Cartier Awards 2012: Frankel sweeps the board and takes top honour for second year

Frankel left horses trailing in his wake on the racecourse in his 14 race career and he did so once more last night when he swept the boards at the Cartier Racing Awards in London on Tuesday evening.

The Sir Henry Cecil trained colt was voted Cartier Horse Of The Year, the leading Older Horse and, just for good measure, Team Frankel won the Daily Telegraph Award of Merit.

Though Yeats and Ouija Board won four Cartier awards apiece during their long careers, they have been eclipsed by Frankel. He now becomes the most decorated horse in 22 years of these awards with five, six if you include the Award of Merit. As a juvenile he was Two-Year-Old Colt while last year he was Three-Year-Old Colt and Horse Of The Year.

Tuesday night’s glittering ceremony, which took place at the Dorchester in London, was attended by racing’s great and good with the notable exception of Cecil whose low immune system kept him away from a crowd just as it had done at Goodwood this summer.

Cecil did, however, pass on a message, saying: “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.

“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.”

Arnaud Bamberger, executive chairman of Cartier, summed it saying: “This year we have seen some of the greatest performances ever seen in racing. The mighty Frankel – wow.”

There was hardly a dry eye in the house, however, by the time Team Frankel – the dozen people who have been closest to the colt from the planning of his breeding through to the moment he returned to Banstead Manor Stud last week – were called up on stage, to a standing ovation, to collect their Award after a moving film of the colt’s career and interviews with the key players.

Included in the team was his lad Sandeep Gauravaram, Dee Deacon, headgirl at Warren Place, work-rider Shane Featherstonhaugh, jockeys Tome Queally and Ian Mongan, his farrier, the secretary, travelling headlad, Lord Grimthorpe, Philip Mitchell and three others from the stud.

Marcus Armitage, The Telegraph
14 November 2012

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His official rating of 140 is the highest since the World Thoroughbred Rankings records began in 1977.