Arc Hero Torquator Tasso Enters Reckoning For Cartier Awards

Torquator Tasso caused one of the biggest shocks in the history of the G1 Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp on Sunday, Oct. 3, a victory that saw the German colt enter calculations for both Cartier Horse Of The Year and Cartier Older Horse.

The Cartier Racing Awards were established in 1991 to reward excellence in horseracing. There are eight equine awards – the Cartier Horse Of The Year, the Cartier Older Horse, the Cartier Sprinter, the Cartier Stayer, the Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt, the Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly, the Cartier Two-Year-Old Colt and the Cartier Two-Year-Old Filly.

The 31st annual Cartier Racing Awards will be awarded in November. Cartier continues its ongoing support with the presentation of the Cartier Racing Awards.

Owned by Gestut Auenquelle, 4-year-old Torquator Tasso (96 points) emulated Star Appeal (1975) and Danedream (2011) by becoming the third German-trained winner of the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in the 100th running of the €5 million showpiece.

The Marcel Weiss-trained son of Adlerflug defeated Tarnawa (56), Hurricane Lane (152) and Adayar (100) in a thrilling finish to the highlight of two exceptional days of racing in Paris.

In terms of the Cartier Horse Of The Year standings, the Aidan O’Brien-trained St Mark’s Basilica (160) remains in pole position. The Siyouni colt, who captured his fourth G1 prize of the season in the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown on September 11, was retired to take up stallion duties at Coolmore last month.

Poetic Flare finished a creditable third at Leopardstown and the dual G1 winner is hot on the heels of St Mark’s Basilica with 156 points. Godolphin’s Hurricane Lane now has 152 points following his third in the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.

Palace Pier (144) heads the Cartier Older Horse category with 144 points and is set to take in the G1 Queen Elizabeth II QIPCO Stakes at Ascot later this month as he looks to remain unbeaten this term. He leads Mishriff (108), with Torquator Tasso (96) third.

St Mark’s Basilica (160) and Poetic Flare (156) continue to set the pace in the Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt category ahead of Godolphin duo Hurricane Lane (152) and Adayar (100), who both emerged with plenty of credit following their third and fourth-placed efforts in the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.

Mother Earth (144) leads the Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly standings following her second behind the Jane Chapple-Hyam-trained Saffron Beach (68) in the G1 Kingdom of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket on October 2. Snowfall finished sixth in the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and the English and Irish Oaks heroine has 136 points.

A Case Of You (58) is the big mover in the Cartier Sprinter division after providing trainer Adrian McGuinness with a first G1 triumph in the Qatar Prix de l’Abbaye de Longchamp. G1 Darley July Cup hero Starman leads the way on 64 points.

The Alan King-trained Trueshan (68 points) is the new leader in the Cartier Stayer category, having powered to a second G1 victory in the Qatar Prix du Cadran on October 2. The five-year-old, who is owned by the Singula Partnership, defeated old rival and four-time Cartier Stayer Stradivarius (58 points) by four and a half lengths at Longchamp.

Arc weekend also saw a shake-up in the Cartier Two-Year-Old categories with Angel Bleu (48) emerging as a contender for the Cartier Two-Year-Old Colt award. Trained by Ralph Beckett, Angel Bleu landed the G1 Qatar Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere under Frankie Dettori and is chasing Perfect Power (80), winner of the G1 Darley Prix Morny and G1 Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes for Richard Fahey.

There is a three-way tie at the top of the Cartier Two-Year-Old Filly standings following Zellie’s stylish success in the G1 Qatar Prix Marcel Boussac for Andre Fabre. The Al Wasmiyah Farm-owned filly has 40 points along with Joseph O’Brien’s Agartha, who filled fourth behind Zellie at Longchamp, and Sandrine for Andrew Balding.

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