Frankel became the first horse to win consecutive Cartier Horse of the Year honors when he secured the title at the Nov. 13 ceremony honoring Europe's top 2012 performers.
The undefeated 4-year-old colt by Galileo joined Ouija Board (in 2004 and 2006) as the only other two-time Horse of the Year. Frankel also was named the Cartier Older Horse champion; he finished his racing career with championship honors in each of the three seasons he raced and earned a total of five Cartier Awards.
In addition, Team Frankel was honored with the Cartier/Daily Telegraph Award of Merit which goes to the person or persons who, in the opinion of the special 16-strong Cartier Jury, “has done the most for European racing or breeding either over their lifetime or within the past 12 months.” Team Frankel includes all the people who contributed to the horse's development at Juddmonte Farms in Britain and Ireland plus those assembled by Cecil to train him.
Trainer Sir Henry Cecil, who has been battling stomach cancer, was unable to attend the awards, but said in a statement, “All of us at Warren Place are thrilled that Frankel's achievements this year have been recognized with him winning this most prestigious award for the second time running. 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.”
Other winners included the undefeated Black Caviar, who was named Champion Sprinter, and Camelot, Champion 3-year-old colt.
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