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“FRANKEL CONFIRMED AS HIGHEST EVER RATED ON 147”
Ahead of the publication of Timeform’s flagship annual Racehorses of 2012 in March, they have just released their Global Rankings for 2012, confirming that Frankel is the highest-ever-rated horse in Timeform history on 147.
The Sir Henry Cecil-trained colt was awarded that rating following his breathtaking 11-length win in the Queen Anne at Royal Ascot back in June, a success that cemented his status as the leading miler for the second year running. In addition, his later victories in the Juddmonte International and Champion Stakes proved that Frankel was equally as outstanding at ten furlongs as shorter.
Frankel wasn’t the only superstar of 2012, with Australia’s unbeaten mare Black Caviar stretching her winning sequence to twenty-two, rounding off with a dramatic success at Royal Ascot.
Frankel and Black Caviar may have garnered the most headlines in 2012, but there were still some other notable performers. Cirrus des Aigles, beaten less than two lengths by Frankel in the Champion Stakes, became the leading horse in France for the second year running.
Frankel’s old rival Excelebration again made his presence felt in the top mile races that Frankel didn’t contest in 2012, winning the QEII most notably, though even he had to settle for minor honours at the Breeders’ Cup behind American miling sensation Wise Dan, whose essay in Racehorses charts his rise to the top from humble beginnings.
HIGHEST ANNUAL TIMEFORM RATINGS
BRIGADIER GERARD, TUDOR MINSTREL
ABERNANT, RIBOT, WINDY CITY
DANCING BRAVE, DUBAI MILLENNIUM, HARBINGER, SEA THE STARS,
SHERGAR, VAGUELY NOBLE
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