Frankel was named the best racehorse in the world on Tuesday afternoon when the World Thoroughbred Rankings (WTR) were published.
The Sir Henry Cecil trained colt was given a rating of 136, which was the same mark given to Sea The Stars at the end of his three year old career in 2009. Frankel began his three year old career with a smooth success in the Greenham Stakes at Newbury before blowing away his rivals and marking himself down as a colt of exceptional ability when he landed the 2000 Guineas in spectacular fashion.
While many would see his rating of 136 as a very high mark, the Racing Post senior handicapper Paul Curtis feels that his rating could have been higher. “The official figures come under far greater pressure now than the early days of purely European competition when 140s where handed out like sweets,” explained the senior Racing Post handicapper.
“The relevance of comparison with past rankings, certainly pre-1995 when US horses where included for the first time, is questionable.
“Even so, Frankel could have ranked higher still and his Racing Post Rating of 139+ is the best recorded on turf since RPRs began in 1986. Although the rankings parameters have changed several times since then, the past figures are still there in the record books and it seems wrong that Frankel should rate behind the likes of Generous and Peintre Celebre.”
The Coolmore/Ballydoyle axis also had cause for celebration as one of their horses, Camelot was named as joined highest rated two year old alongside the unbeaten French colt Dabirism on a mark of 119.
WTR TOP 20 OVERALL
1 Frankel (GB) 136
2 Black Caviar (Aus) 132
3 Cirrus Des Aigles (Fra) 128
5 Canford Cliffs (GB) 127
7 Dream Ahead (GB) 126
So You Think (Ire)
11 Rocket Man (Sing) 125
Twice Over (GB)
14 Drosselmeyer (USA) 124
St Nicholas Abbey (Ire)
17 Acclamation (USA) 123
Strong Suit (GB)
Suffixes refer to country trained