• Cartier Awards

Frankel crowned Horse Of The Year

ESPN staff
November 16, 2011
Frankel capped a stunning season with victory in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes © PA Photos

Frankel was rewarded for carrying all before him over a mile by being named Cartier Horse Of The Year at an awards ceremony in London.

The three-year-old backed up a stunning juvenile campaign by maintaining his unbeaten record. The highlights were victories in the 2000 Guineas, St James's Palace Stakes, Sussex Stakes and Queen Elizabeth II Stakes.

Frankel, who is set to remain in training in 2012, beat off competition from Champion Stakes winner Cirrus Des Aigles, Eclipse and Irish Champion Stakes victor So You Think, Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe heroine Danedream and last year's winner Goldikova.

"He is out of the ordinary, there is no doubt about it," Frankel's trainer Sir Henry Cecil, who was formally Knighted on Tuesday, said. "He took time to settle, but he is getting there now. If he remains healthy and well he will be something to look forward to. It is great for the public, we need champions."

Cirrus Des Aigles landed the Older Horse prize, while David Simcock's Dream Ahead, winner of the July Cup, Betfred Sprint Cup and Prix de la Foret, lifted the Sprinter award.

Danedream came out on top in the Three-Year-Old Filly category, with Frankel the Colt winner.

Dabirsim, unbeaten in five starts, won the Two-Year-Old Colt award, while the Aidan O'Brien-trained Maybe was named top Two-Year-Old Filly. Maybe's stablemate Fame And Glory took the Stayer award.

Barry Hills, who enjoyed an outstanding training career and handed over his licence to son Charlie in August, was voted Cartier/Daily Telegraph Award Of Merit winner.

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