Frankel and Dubawi take leading honours among TBA Flat awards
Godolphin, Ardad and Cable Bay also gained recognition
Dubawi and Frankel came out top in the Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association’s annual Flat statistics-based awards, calculated from British and Irish results throughout the calendar year.
Juddmonte’s Frankel claimed the BBA Silver Cigar Box as Britain’s leading sire by earnings in 2021, bringing an end to Dubawi’s eight-year reign of the award.
With 87 winners in Britain and Ireland amassing £5,209,199, Frankel gained eight new top-level winners in the year, four of whom were successful in Britain and Ireland, through Godolphin’s homebred Adayar, the Normandie Stud-bred Hurricane Lane as well as Snow Lantern and Inspiral.
In terms of individual Flat winners, Godolphin stalwart Dubawi, who turned 20 at the start of the new year, retained the Barleythorpe Stud Silver Cup for the fifth successive season.
The son of Dubai Millennium’s top domestic performers in 2021 included the Group 1 British Champions Sprint Stakes winner Creative Force.
Overbury Stud’s Ardad was awarded the Tattersalls Silver Salver for leading British-based first season sire by Flat earnings, having amassed 20 individual winners and £489,941 in prize money in 2021, courtesy of the likes of Middle Park Stakes winner Perfect Power and Group 3 Sirenia Stakes scorer Eve Lodge.
The Queen’s Silver Cup for leading British-based Flat breeder was awarded to Godolphin. Sheikh Mohammed’s thoroughbred breeding operation retained the award for the ninth consecutive year, topping the lists in terms of earnings.
Cable Bay won the British European Breeders’ Fund’s Stallion Special Merit Award for results from the 2021 Flat racing season. The award, decided upon by a panel of judges, was awarded to the Highclere Stud resident whose flagbearers included the consistent Group race performer Dragon Symbol, and Liberty Beach, winner of
the Group 2 Temple Stakes at Haydock.