Blue Point Goes Straight To The Top Of Cartier Awards

Blue Point Cartier Horse Awards

Dual King's Stand Stakes winner at Royal Ascot Blue Point has gone straight to the top of the Cartier Horse Of The Year Awards after also landing the Diamond Jubilee Stakes on the Saturday of the Royal Meeting.

Blue Point was retired after his Berkshire heroics but that has not stopped him going to the top of the standings for one of the most coveted prizes in racing.

The Charlie Appleby-trained five-year-old was a superstar throughout his career winning Group One's in different countries whilst also writing himself into the Ascot history books by becoming only the second horse in 99 years to do the King's Stand and Diamond Jubilee double at the same meeting.

Blue Point landed the Cartier Sprinter of the year last season and even though now retired is very much in the prime position to win it for a second year in a row which was only last done in 1993 by Lightning Lochsong.

The Cartier Racing Awards are held after the flat season has officially come to an end on November 12th and the prizes are handed out to many different categories with the final decisions being made who has won what down to an expert panel, Racing Post and Daily Telegraph readers with ITV Viewers having the chance to cast their votes on the main prize of the evening.

Blue Point currently on top of both the main award and the sprinters leaderboard sits on 106 points which is 10 more than the English and Irish 1000 Guineas winner Hermosa who could only manage second in the Group Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot.

In third and a fair way back on 80 points is the Prince of Wales's second at the Royal meeting Magical with the winner of that race Crystal Ocean entering the frame at fourth with 64 points.

Defoe after his Coronation Cup and Hardwicke Stakes victory has also moved up the table to 56 points but is still behind leading stayer Stradivarius who sits on 64 points with plenty of racing still to be done.

Further down the list there are plenty of big names that will be trying to finish the season well and Epsom Derby winner Anthony Van Dyck is on 48 points but will looking to booster that this weekend in the Irish Derby.