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Frankel officially the greatest

ESPN staff
January 15, 2013

Frankel's stellar career has been capped off with the news he has been confirmed as the highest-rated horse in modern racing history.

Sir Henry Cecil's charge, unbeaten in his 14 career starts, has been allotted a final mark of 140 by the group of international handicappers who compile the World Thoroughbred Rankings.

The rating of 140 places him 2lb better than Dancing Brave, whose mark of 141 after the 1986 season has been downgraded to 138. Dancing Brave had been the highest rated since the international rankings system started in 1977, but the handicappers felt many horses from the 1970s and 80s had been handed elevated figures compared with what they would achieve today.

Jim Bolger's Dawn Approach, unbeaten in six races including the National Stakes and Dewhurst, was crowned champion European two-year-old on a mark of 124.

Unbeaten Australian sprinter Black Caviar, who tasted victory at Royal Ascot, earned a mark of 130 along with Aidan O'Brien's champion miler Excelebration.

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