Frankel secures ratings record
Thursday 23 August 2012
Frankel has cemented his place in the record books by becoming the first horse to notch an official rating of 140 on two occasions.
Sir Henry Cecil's superstar has broken out of the racing world into the wider public, prompting a 50% rise in crowds at York on the corresponding fixture in 2011.
His effortless seven-length victory over solid Group One performers such as Farhh and St Nicholas Abbey took his unbeaten run to 13 and saw him hit the 140 mark again.
Only Dancing Brave in the 1986 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe has recorded a higher figure of 141.
"To achieve 140 twice in his career is a ground-breaking performance by the world's best racehorse and he could yet go on to match or even top Dancing Brave's 141, perhaps on Qipco British Champions Day," said the British Horseracing Authority's head of handicapping, Phil Smith.
"I took into account the ease with which he went seven lengths clear to equate that to a nine-and-a-quarter-length victory, which at 1¾lb per length puts him 16lb clear of the pair who fought out second place.
"Farhh's rating has been raised from 122 to 124 to match that of St Nicholas Abbey, who was a nose behind him in third, while I have upgraded Nathaniel's mark in winning the Eclipse and finishing second in the King George to 125 from 124."