FRANKEL was confirmed as “The New Benchmark Of Equine Excellence” by the World Thoroughbred Rankings Committee yesterday (15th January) after a historical Recalibration of Ratings saw him rated 2lb ahead of nearest rival Dancing Brave.

Taken from the World Thoroughbred Rankings media release:

The British-trained four year old colt FRANKEL (GB) [140] remained unbeaten during 2012, adding five Group 1s to his tally and improving his 2011 rating of 136 to a new historical high of 140 in 2012. While he first attained that rating over 1600m in the Queen Anne Stakes (Gr.1) at Royal Ascot when he annihilated the field by 11 lengths and more, he also proved that he was equally good moved up in distance for the first time to 2000m in the Juddmonte International Stakes (Gr.1) at York.

Quite apart from achieving the highwater mark of 140 in these two races, what is astonishing about his career record is the fact that he ran to a mark of 130 or higher on eight separate occasions and on six of those occasions he achieved a race rating of 135 or higher. To put this sustained consistent brilliance in perspective, his nearest rival in recent times – Sea the Stars (IRE) [136] (2009) – achieved a race rating of 130+ on three occasions, and only one of those was 135 or higher. From a European perspective, while eight horses have been champion racehorse at both two and three years of age since the International Classifications commenced in 1977, FRANKEL (GB) this year became the first horse to be officially a champion (or joint champion) at two, three and four years of age during that period. An outstanding racehorse, it is fair to say in the circumstances that he constitutes a new benchmark for equine excellence on the racecourse.

Furthermore, a historical recalibration of ratings sees FRANKEL crowned officially the highest rated horse since the international rankings began in 1977, 2lb ahead of his nearest rival Dancing Brave (USA) [138 adjusted] (1986).

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Date: 16 January 2013