Cartier Racing Awards 2011

One of the year's shortest priced favourites duly romped home last night as Frankel was named Cartier Horse of the Year at the 2011 Cartier Racing Awards.

Khalid Abdullah’s three-year-old colt swept all before him, just as he has now done nine times on the racecourse, by also winning in the Cartier Three Year Old Colt category. Lord Grimthorpe, racing manager for Abdullah, collected the awards at an event at London's Dorchester Hotel last night. Frankel was following up his success the previous year in the two-year-old category, and has become the first horse to go on from this to win the top award in his Classic season.

During the year Frankel's run in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes had earned him a place alongside Dubai Millennium as the highest-rated horse in Racing Post Ratings history with a mark of 139+.

Earlier in the day Frankel's trainer, Henry Cecil, was at an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace where he received his knighthood from the Queen. The 10 times champion flat trainer described his title as "the biggest honour I’ll get in my lifetime." He went on to look at what might have been. "I was the first person from my prep school to fail, entry to Eton so I think I was qualified to be a Porter – I've been very lucky. My life has been full of challenges and I'm very honoured to receive this."

One of the good things about the Cartier awards is that they are not restricted to horses trained in Britain, and this year, alongside the usual mix of Irish and French horses, there was a first ever German winner in Danedream in the Three Year Old Filly category.

The winners were:

Horse of the Year: Frankel
Older Horse: Cirrus Des Aigles
Two Year Old Colt: Dabarsim
Two Year Old Filly: Maybe
Three Year Old Colt: Frankel
Three Year Old Filly: Danedream
Sprinter: Dream Ahead
Stayer: Fame And Glory
Daily Telegraph Award of Merit: Barry Hills

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