After his brilliant performance in the Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot, Cracksman has officially been rated as the best horse in Europe.
His score of 130 puts the Frankel colt 2lb ahead of his stablemate Enable, who also won the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes and Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe this season.
Dominic Gardiner-Hill, the British Horseracing Authority handicapper, said, “With due respect to his stable companion Enable, and notwithstanding the decisions of the World’s Best Racehorse Ranking Committee which will meet in Hong Kong in December, it is my belief that Cracksman put up the best performance we have seen in Europe this year.”
He went on to say that his seven-length success was “extremely impressive” visually and the fact that he ran the fastest final furlong of the afternoon “confirms the merit of the performances and I have raised his mark 8lb from 122 to 130.”
Gardiner-Hill explained that the figures he awarded were not a slight on Enable as they are “a measure of performance rather than a measure of the inherent ability of the horse”. He went on to say that it is not known how good Enable is and by the same logic “we don’t know the limits of Cracksman’s ability at the present time”.
He added, “It is my opinion that the latter’s performance on Saturday was better than her efforts in winning both the King George and the Arc. Do bear in mind, though, that she received the 3lb allowance for fillies in both those races as she would if taking on Cracksman. At present it looks as though both will stay in training next year and that should provide the exciting opportunity for us to find out more about both.”