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Saturday, October 27, 2007



DYLAN THOMAS OUT TO ENHANCE LEAD IN RACE FOR CARTIER HONOURS


Dylan Thomas confirmed himself the outstanding older racehorse in training in Europe with a dramatic victory in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp on October 7, which took his points total to 228 in the race to be crowned Cartier Horse of the Year as well as champion Cartier Older Horse.


The Aidan O'Brien-trained four-year-old, who has also captured the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes and the Irish Champion Stakes during a remarkable season, seeks to stretch his lead over Manduro (136) and Ramonti (128) when he contests the Breeders' Cup Turf at Monmouth Park later today (Saturday, October 27).


New Approach (88) followed in the hoof-prints of stable companion Teofilo when extending his unbeaten run to five in the Darley Dewhurst Stakes on Champions' Day at Newmarket on October 20. Jim Bolger's stable star is now 20 points ahead of Godolphin's Rio De La Plata (68) in the fight for the Cartier Two-Year-Old Colt award.


It is tight between Jim Bolger-trained Saoirse Abu (76) and Natagora (72), with French-based Pascal Bary, for the Cartier Two-Year-Old Filly category.


Victory in the Epsom Derby and the Juddmonte International has helped Authorized (112) establish a 23-point lead over French Derby hero Lawman (89) in the battle for Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt honours, while Peeping Fawn (142) is in pole position to capture the Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly award after her amazing campaign which has yielded four wins at the highest level.


Yeats (80), who captured the Gold Cup at Ascot for the second year running this season, is ahead of Le Miracle (54) in the Cartier Stayer category, while Marchand D'Or (68), trained by Freddie Head, leads Red Clubs (56) in the Cartier Sprinter division.

The Cartier Racing Awards, now in their 17th year, are European horseracing's most prestigious accolades, and will be presented during a glittering ceremony in London on November 14, 2007. The coveted eight horse awards celebrate the champions of the Turf.


Horseracing's equivalent of the Oscars, the Cartier Racing Awards are determined by points earned in Pattern races combined with the opinions of a panel of racing journalists plus votes from readers of the Racing Post and The Daily Telegraph, a system which accurately rewards supreme excellence.



POINTS AWARDED IN PATTERN RACES UP TO AND INCLUDING OCTOBER 26

Cartier Two-Year-Old Filly
SAOIRSE ABU 76
NATAGORA 72
LISTEN 56
FLEETING SPIRIT 44
ZARKAVA 32

Cartier Two-Year-Old Colt
NEW APPROACH 88
RIO DE LA PLATA 68
KINGSGATE NATIVE 52
MYBOYCHARLIE 48
HENRYTHENAVIGATOR 36

Cartier Three-Year-Old Colt
AUTHORIZED 112
LAWMAN 89
SOLDIER OF FORTUNE 88
LUCARNO 80
COCKNEY REBEL 72

Cartier Three-Year-Old Filly
PEEPING FAWN 142
DARJINA 112
FINSCEAL BEO 88
LIGHT SHIFT 68
MRS LINDSAY 56

Cartier Stayer
YEATS 80
LE MIRACLE 54
ALLEGRETTO 52
SEPTIMUS 52
GEORDIELAND 48

Cartier Sprinter
MARCHAND D'OR 68
RED CLUBS 56
KINGSGATE NATIVE 52
BENBAUN 44
SOLDIERS TALE 36

Cartier Older Horse
DYLAN THOMAS 228
MANDURO 136
RAMONTI 128
YEATS 80
NOTNOWCATO 76


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