THE Cartier Racing Awards were thrown wide open last weekend after three three-year-olds each landed a third Group 1 success of the season.
Legatissimo and Ervedya traded blows in the race to be three-year-old filly of the year with success in the Matron Stakes at Leopardstown and Longchamp’s Prix du Moulin.
The David Wachman-trained Legatissimo also moved alongside Solow in the race to be named horse of the year.
The two crack milers trail Golden Horn – who added the Irish Champion Stakes to his victories in the Derby and Eclipse – by 32 points in the overall standings, which will contribute 35 per cent of the verdict when the prizes are handed out at London’s Dorchester Hotel on November 10.
The remaining 70 per cent of Cartier’s electoral college is divided equally between a panel of 17 racing experts and a public vote comprising the readers of the Racing Post and the Daily Telegraph as well as viewers of Channel 4 Racing.
There were also some big movers on the two-year-old front after the Curragh staged two Group 1s on the second day of Irish Champions Weekend.
An impressive winner of the National Stakes, Air Force Blue has overtaken Prix Morny hero Shalaa in the two-year-old colt category, a prize which has gone to six of the last ten winners of the Curragh Group 1.
Air Force Blue’s stablemate Minding vaulted to the top of the two-year-old fillies’ standings after getting the better of Ballydoyle and Alice Springs in the Moyglare Stud Stakes.
With the Arc and then British Champions Day now clearly in sight, Freddy Head and his sister will carry high hopes of further success for Solow, while his sister Criquette Head-Maarek saw Treve warm up for her bid to win a third Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe when waltzing to victory in the Prix Vermeille last Sunday.
Cartier racing consultant Harry Herbert said: “With attention turning to the major end of season finales in Europe and further afield, we look set for more exciting clashes between now and early November.”
Source: racing post