Fancy Blue heads for sum­mit

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport | Racing - By Jon Lees

Blue, who be­came the first Group One win­ner in Bri­tain for his 22-year-old first-sea­son trainer Don­nacha O’Brien, is the new leader in the race to be crowned Cartier Horse of the Year 2020.

The filly’s vic­tory in the Nas­sau Stakes at Good­wood, fol­low­ing a Clas­sic tri­umph in the Prix de Diane in July, put her ahead of Stradi­var­ius, whose fourth vic­tory in the Good­wood Cup was one of the high­lights of the meet­ing.

Hav­ing se­cured his sta­tus as one of rac­ing’s all-time great stay­ers, Stradi­var­ius’s tar­get could now be the Prix de l’Arc de Tri­om­phe.

Europe’s big­gest Flat race is also the prin­ci­pal goal for sta­ble­mate

En­able, who is seek­ing an un­prece­dented third vic­tory. Stradi­var­ius’s pres­ence would mean Frankie Det­tori hav­ing to desert one of his favourite part­ners at Longchamp.

En­able con­firmed she re­mains among the best in the world with a his­toric third vic­tory in the King Ge­orge VI and Queen El­iz­a­beth Stakes at As­cot and keep her­self in the run­ning for Cartier Horse of the Year hon­ours, which she won in 2017 and 2018. No horse has won the prize three times.

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