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Frankel: superstar won three awards at glittering ROA awards ceremony 

Frankel dominates at ROA awards ceremony

SUPERSTAR racehorse Frankel dominated proceedings at Thursday night's illustrious Racehorse Owners Association's Horseracing Awards when he was named the recipient of three of the glittering prizes on offer.

As well as being named horse of the year for the second successive year, Frankel, who retired to stud unbeaten after 14 races, also won the awards for miler and middle distance horse of the year. In addition, Frankel's owner Khalid Abdullah was named owner of the year for the third successive year.

The awards were voted for by ROA members, many of whom attended the 31st edition of the ceremony, sponsored by Bordeaux Fine Wines Ltd, which took place at London's Park Lane Hilton.

Another recently retired equine hero, Kauto Star, owned by Clive Smith, was also honoured at the event.

The winner of last season's Betfair Chase and King George VI Chase was voted chaser of the year, while four-time World Hurdle hero Big Buck's (Stewart Family) was named hurdler of the year.

Sprinter of the year went the way of Australian sensational Black Caviar (Gary Wilkie and Kerryn Wilkie et al), while the juvenile of the year award went to Royal Ascot and Dewhurst Stakes hero Dawn Approach (Godolphin).

The filly & mare of the year title was given to Irish Champion Stakes winner Snow Fairy (Cristina Patino's Anamoine Ltd), with Ascot Gold Cup winner Rite Of Passage (Dr Ronan Lambe) chosen as stayer of the year.

Among the novice ranks in jump racing, Arkle Trophy winner Sprinter Sacre (Caroline Mould) was voted novice chaser' of the year and Simonsig (Ronnie Bartlett), a winner at the Cheltenham and Aintree festivals, took the novice hurdler of the year category.

The special achievement award was given to Hunt Ball (Anthony Knott) who had a sensational 2012, wining four races and rising through the ranks before finishing third in the Grade 1 Betfair Bowl before most recently contesting the Paddy Power Gold Cup at Cheltenham last month.

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