Frankel Wins Horse of the Year Award
Equine superstar Frankel was crowned horse of the year for the second straight year at the Cartier Racing Awards yesterday.
Team Frankel, including owner Khalid Abdullah; trainer Sir Henry Cecil and jockey Tom Queally, were also presented with the order of merit for their amazing achievements with the wonder horse.
Cecil, who was unable to attend the event because of his battle with stomach cancer, was delighted to win both awards.
“All of us at Warren Place are thrilled that Frankel’s achievements this year have been recognised with him winning this most prestigious award for the second time running,” Cecil said.
“Frankel has been a great ambassador for British racing and has captured the hearts of so many people, some of whom have never previously been racing in their lives.”
The award winners are decided by points earned in Group races throughout the racing season as well as votes cast by racing journalists and readers of the Racing Post newspaper.
Cartier’s racing consultant Harry Herbert revealed at the ceremony that Frankel had received the highest amount of points in the history of the awards.
“Frankel lit up all our lives with his magnificent performances in 2012 and during the previous two years,” Herbert said.
“He is the most successful horse in the 22-year history of the Cartier Racing Awards and that is no surprise given his domination of so many races.”
Frankel wasn’t the only undefeated racing superstar to be awarded with champion Australian mare Black Caviar named sprinter of the year while Godolphin duo Certify and Dawn Approach won the champion two-year-old awards.
Godolphin also took home the champion stayer award with Colour Vision awarded for his win in the Group 1 Gold Cup.
Aiden O’Brien-trained Camelot was named champion three-year-old colt while Nassau Stakes winner The Fugue claimed the champion three-year-old filly award.
The covering fee for Frankel was set in the aftermath of the awards with Abdullah deciding on a £125,000 price tag for the recently retired stallion.