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By Simon Jackson
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
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Frankel produced the performance of a lifetime when he won the opening race at Royal Ascot, a victory that may see him recognised as the best since official ratings began.
Victory in the Queen Anne Stakes was never in doubt for the Sir Henry Cecil trained superstar who extended his unbeaten run to 11 when easing to victory in the one mile, Group 1 contest.
The 11 length demolition of a top class field was widely considered to be the best of his career and Frankel, already rated as the best horse in the world, is now likely to be ranked as the best we have seen.
“The facts are that Frankel’s performance is likely to surpass anything witnessed in Timeform’s 64-year history,” Timeform’s flat editor, David Johnson said. “To give some perspective on just how phenomenal this effort was, in provisionally rating Frankel 147 we still have (second placed) Excelebration running more than a stone below his previous best of 133.
“A point worth emphasising is the consistency with which Frankel has produced such performances, this is the fifth time he has produced a rating above 140.”
Chief correspondent Jamie Lynch said: “Frankel has now proved himself the ultimate racehorse by breaking new ground in terms of ratings, and the thrilling aspect is we are only two races into his defining season.
“It’s not out of the question he could go higher still with different challenges ahead, including the tantalising prospect of meeting Camelot over a longer trip or targeting the Breeders’ Cup.”
Willie Carson, the five time champion jockey and now BBC commentator who won the Queen Anne Stakes on Lahib in 1992, is in no doubt that Frankel’s victory was the performance of a lifetime.
“It’s never been beaten on a racecourse anywhere in the world,” Carson said. “This is the best racehorse that you have ever seen, I have ever seen, that anyone will ever see.”
Sir Henry Cecil said: “He is a great, great horse.”