Horse Racing: Reverence leapfrogs Les Arcs with double; Cartier AWARDS in association with RACING POST.
IN A normal year, winning the Golden Jubilee Stakes and July Cup would be enough to guarantee a sprinter top honours in the Cartier Awards, but Les Arcs now trails Reverence in this category following the latter's sensational Group 1 double.
By winning the Nunthorpe Stakes and Haydock Sprint Cup, Reverence, who also landed the Group 2 Temple Stakes in May, rocketed to the top of the sprinters' division. From being 40 points clear of his rivals, Les Arcs now trails the Eric Alston-trained Reverence by 17 points.
The Cartier Awards are determined by a combination of points won through performances in Pattern races, the verdict of a panel of racing journalists, and the votes of Racing Post and Daily Telegraph readers. The awards are presented on November 15.
The other major move in the past month came in the two-year-old filly category, which is now headed by Miss Beatrix thanks to her victory in the Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes.
Previous leader Sander Camillo has dropped back to third place, with Simply Perfect now in second spot courtesy of her May Hill Stakes victory.
In the juvenile colts' division, Dutch Art and Holy Roman Emperor share top billing, having won Group 1s in August - Dutch Art won the Prix Morny and Holy Roman Emperor the Phoenix Stakes.
Irish Champion Stakes winner Dylan Thomas is now clear leader in the three-year-old colt category, having shared the lead with Sir Percy until his victory at Leopardstown on Saturday.
Alexandrova extended her advantage in the three-year-old fillies' division by winning the Group 1 Yorkshire Oaks, but Prix Vermeille winner Mandesha has emerged as a potential rival.
Sergeant Cecil, voted 2005 Horse of the Year by members of the Racehorse Owners' Association and Racing Post readers, has taken high rank in the stayers' division after victories in the Lonsdale and Doncaster Cups.
Reverence: has staked strong claim for sprint crown