Frankel and Sir Henry Cecil were honoured at Tuesday's Cartier AwardsPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Cecil thrilled as Frankel is horse of the year again
TEAM Frankel celebrated more success at the Cartier Racing Awards on Tuesday when they earned the award of merit title to go with the superstar colt being crowned horse of the year for the second time.
Trained by Sir Henry Cecil for owner-breeder Khalid Abdullah, Frankel stretched his unbeaten run to 14 with five victories this term, each achieved in impressive style.
The son of Galileo was also named champion older horse, taking his tally of Cartier awards to a record five.
Cecil, who has suffered from stomach cancer this year, was unable to attend the ceremony at the Dorchester Hotel, but 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 has been a great ambassador for British racing and has captured the hearts of so many people, some of whom have never previously been racing in their lives."
Cecil, who has described Frankel as the best horse of all time, added: "Thank you Frankel and to everyone that has voted for him."
Paying tribute to the star of the 2012 Flat season, Cartier's racing consultant Harry Herbert said: "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."
The team behind Frankel - led by Abdullah's racing manager Teddy Grimthorpe - were also recognised with the Cartier/Daily Telegraph award of merit.
"The horse was named in honour of one extraordinary conditioner [Bobby Frankel] and trained by another," said Grimthorpe.
"I have been in racing long enough to know this is a once in a lifetime experience.
"Frankel has set the standard by which all future champions will be judged. He is undoubtedly Prince Khalid's greatest breeding triumph. He has captured everybody's heart.
"Frankel has dominated our lives both personally and professionally. It has been an experience and an extraordinary journey which has just captivated us - an experience we will treasure forever."
Cartier winners are determined by points earned by horses in Pattern races throughout 2012, combined with the opinions of racing journalists and votes from readers of the Racing Post and The Daily Telegraph.
The 2,000 Guineas and Derby winner Camelot, who also captured the Irish Derby but was foiled in his Triple Crown bid in the St Leger, followed in Frankel's footsteps in the three-year-old category.
The fillies' equivalent went to The Fugue, champion trainer John Gosden's Nassau Stakes heroine.
Godolphin's unbeaten Dawn Approach was named champion two-year-old colt, while Fillies' Mile winner Certify, who also runs in the royal blue silks, took the honours for her sex.
Horse of the year and champion older horse: Frankel
Award of merit: Team Frankel
Champion two-year-old filly: Certify
Champion two-year-old colt: Dawn Approach
Champion three-year-old colt: Camelot
Champion three-year-old filly: The Fugue
Champion sprinter: Black Caviar
Champion stayer: Colour Vision