Frankel #1 in World Thoroughbred Racehorse Rankings
Compiled annually by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA), the World Thoroughbred Racehorse Rankings assess all horses rated at 115 or above by the World Thoroughbred Rankings conference that have competed during the calendar year. During the year World Thoroughbred Rankings (WTR) are published monthly, covering a six month period, with the most recently released analyzing the period May 1 through to November 6, 2012. It came as no surprise in horseracing circles that Frankel (GB) was ranked at #1 with a rating of 140. As the winner of all fourteen of the races he competed in, Frankel was recognized for demonstrating “exceptional consistency at the highest level”.
The #2 spot was a tie between Cirrus Des Aigles (FR) and Excelebration (IRE), both with 130 points. Among the achievements of Cirrus Des Aigles is his Prix Ganay (G1) victory where he crossed the finish line eight lengths ahead of his rivals and his win by nine lengths of the Qatar Prix Dollar (G2). Excelebration defeated Cityscape by three lengths in his victory at the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot, as well as crossing the finish line a length and a quarter ahead of competitors in the Prix du Haras de Fresnay-Le-Buffard Jacques Le Marois (G1) at Deauville.
With 127 points each, Wise Dan (USA) and Orfevre (JPN) share the third spot in the World Thoroughbred Rankings for the six month period ending November 6, 2012. Wise Dan claimed his third successive Grade 1 win when crossing the finish line in the Breeders’ Cup Mile at Santa Anita a length and a half ahead of Animal Kingdom. His other two victories were the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic at Church Downs and Arlington Park’s Arlington Million.
Fourth place is shared by I’ll Have Another (USA) and Nathaniel (IRE), each with 126 points, while the fifth place is shared by Bodemeister (USA), Fort Larned (USA), So You Think (IRE), each with 125 points. The final World Thoroughbred Rankings for 2012 will be published in January 2013 and no doubt horseracing fans will be eager to see which horse took top honors.
The International Federation of Horseracing Authorities was created in 1961 by amalgamating authorities of France, Great Britain, Ireland and the United States. The organizations main objectives are to coordinate rules relating to breeding, racing and wagering; uphold the quality and fairness of racing; to protect the welfare of horses, jockeys and spectators at racecourses; and to keep members up-to-date on trends and developments in horseracing. The IFHA publishes statics relating to breeding, racing and betting for each of its member countries.