Frankel - Cartier Horse of the Year
Frankel - Cartier Horse of the Year

Frankel - Cartier Horse of the Year

(Photo : Irish Examiner)


Dorchester Hotel, London

13 November 2012

Prince Khalid Abdullah’s recently retired, unbeaten Frankel (GB) (Galileo) has been named Cartier Horse of the Year for a second straight year at London’s Dorchester Hotel. The homebred 4-year-old also emerged victorious in the Cartier Older Horse category, and the Cartier/Daily Telegraph Award of Merit was awarded to ‘Team Frankel,’ which includes all those who contributed to the horse’s development at Juddmonte Farms in Britain and Ireland, plus those assembled by Sir Henry Cecil to train him.

“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,” commented trainer Sir Henry Cecil, who was unable to attend the ceremony. “Frankel, with his brilliance, has been a great ambassador for British racing and has captured the hearts of so many people, some of whom have never been racing in their lives. Thank you Frankel, and to everyone that has voted for him.”

In the Horse of the Year category, Frankel triumphed over three-time Classic winner Camelot (GB) (Montjeu), Cirrus des Aigles (Fr) (Even Top), Excelebration (Ire) (Exceed and Excel) and Nathaniel (Ire) (Galileo).

Australian superstar Black Caviar (Aus) (Bel Esprit), whose unbeaten streak of 22 wins includes Royal Ascot’s G1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes, won the Cartier Sprinter award. Camelot, winner of the G1 2000 Guineas, G1 Epsom Derby and G1 Irish Derby, held sway in the Cartier 3-Year-Old Colt award, while G1 Nassau Stakes victress The Fugue (GB) (Dansili) gained the Cartier 3-Year-Old Filly award. Godolphin runners dominated the juvenile categories with the unbeaten G1 Vincent O’Brien National Stakes and G1 Dewhurst Stakes-winning Dawn Approach (Ire) (New Approach) bagging the colts’ division, and unbeaten G1 Fillies’ Mile victress Certify (Elusive Quality) winning the fillies’ title. Godolphin earned a third prize on the night with G1 Gold Cup hero Colour Vision (Fr) (Rainbow Quest) taking the honours in the Cartier Stayers category.

“Frankel lit up all our lives with his magnificent performances in 2012 and during the previous two years,” commented Cartier’s racing consultant Harry Herbert. “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. Sir Henry Cecil thinks there has never been a better racehorse and tonight we celebrate Frankel’s achievements and those of the team behind him.”

The Cartier Awards were established in 1991 to reward excellence in horseracing. They are determined by points earned by horses in pattern races throughout 2012, combined at the end of season with the opinions of a panel of racing journalists and votes from readers of Britain’s Racing Post and Daily Telegraph.

Extract from Thoroughbred Daily News