Ascot win takes Magical clear of rivals
Magical’s brave victory in Saturday’s QIPCO Champion Stakes at Ascot has carried her clear of her rivals in the race to win the season’s ultimate accolade, Cartier Horse Of The Year, and she may not be finished yet. The tough Ballydoyle filly is still in the mix for the Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita next month.
Fillies were the main movers on Saturday and Star Catcher’s third consecutive Group 1 victory in the QIPCO Fillies & Mares means she is now joint-top of the Three-yearold Filly standings alongside dual Classic heroine Hermosa.
Stradivarius may have been pipped by Kew Gardens in a thrilling finish to the Long Distance Cup but he cemented his place at the head of Stayer category.
The participation of the public plays an important role in determining the winners of each year’s Cartier Racing Awards and gives racing fans the chance to put forward their favourite horses in a meaningful way.
European racing’s top awards are delivered through a combination of points earned by horses in Pattern races (30 per cent); the opinions of a panel of racing journalists/handicappers (35 per cent) and votes from readers of The Daily Telegraph and Racing Post plus ITV Racing viewers (35 per cent).
Voting for this year’s awards opens today and votes can be cast at
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Going clear: Magical extends her lead in the race to be Cartier Horse of The Year