Timeform Global Rankings 2012:
Frankel confirmed as highest ever rated on 147
Ahead of the publication of their flagship annual Racehorses of 2012 in March, Timeform have released their Global Rankings for 2012, confirming that Frankel is the highest-rated horse in their 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.
Frankel's essay in Racehorses, in addition to providing a full review of another unbeaten campaign, when most of his rivals were again beaten "by a comfortable margin, like a chainsaw going through balsa wood", puts his overall achievements in an historical context ("the first horse since Abernant to be champion at two, three and four") by drawing comparisons with greats of the past whom he supplanted at the top of Timeform's all-time rankings.
Additionally, a comprehensive reasoning behind his 147 rating is provided, as well as a description of Timeform's handicapping methods more generally, "In the case of the Queen Anne, the calculations for 'race standardisation' and `prior-rating standardisation' both pointed to Frankel's performance being worth a Timeform rating in the mid-140s at least. Frankel's rating of 147 was not arrived at by assuming that the performance of one of the beaten horses could decide the entire level of the race. Indeed, the ratings for Frankel's Queen Anne Stakes do not have a single horse in the race running, conveniently or by chance, to its rating going into the race".
15 January 2013