Despite a shocking loss in the Champion Stakes at Ascot on Saturday that may have given some of his strongest competitors a chance to overtake Baaeed, the horse still holds the top spot in the Cartier Horse of the Year standings.
The four-year-old owned by Shadwell had the potential to increase his position at the top of the table after being sent off at a disadvantage in the 1m2f Group 1, but after failing to deliver, he placed only fourth behind Bay Bridge (80).
Modern Games (100) maintained his position as a contender for the three-year-old colt award behind Vadeni (124) after coming in second to Bayside Boy (48) in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, which was another unexpected outcome at the meeting.
In spite of a sluggish start that left nspiral (96) only sixth at 11-10 in the mile Group 1, the joint-trainers of nspiral, John and Thady Gosden, had success at the meeting with Emily Upjohn (64), who won the Fillies & Mares Stakes.
With a convincing victory in the Champions Sprint, Kinross has had a terrific season and added a second Group 1 to his resume, moving up the Horse of the Year (106) standings.
In the stayers’ class, Trueshan (32) has not performed as well as Kyprios (152) this year, but he prevailed against Coltrane (32) in a close race to win the Long Distance Cup for the third time.
At Newmarket’s Future Champions meeting Chaldean (56) landed the Dewhurst Stakes to put him in contention in the two-year-old colt division, while Commissioning (48) was well on top at the finish in the Fillies’ Mile.
The awards are decided by points gained in Pattern races plus the opinions of journalists and handicappers and a public vote, which opens on October 25.