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Poet's Word moves clear in race for Horse of the Year crown

Poet's Word (far side) gets up to send the Reillys into delirium
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King George hero Poet's Word (116) has cemented his position at the top of the standings for the Cartier Horse of the Year award, although chief rival Alpha Centauri (96) has an excellent opportunity to cut the deficit in Sunday's Haras de Fresnay-le-Buffard Prix Jacques le Marois.

Stradivarius's second Group 1 win of the year in the Goodwood Cup last week took him level on points with crack miler Alpha Centauri in the overall category, and well clear of Goodwood Cup runner-up Torcedor (36) and Vazirabad (55) in the stayers' category.

Stradivarius: tops the Cartier Stayer rankings

Group 1 victories for Lightning Spear (76) in the Sussex Stakes and Benbatl (66) in Germany helped them close the gap on last year's three-year-old Cartier award winner Cracksman (88) in this year's older horse competition.

Wild Illusion's (64) Nassau win moved her into fourth in the three-year-old filly category behind Alpha Centauri, Laurens (88) and Forever Together (80).

Battaash (48), winner of Goodwood's Group 2 King George, joined Merchant Navy at the top of the sprinters' pecking order.


Current standings

Cartier Horse of the Year

Poet's Word 116
Alpha Centauri 96
Stradivarius 96
Cracksman 88
Laurens 88
Forever Together 80
Saxon Warrior 80
Roaring Lion 78
Lightning Spear 76
Masar 68
 
Cartier Older Horse

Poet's Word 116
Cracksman 88
Lightning Spear 76
Benbatl 66
Crystal Ocean 56
Waldgeist 56
 
Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt

Saxon Warrior 80
Roaring Lion 78
Masar 68
Study Of Man 52
Kew Gardens 48
U S Navy Flag 48
Without Parole 48

Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly

Alpha Centauri 96
Laurens 88
Forever Together 80
Wild Illusion 64
Billesdon Brook 48
With You 48

Cartier Sprinter

Battaash 48
Merchant Navy 48
Sands Of Mali 40
Blue Point 38
Eqtidaar 36
 
Cartier Stayer

Stradivarius 96
Vazirabad 55
Torcedor 36
Marmelo 24
Flag Of Honour 16
Idaho 16
Kew Gardens 16
Pilaster 16


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Battaash, winner of Goodwood's Group 2 King George, joined Merchant Navy at the top of the sprinters' pecking order
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