Text size:

  • Small
  • Normal
  • Large

Frankel named Horse of the Year

Owned and bred by Prince Khalid Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, and trained by Henry Cecil, Frankel also won the three year old colt category at the 21st staging of the awards last night.

Unbeaten Frankel has been named Horse of the Year at the 2011 Cartier Racing Awards.

Owned and bred by Prince Khalid Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, and trained by Sir Henry Cecil, Frankel also won the three year old colt category at the 21st staging of the awards last night.

Branded the Usain Bolt of horse racing, Frankel was last month calculated to be worth 100 million (Dh579.4m) by one of Britain's biggest bloodstock agencies.

Now unbeaten in nine starts, Frankel's season included victories in the 2,000 Guineas, the St James's Palace Stakes, the Sussex Stakes and a spectacular performance in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot last month.

Frankel is set to continue racing as a four year old next season, when a step up in distance could further cement his reputation as one of the greatest racehorses of all time.

Founded in 1991, the Cartier Racing Awards cover European horse racing. Winners are decided by points earned in group races plus votes cast by British racing journalists and readers.

After last month's win in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot, Frankel was given a rating of 143 by Timeform, their fourth-highest of all time for flat racing behind Sea Bird II (145), Brigadier Gerard and Tudor Minstrel (both 144).

Back to the top

More articles


Editor's Picks

 Al Ahli's Ismail Al Hammadi, left, battles for the ball during the Arabian Gulf Cup final between against Al Jazira at Hazza bin Zayed Stadium on April 19, 2014. Al Hammadi hit the game-winner in the 81st minute for Ahli. Al Ittihad

Al Ahli maintain course for domestic treble with victory over Al Jazira in Arabian Gulf Cup

Al Ahli maintained their hopes of a domestic treble with a superb comeback victory against Al Jazira in the Arabian Gulf Cup final on Saturday night.

 Alex Kacaniklic, left, of Fulham tackles Christian Eriksen of Tottenham Hotspur during their Premier League match at White Hart Lane on April 19, 2014, in London, England. Clive Rose / Getty Images

Tottenham keep pace in chase for European places with victory over Fulham

Swansea appear to be safe after rallying past Newcastle while Crystal Palace continue their winning streak

 On a track described as a ‘tyre-killer’ in Shanghai, Lewis Hamilton went untested on his way to a 34th pole – the most by a British driver – yesterday. Carlos Barria / Reuters

Hamilton has sympathy for fans hung out to dry with wet tyre rules

The Briton takes his career's 34th pole - the most by a British driver - but sympathises it was not ideal for the ticket-paying public.

 Yuzvendra Chahal, centre, and the Royal Challengers Bangalore teammates celebrate after the bowlers set up an easy win over Mumbai Indians. Pawan Singh / The National

Bowlers set up Bangalore as Patel stand tall over Mumbai

Mumbai bowlers gave early hope but Parthiv Patel and AB de Villiers' unbeaten stand of 99 ensures second defeat for the men in blue in Dubai.

 Roelof Kotzee is leading UAE to unchartered territory. Sarah Dea / The National

UAE step into the unknown ahead of Asian Five Nations

Performance manager Roelof Kotze will give 12 players their first experience of international rugby, but there is also minimal information on Singapore ahead of first Test in Dubai on Wednesday, reports Paul Radley.

 Novak Djokovic of Serbia winces in pain during his semi-final match against Roger Federer of Switzerland at the Monte Carlo Masters on April 19, 2014. Federer prevailed to set up an all-Swiss final with Stanislas Wawrinka. SEBASTIEN NOGIER / EPA

Ailing Djokovic will ‘just rest now’ while Nadal not pressing the panic button

Djokovic says only rest will help is injured right wrist after he falls to Roger Federer on Saturday, and Nadal suffers just his third career defeat in Monte Carlo when he slumped to a shock 7-6, 6-4 quarter-final loss to compatriot Ferrer on Friday.

Events

To add your event to The National listings, click here

Get the most from The National