Earthlight Tops Cartier Juvenile Colt Rankings After Middle Park Win


Last weekends Group One Middle Park Stakes winner has gone to the head of the juvenile colt Cartier horse of the year rankings after his superb performance at the Newmarket track.

Earthlight made it back to back Group one successes on Saturday after previously winning the Prix Morny at Deauville back in August and now sees himself at the top of the juvenile standings.

The Andre Fabre trained two year old has won all five of his starts this season and with one more run set for the end of the season the French exploit will be looking to stay unbeaten.

The colt moved a substantial 24 points clear of his nearest rival A'Ali trained by Simon Crisford and 28 clear of arguably the most impressive youngster of the season Pinatubo.

Charlie Appleby's Superstar juvenile is also unbeaten throughout the season picking up his first black type win last time out in the National Stakes at the Curragh.

Pinatubo also has another run planned before the end of the season with the Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket on October 12th a real chance for the two year old to go to the top of the ranking.

Both Earthlight and Pinatubo are sired by Shamardal, who went on to win the Cartier two-year-old colt award back in 2004 and it is very interesting to see two of his sons battling it out this season.

Surprisingly in other divisions on the flat, leading fancy to make it three Arc wins in a row, Enable is not top of the overall standing for the Cartier Horse of the Year awards with her rival Magical, who she has beat every time in her career to date, overtaking her.

The Aidan O'Brien trained four year old flew to a 40 point lead over Enable when she went on to win the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown, Magical now sits on 168 with Gosden's wonder mare looking to claim the prize back on Sunday at Paris Longchamp.

Enable has been a Cartier winner at the age of three and four and is she is to be again she will have to rewrite the history books in the Arc.

The Three year old colt division is still all to play for with Japan set to run in the Arc as well and if going well will overtake the retired Too Darn Hot for trainer John Gosden.

Battaash and Advertise both still have work to do if they want to finish at the top of the sprinting division with the retired Blue Point sitting pretty on 106 points but with the Prix de l'Abbaye on the Charles Hills trained five year old agenda he could still ye be a Cartier winner.

November 12th will see all the seasons awards be handed out with still plenty of racing set to take place, the three year old fillies division is another loose end in the standings with dual 1000 Guineas winner Hermosa looking to edge out her rivals on Saturday in the Sun Chariot Stakes.