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Frankel scoops Horse of the Year crown

ESPN staff
November 14, 2012
Frankel retired with an unbeaten record © PA Photos

Frankel made history as he became the first horse to be named Cartier Horse of the Year for a second successive season.

The colt, who took his unbeaten record to 14 races at the Champion Stakes at Ascot, has now been retired to stud.

Sir Henry Cecil's leading light won the Juvenile Colt prize in 2010 before scooping the top award last season after he won the 2000 Guineas.

"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 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."

"Frankel lit up all our lives with his magnificent performances in 2012 and during the previous two years," Harry Herbert, Cartier's racing consultant added.

"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."

Black Caviar won the Cartier Sprinter Award, while Camelot was named the top three-year-old colt after his victories in the 2000 Guineas, Epsom Derby and Irish Derby.

Meanwhile, it has been revealed that Frankel will command a fee of £125,000 to stand at stud during his first season as a stallion.

Philip Mitchell, Juddmonte Farms' general manager at Banstead Manor, said: "We believe our stallion roster is the best we have been able to offer breeders - and we are very excited with both of our new arrivals.

"The fee for Frankel reflects his merits as being perhaps the greatest racehorse we have ever witnessed. He is by Galileo, who is now recognised as the best sire in the world, and out of Kind, a winner of six races and herself a daughter of one of the most influential stallions in the history of thoroughbred breeding, Danehill."

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