As­cot win takes Mag­i­cal clear of ri­vals

The Daily Telegraph - Sport - - Racing -

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

www.cartier­racin­gawards.co.uk.

Read­ers can also use the coupon pub­lished here to reg­is­ter their votes by post. One lucky reader who cor­rectly iden­ti­fies the win­ning Horse Of The Year will win a Spe­cial Prize from Cartier. Vot­ing closes at noon on Nov 5.

Going clear: Mag­i­cal ex­tends her lead in the race to be Cartier Horse of The Year

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