Golden Horn on par with Frankel
Emulating recent Derby and Eclipse winner Sea The Stars and other greats of the turf has now shot Golden Horn to an official rating of 130 from Phil Smith, head of the BHA handicapping system.
John Gosden’s stable star is now considered a three year old at a level par to that of Henry Cecil’s Frankel as a three year old who reached a rating of 130 following a destruction of the 2000 Guineas field at Newmarket in 2013.
Now one of only two three year olds to reach that level in the last 20 years and Golden Horn looks set to be confirmed the highest rated horse in the World this year. Frankel reached 140 which is the highest rating given to any horse since ratings were introduced.
Golden Horn is of course not yet finished and although unlikely to continue beyond a three year old campaign like Frankel did for his sporting connections, can still rank higher in the classifications should his progression continue.
Reported in the Racing Post – Phil Smith suggested his expectations would be for more to come…
“I would be disappointed if Golden Horn cannot go on and prove himself better than 130 as the season progresses as he is clearly a fast improving colt who on Saturday showed his versatility by making the running for the first time.
“Life will become harder for Golden Horn as the three-year-old weight for age allowance reduces by 2lbs per month across each distance as the season progresses but I have little doubt that he will be able to take that in his stride and continue to show that he is equally effective at ten furlongs and twelve furlongs.”
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