Auguste Rodin and Tahiyra have emerged as contenders for the Cartier Horse of the Year Awards.
Auguste Rodin and Tahiyra have emerged as contenders for the Cartier Horse of The Year award following their success at Irish Champions Festival, writes Tom Masters.
The Classic winners were in fine form at Leopardstown on Saturday, sharing the day’s Group 1 honours.
Aidan O’Brien’s Derby star Auguste Rodin beat stablemate and current Cartier Horse of the Year leader Paddington to the Royal Bahrain Irish Champion Stakes while Dermot Weld’s Tahiyra delivered on favouritism to claim the Coolmore America "Justify" Matron Stakes.
Those victories see the duo advance past Mostahdaf in the Cartier Horse of the Year standings, although they still have a way to go to usurp Auguste Rodin’s stablemate Paddington, after wins in the Irish 2000 Guineas, St James’s Palace Stakes, Coral-Eclipse and the Sussex Stakes this year.
He also sits atop the Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt standings, while Tahiyra has a substantial lead over Warm Heart in the Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly standings.
Despite struggling at the weekend, John Quinn’s Highfield Princess remains the joint leader as the top sprinter.
Henry Longfellow, the horse which landed O’Brien his 4000th career winner in the National Stakes, has made significant progress in the Two-Year-Old Colt standings, sitting only behind Bucanero Fuerte, who finished third at The Curragh.
The points will next be updated following the Qatar Prix De l’Arc de Triomphe on October 1, with the winners of the Cartier Racing Awards to be finalised on November 9.
Cartier Horse of The Year Award standings
Cartier Horse Of The Year
172 Paddington128 Auguste Rodin 120 Tahiyra 102 Mostahdaf 84 Westover 80 Luxembourg 80 Nashwa 80 Warm Heart 78 Big Rock 76 Mqse De Sevigne
Cartier Older Horse
102 Mostahdaf84 Westover 80 Luxembourg 80 Nashwa 76 Mqse De Sevigne 72 Inspiral 72 Simca Mille 72 Via Sistina
Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt
172 Paddington128 Auguste Rodin 78 Big Rock 64 Chaldean 64 Shaquille
Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly
120 Tahiyra80 Warm Heart 72 Blue Rose Cen 72 Sauterne 64 Savethelastdance 64 Soul Sister
64 Highfield Princess64 Shaquille 44 Bradsell 44 Moss Tucker 40 Live In The Dream
56 Coltrane56 Courage Mon Ami 40 Eldar Eldarov 32 Emily Dickinson 32 Quickthorn
Cartier Two-Year-Old Colt
60 Bucanero Fuerte48 Vandeek 48 Henry Longfellow 24 River Tiber 24 Haatem 24 Lake Forest 24 Islandsinthestream
Cartier Two-Year-Old Filly
40 Ramatuelle40 Fallen Angel 36 Vespertilio 32 Porta Fortuna 24 Relief Rally