Frankel hailed by senior British handicapper
"Frankel certainly wasn't running against significantly inferior horses today. They were some of the best he has faced, and yet he still went past them looking like a champion.
"It will be a very easy contest to rate, compared to some of his races because they have finished in the order we hoped they would. Frankel was on 140, Cirrus Des Aigles on 130, Nathaniel on 126 and so on. That helps us. The distance between the second and third was 2 1/2 lengths, and we would call that four pounds over this distance, so you would have to think they have run to their maximum.
"Then you have to assess the 1 3/4 lengths by which Frankel beat Cirrus Des Aigles," the handicapper continued. "I think he was value for a little more than that, although he wasn't as extravagant as in some of his other wins. I believe there was a little in the tank and that he was value for 2 1/2 lengths and possibly more, which makes Frankel's run today a 134-plus performance.
"We just don't get that level so consistently. Five years ago, in 2007, there was not a single 130-plus performance in the world, yet this horse does it time and again. Last year there were two horses in the world rated 130-plus, namely Frankel and Black Caviar, and Frankel has done it again this year.
Ranked as Europe's co-champion juvenile of 2010, Frankel aimed for the first British classic of 2011, the Group 1 Two Thousand Guineas. He used the Group 3 Greenham Stakes at Newbury as his prep, and even though he won handsomely by four lengths from Excelebration, his rank behavior was cause for concern. The wildly-talented colt would have to learn to harness his energy, not fritter it away by fighting Queally early.
But instead of trying to force Frankel to settle in the one-mile Guineas, his connections decided to let him rip to his heart's content. Frankel put on one of the most scintillating spectacles in the centuries-old history of Newmarket, scorching his rivals from flagfall to finish in a six-length tour de force.
Some wondered whether the budding superstar would jump up in trip for the Group 1 Derby over 1 1/2 miles at Epsom. Cecil knew his pupil better than that, however, and took the more conservative approach. Frankel would remain at a mile for the Group 1 St James's Palace at Royal Ascot. Meanwhile, Cecil and his team at Warren Place spared no efforts in teaching the headstrong colt to relax.
The lessons appeared to have taken root, for Frankel proved rateable in the opening stages. But Queally pushed the button too soon on the far turn. The exuberant Frankel opened up, only to tire in deep stretch. He held on by an uncharacteristically short three-quarters of a length, and the universal opinion was that he'd gotten away with a tactical blunder.
Frankel then stepped up to face an outstanding older miler in Canford Cliffs in the Group 1 Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood. Reverting to front-running tactics, Frankel ran Canford Cliffs -- the horse who had just beaten Goldikova -- off his feet.
Back at Goodwood to defend his title in the August 1 Sussex, Frankel romped by six lengths over Godolphin's progressive Farhh. In the process, he became the first horse ever to win the prestigious one-mile test twice.
Now that Frankel had a more relaxed attitude, he was ready to tackle a longer distance. The chosen target was, appropriately enough, the Group 1 Juddmonte International on August 22 at York.
The great Brigadier Gerard had met his Waterloo in that 1 5/16-mile affair, then known as the Benson and Hedges Gold Cup. But Frankel had no difficulty in winning the race sponsored by his owner.
Reserved far off a torrid pace, Frankel deployed his trademark ferocious speed down the homestretch. The added ground made no difference to him, as he pummeled Farhh and St Nicholas Abbey by a resounding seven lengths.
The 1 1/4-mile Champion Stakes was earmarked as his final outing, and Frankel did not disappoint.
"His final rating is not purely a BHA decision," Smith said, "but an international handicappers' decision, which will be discussed at the end of the year in Hong Kong among 20 handicappers.
"After today his 140-rating won't change. However it could go up, it could conceivably go down at that conference, although that is unlikely."
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