Article Date: 21-May-2012
British Horseracing Authority handicapper, Dominic Gardiner-Hill, has confirmed Frankel at a new rating of 138, 2lb higher than last year’s mark of 136, following his brilliant, five-length victory over Excelebration in Saturday’s JLT Lockinge Stakes at Newbury.
Assuming this domestic mark is ratified by Gardiner-Hill’s international colleagues, it will make Frankel the best horse since the modern-day World Thoroughbred Rankings (WTR) came into being when the USA joined them in 1996.
Only Dancing Brave in 1986 can claim a higher European rating of 141, but overall rating levels were dropped a few pounds when the USA joined the WTR so the ratings of these two Prince Khalid Abdulla-owned stars could, in fact, be similar.
Frankel will now be rated 6lb higher than the second placed horse in the current international rankings, Aussie sprinting superstar Black Caviar (132), who is due to arrive in Britain next month for her first overseas test at Royal Ascot.
Read the opinions of Nick Mordin, Kevin Blake and Ian Carnaby on Frankel in The Irish Field next Saturday
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