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All to play for in Cartier rankings as Gosden heavyweights target Kentucky gold

Roaring Lion : currently tops two categories
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This weekend’s Breeders’ Cup meeting at Churchill Downs could have a crucial bearing on the destination of the 2018 Cartier Racing Awards with Roaring Lion and reigning Cartier Horse Of The Year Enable still in the mix for prestigious prizes.

Roaring Lion (222 points) holds a clear lead in both the horse of the year and the three-year-old colt categories, and victory in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Classic on Saturday would cement his lead.

On his first run on dirt, the son of Kitten’s Joy will bid to go out on a high for connections after a season headlined by four Group 1 wins, including the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot this month.

Roaring Lion's trainer John Gosden is also represented at Churchill Downs by the remarkable Enable (56), who is aiming to become the first horse to follow up victory in the Group 1 Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, a race she also won in 2017, with success in the Grade 1 Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf.

Despite missing the majority of the season through injury, and trailing her stablemate in the standings, Khalid Abdullah’s filly could still challenge for the horse of the year award. Victory on Saturday could see her take both that award as well as the older horse award.

Points for the Cartier Racing Awards are earned through a combination of performances in Pattern races (30 percent), opinions of a panel of racing journalists and handicappers (35 percent) as well as votes from readers of the Racing Post, the Daily Telegraph and viewers of ITV Racing (35 percent).

Voting opened on October 24 via www.cartierracingawards.co.uk and closes at noon, UK time, on November 6 following the running of the Melbourne Cup.

Cartier Horse Of The Year

Roaring Lion 222

Alpha Centauri 160

Laurens 152

Poet's Word 140

Cracksman 136

Stradivarius 128

Recoletos 104

Saxon Warrior 104

Benbatl 102

Wild Illusion  96

Sea Of Class  88

Crystal Ocean  84

Kew Gardens  84

Enable  56 

Cartier Older Horse

Poet's Word 140

Cracksman 136

Recoletos 104

Benbatl 102

Crystal Ocean  84

Coronet  76

Lightning Spear  76

Waldgeist  72

Thunder Snow  66

Best Solution  64

Urban Fox  64

Enable  56 

Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt

Roaring Lion 222

Saxon Warrior 104

Kew Gardens  84

Sands Of Mali  72

Masar  68

Flag Of Honour  58

Study Of Man  56

Expert Eye  52

Latrobe  52

Mendelssohn  31


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Roaring Lion holds a clear lead on points in both the horse of the year and the three-year-old colt categories
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