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Magical takes narrow lead in race for Cartier Horse of the Year honours

Magical now tops the standings for Cartier Horse of the Year in 2020 following her third place in the G1 QIPCO Champion Stakes, the highlight of QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot on October 17.
 
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 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 (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 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. The 10 most recent recipients have been Pat Smullen, David Oldrey, Sir Michael Stoute, Aidan O'Brien, Jack Berry, Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Jim Bolger, Team Frankel, Barry Hills and Richard Hannon Sr.
 
The 30th annual Cartier Racing Awards will be awarded in November. Cartier continues its ongoing support with the presentation of Cartier Racing Awards in 2020, despite the cancellation of the traditional awards ceremony at The Dorchester in London, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Cartier looks forward to resuming the awards ceremony in 2021.
 
The G1 QIPCO Champion Stakes at Ascot, Britain's most valuable race of 2020, was won by Addeybb (96), owned by Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum and trained by William Haggas. This was the third success at the highest level for Addeybb this year following his two Australian G1 wins in the spring. Runner-up to Addeybb at Ascot was Skalleti (46) with Magical (120) in third. 
 
Magical, a Galileo mare trained by Aidan O'Brien for a Coolmore syndicate, now heads the standings for both Cartier Horse of the Year and Cartier Older Horse with her Ascot effort taking her narrowly in front of Godolphin's Ghaiyyath (118), trained by Charlie Appleby. 
 
Interestingly both Magical and Ghaiyyath are five-year-olds and both have won three G1 races in 2020. The duo met each other twice in 2020 with the score standing at a 1-1 draw - Ghaiyyath prevailed in the G1 Juddmonte International at York in August with Magical getting her revenge in the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown the following month. It was announced on October 19 that Ghaiyyath has been retired to stand at Kildangan Stud in Ireland, while Magical remains a possible starter at the Breeders' Cup in November. 
 
QIPCO British Champions Day also featured the G1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (Sponsored by QIPCO) over a mile which was won by five-year-old The Revenant (48). Third behind The Revenant after losing a shoe was the previously unbeaten Palace Pier (72), who now joins Pinatubo (72) at the top of the standings in the Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt category. Pinatubo has been retired to stand as a stallion at Dalham Hall Stud. 
 
There has also been movement in the Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly category with Wonderful Tonight (72) now in contention for honours following her success in the G1 QIPCO British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes at Ascot on Saturday. Wonderful Tonight was landing her second G1 of the season having taken the Qatar Prix de Royallieu at Longchamp on her previous outing. She now lies in fourth place in the Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly category behind Love (96), Fancy Blue (88) and Alpine Star (80). 
 
Jockey Hollie Doyle enjoyed a dream QIPCO British Champions Day with her victories in the opening two races including a career first G1 success on Glen Shiel (60) in the QIPCO British Champions Sprint Stakes. Glen Shiel's Ascot victory moves him up into second in the Cartier Sprinter division behind Battaash (80), who was unbeaten in his three starts this year with G1 wins at Royal Ascot and York. 
 
Stradivarius (64) put up a rare below par effort in the G2 QIPCO British Champions Long Distance Cup at Ascot, which went to Trueshan (16) under Hollie Doyle. However, six-year-old Stradivarius still holds a commanding lead in the Cartier Stayer category following another superb campaign that yielded a third victory in the G1 Gold Cup at Royal Ascot and a fourth win in the G1 Al Shaqab Goodwood Cup at the Qatar Goodwood Festival.
 
There are no significant changes in the Cartier Two-Year-Old Colt and Cartier Two-Year-Old Filly categories, which continue to be headed by Lucky Vega (56) and Pretty Gorgeous (68) respectively. 
 
About the Cartier Racing Awards
The Cartier Racing Awards were established in 1991 to reward excellence in European horseracing. There are eight equine awards, ranging from the Cartier Horse Of The Year to the Cartier Two-Year-Old Colt and Cartier Two-Year-Old Filly.
 
In addition, the Cartier/Daily Telegraph Award of Merit goes to the person or persons who, in the opinion of the 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 arrived at through three established strands. Points are earned by horses in Pattern races (30% of the total) and these are 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 (35%).
 
The 30th annual Cartier Racing Awards will be awarded in November 2020. 
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