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Frankel - Ascot - 20/10/2012

Frankel: retired superstar was unbeaten in 14 races

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Racing gears up for
final Frankel rating

FANS of Frankel will on Tuesday discover if the star of last season has equalled or even surpassed the brilliant Dancing Brave as the best horse on official ratings.

The 2012 World Thoroughbred Rankings, which started as the International Classifications in 1977, will be released at noon on Tuesday when the racing world will learn if Frankel's rating of 140 will be upgraded to match that of Dancing Brave, who secured a figure of 141 for his scintillating Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe success in 1986.

Frankel, unbeaten in a 14-race career which included ten Group 1 triumphs, already stands alongside greats such as Alleged and Shergar on 140, which is 4lb more than Sea The Stars' best mark and the rating the son of Galileo achieved when crowned the world's best 12 months ago.

Trained by Sir Henry Cecil for Dancing Brave's owner Khalid Abdullah, Frankel is 10lb clear of Cirrus Des Aigles and Excelebration, ranked the second-best horses of 2012 when the last list was published in November.

He was also named best two-year-old in 2010, although had to share that honour with Dream Ahead.

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