Frankel has been allotted an official rating of 123 following his wide margin victory in Saturday’s Group 2 Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes at Ascot.
Commenting on the rating, Matthew Tester, BHA Handicapper for two year olds, said:
“It was impossible not to be impressed with the style of Frankel’s win at Ascot on Saturday when landing the Royal Lodge by ten lengths. Whilst it is true that none of his opponents were likely to test a champion, the manner of his run and the huge winning margin has landed him an official rating of 123.
“This is easily the best Royal Lodge performance of the last twenty years and puts him well ahead of horses like Benny The Dip (113) and Mister Baileys (115), who won the race before success in the Derby and the 2,000 Guineas respectively the next year. Eltish at 118 is the next highest winner for this race and he went on to run 2nd in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile back in 1994.
“I can’t wait to see Frankel take on stronger opposition next time in the Dewhurst Stakes. In the last ten years the highest rated 2yos have been Johannesburg and New Approach, each of whom reached 126. It is sixteen years since Celtic Swing was credited with 130 for crushing his Racing Post Trophy opposition and it will be exciting to see if Frankel can hit those heights.”