2018.
Only three outstanding horses, Frankel (five awards), bred and owned like Enable by Khalid Abdullah, Ouija Board and Yeats (both four awards) have been more successful at the Cartier Racing Awards than Enable.
Too Darn Hot gained the Cartier Two-Year-Old Colt in 2018 thanks to a brilliant unbeaten first-season campaign.
The 29th annual Cartier Racing Awards will be presented at a glittering ceremony before an invited audience of 300 in London, England, on the evening of Tuesday, November 12, 2019.
The longstanding and prestigious 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 tried and tested combination of points earned by horses in Pattern races (30%), combined at the end of season with the opinions of a panel of racing journalists/handicappers (35%) and votes from readers of Racing Post and The Daily Telegraph plus ITV Racing viewers (35%).
The participation of the public plays a crucial role in determining the winners of each year's Cartier Racing Awards and gives horseracing fans the chance to put forward their favourite horses in a meaningful way.
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 special 15-strong Cartier Jury, has/have done the most for European racing and/or breeding either over their lifetime or within the past 12 months.
The 10 most recent recipients have been David Oldrey, Sir Michael Stoute, Aidan O'Brien, Jack Berry, Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Jim Bolger, Team Frankel, Barry Hills, Richard Hannon and John Oxx.
Dual G1 Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner Enable (48 points) made a brilliant start to her five-year-old campaign when beating current Cartier Older Horse category leader and old rival Magical (104) in the G1 Coral-Eclipse at Sandown Park on July 6 - her 10th straight victory in a magnificent career, which has yielded 11 successes from 12 starts so far.
The daughter of Nathaniel looks set to head to Ascot for the G1 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth QIPCO Stakes on July 27, when she is due to face Crystal Ocean (64), who beat Magical in the G1 Princess Of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot last month.
A superb renewal of the 12-furlong midsummer highlight is also set to feature two leading Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt Award hopefuls in Anthony Van Dyck (64), who captured the G1 Investec Derby, and Sovereign (38), a surprise six-length winner of the G1 Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby. Both sons of Galileo are trained by Aidan O'Brien for Coolmore partnerships.
Too Darn Hot (64) gained a first victory this season when the impressive winner of the seven-furlong G1 Qatar Prix Jean Prat over seven furlongs at Deauville, France, on July 7 after three placed efforts in 2019.
A step back up to a mile is on the cards for the son of Dubawi, who is owned by Lord Lloyd-Webber and was bred at Lord & Lady Lloyd-Webber's Watership Down Stud, with the G1 Qatar Sussex Stakes at Qatar Goodwood Festival on July 31 and Deauville's G1 Prix du Haras de Fresnay-le-Buffard Jacques le Marois (August 11) under consideration.
Like Too Darn Hot, Ten Sovereigns (32) enjoyed an unbeaten juvenile season in 2018 and the No Nay Never colt, trained by O'Brien for a Coolmore partnership, also gained his first win of 2019 when scooting away from G1 Commonwealth Cup victor Advertise (48) in the G1 Darley July Cup over six furlongs, the feature race of Newmarket's Moët & Chandon July Festival on July 13.
Both horses could challenge for Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt and Cartier Sprinter honours, although the recently retired Blue Point (106) still holds a commanding advantage in the latter category.
Longchamp's Bastille Day card on July 14 saw another son of Galileo trained by O'Brien and owned by Coolmore graduate to G1 honours as Japan (60) captured the G1 Grand Prix de Paris and entered calculations for Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt Award.
On the same card, Way To Paris (28) notched a first G2 success when edging out Marmelo in the Prix Maurice de Nieuil. The six-year-old has some ground to make up in the Cartier Stayer standings on the first two home from the G1 Gold Cup Stradivarius (64) and Dee Ex Bee (40), who are on course to clash again in the G1 Qatar Goodwood Cup on July 30.
Stradivarius, trained by Gosden and unbeaten in 2019 and 2018, gained the Cartier Stayer Award last year.