Frankel named Horse Of The Year

Updated: November 16, 2011

Frankel was named Cartier Horse Of The Year at a glittering awards ceremony in London last night.

The three-year-old, owned and bred by Khalid Abdullah and trained by Sir Henry Cecil, swept all before him in 2011, taking his unblemished record to nine with victories that included the 2000 Guineas, St James’s Palace Stakes, Sussex Stakes and Queen Elizabeth II Stakes.

The Galileo colt will remain in training for 2012, when he is likely to step up in distance to 10 furlongs.

In landing the award he saw off competition from Champion Stakes winner Cirrus Des Aigles, Coral-Eclipse and Irish Champion Stakes scorer So You Think, Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe heroine Danedream and last year’s horse of the year Goldikova.

Cirrus Des Aigles, trained by Corine Barande-Barbe, landed the Older Horse prize, while the David Simcock-trained Dream Ahead, winner of the July Cup, Betfred Sprint Cup and Prix de la Foret, lifted the Sprinter award.

Danedream, who won the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in record time, came out on top in the Three-Year-Old Filly category, with Frankel the Colt winner.

Dabirsim, unbeaten in five starts for trainer Christophe Ferland, won the Two-Year-Old Colt Award, while the Aidan O’Brien-trained Maybe also went through her first campaign undefeated to be named top Two-Year-Old Filly.

Her 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 this year’s Cartier/Daily Telegraph Award Of Merit winner.

Hills, 74, sent out more than 3,200 career winners in an illustrious career that began in 1969.

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