Frankel Heads for Greatness
In 1991 the Cartier Racing Awards were created by Cartier jewelers, and is an awards ceremony for the European horse racing community. Winners of these awards are chosen through a points system, which horses earn through their performance, combined with votes cast by journalists and readers, and recognition is awarded, with the most prestigious award being the Horse of the Year Award. At present a horse by the name of Frankel is leading in the points division in no less than two Cartier Awards categories.
Frankel is a talented Thoroughbred colt that is owned by Prince Khalid Abdulla and is trained by Sir Henry Cecil. Named after iconic horse trainer Bobby Frankel, this magnificent racehorse was foaled in 2008, sired by Galileo and out of the dam Kind. His grand sire is Sadler’s Wells and damsire is Danehill, giving him ideal racing genes. Some of his major wins include Royal Lodge Stakes and Dewhurst Stakes in 2010, with his 2011 victories including the 2 000 Guineas Stakes, Greenham Stakes, Sussex Stakes and the St. James’ Palace Stakes.
The points rankings for the various categories in the Cartier Awards are as follows. For the Horse of the Year: Frankel (136), So You Think (84), Treasure Beach (84), Canford Cliffs (80) and Goldikova (80). In the Older Horse Category, So You Think comes in first with 84 points, with both Canford Cliffs and Goldikova obtaining 80 points respectively. Under Three Year Old Colt, there is Frankel (136), Treasure Beach (84), Nathaniel (68) and Pour Moi (66). The top Three Year Old fillies are Blue Bunting (78), Golden Lilac (72) and Misty For Me (72). Two Year Old Colts include Chandlery (24), Family One (24) and Red Duke (20), with the Two Year Old Fillies being Best Terms (16) and Gamilati (16). There are two horses in the Stayer category, namely Fame and Glory (48) and Opinion Poll (45), with Dream Ahead (48), Society Rock (48) and Prohibit (45) being named in the Sprinter category. With Frankel leading in points in both the Horse of the Year Award and the Three Year Old Colts, it seems he is going to be making his way into the history annals of horse racing in spectacular fashion, and his trainer believes that he deserves the recognition as he sees Frankel as one of the best horses he has ever trained or been associated with.