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Frankel is Horse of the Year again.

FRANKEL has been named Cartier Horse Of The Year for the second time at an awards ceremony in London.

Having won the award last year, Frankel joins Ouija Board on the list of dual winners. Ed Dunlop's mare won the accolade in 2004 and 2006.

Owned and bred by Prince Khalid Abdullah, Frankel is now standing at the Prince's Banstead Manor stud in Newmarket.

He was trained throughout his unbeaten 14-race career by Sir Henry Cecil, who said: "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."

Unfortunately Cecil was not well enough to attend the ceremony.

Frankel beat three-time Classic winner Camelot, Nathaniel, Cirrus Des Aigles and Excelebration to the main award and was also named the winner of the Cartier Older Horse category.

The Cartier/Daily Telegraph Award of Merit has gone to Team Frankel. This award goes to those who have done most throughout their lifetime or the past 12 months to promote European racing and/or breeding.

Black Caviar took the Cartier Sprinter Award, Camelot won the three-year-old category, The Fugue was crowned the best three-year-old filly while Dawn Approach was crowned two-year-old champion colt and Certify the best juvenile filly.

Ascot Gold Cup winner Colour Vision won the Cartier stayers category.

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

"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."

JUDDMONTE Farms have announced that Frankel will stand at stud for a fee of PS125,000 for his first season as a stallion.

Rated as the best racehorse in the world after ending his career unbeaten in 14 races, he will be based at owner Khalid Abdullah's Banstead Manor Farm in Newmarket.

He will be joined on the roster by the former Roger Charlton-trained sprinter Bated Breath who will command a fee of PS8,000.

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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Nov 15, 2012
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