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Five-time Group 1 winner St Mark’s Basilica holds on in front once again | Horse Racing News

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St. Mark's Basilica (second from left) drifts over the track, but only holds in the Irish Champion Stakes

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St. Mark’s Basilica (second from left) drifts over the track, but only holds in the Irish Champion Stakes

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The winner of the Narrow Irish Champion Stakes, St. Mark’s Basilica, has a similar small lead in the race for the Cartier Horse of the Year 2021.

The best of a three-way battle in Leopardstown last weekend brought the three-year-old, trained by Aidan O’Brien, his fourth Group 1 win of the season, after the Poule d’Essai des Poulains, the Prix du Jockey Club and the Coral Eclipse.

And it earned him 160 points at the Cartier Awards, just four ahead of Poetic Flare, who finished just under third at the Irish Champion.

Palace Pier (144) is in third place in the overall standings after defeating Poetic Flare in the Prix Jacques le Marois in Deauville last month and leads the table of older horses well ahead of Juddmonte International winner Mishriff (108).

The success in St. Leger last Saturday brought Hurricane Lane (140) to fourth place on the main list and he is also second behind the subjectivist standing on the sidelines in the competition for the best stayer.

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Hurricane Lane (blue, right) won the St. Leger in Doncaster

Hurricane Lane (blue, right) won the St. Leger in Doncaster

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Oaks and Irish Oaks winner Snowfall (136) remains the best three-year-old filly despite her shock defeat in the Prix Vermeille, while Starman leads the sprinter rankings.

After his success at the National Stakes, Godolphin’s Native Trail is the joint leader in the two-year-old colt category and shares this position with the Prix Morny winner Perfect Power.

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Native Trail: Third National Stake winner in four years for Charlie Appleby and Godolphin

Native Trail: Third National Stake winner in four years for Charlie Appleby and Godolphin

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