FRANKEL has been confirmed as the best horse since official
classifications began in 1977 after Dancing Brave's previous high of 141
was downgraded 3lb by World Thoroughbred Rankings handicappers on
That leaves Frankel at the top of the pile on 140 after Alleged and Shergar were dropped from that mark to 134 and 136.
In October it was revealed the 141 allotted to Dancing Brave for his
brilliant Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe success in 1986 was in part awarded
as a present for retiring handicapper David Swannell.
Modern-day assessors have, however, revised that rating and Frankel,
unbeaten in a 14-race career which included ten Group 1 wins, now stands
"Frankel is the new benchmark for equine excellence," said Garry
O'Gorman, senior handicapper of the Turf Club and co-chairman of the
World Rankings Supervisory Committee.
The WTR, which started as the International Classifications in 1977,
were revealed in a London hotel on Tuesday and featured Cirrus Des
Aigles, runner-up to Frankel in the Champion Stakes in October, in
second place on the list on 131, 1lb higher than crack miler
Excelebration and star sprinter Black Caviar.
Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner I'll Have Another, whose career
ended through injury before he could bid for Triple Crown glory in the
Belmont Stakes, was best three-year-old colt.