Frankel is 7lbs clear of the rest of the world

The Freak known as Frankel will have up to 12lbs in hand on his rivals when he lines up for the Qipco QEII Stakes at Ascot this weekend.

A winner of all his eight career starts including the 2000 Guineas and the Sussex Stakes last time out, Frankel has been rated 142 by Timeform, putting him in exhauled company.

Frankel is rated just three pounds behind the immortal Sea Bird and ahead of such legends Dancing Brave, Dubai Millennium, Sea The Stars, Shergar and Vaguely Noble.

While Frankel will start a red hot favourite at Ascot on Saturday, Timeform is urging caution as many a champion has been turned over when expected to romp home.

Simon Rowlands, Head of Handicapping at Timeform, said: “Frankel’s lofty rating and remarkably dominant performances have invited comparisons with champions of yesteryear, such as the 144-rated Brigadier Gerard, who won the Guineas in 1971 and the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes in 1971 and 1972.

“While Frankel has proved impossible to beat so far, and has many pounds in hand of his rivals in Saturday’s race , it is worth remembering that even the all-time greats usually get turned over once or twice in their careers.

“Brigadier Gerard was famously beaten once in 18 starts, at long odds-on by Roberto at York.

“And it would be a shock of similar proportions if Frankel were to come unstuck on Saturday at a distance and on a course at which he has been so superior to everything put up against him.”

To win QEII – Betfair bet: 3-10 Frankel, 6-1 Immortal Verse, 8-1 Excelebration, 33-1 Cityscape, 39-1 Dick Turpin, 41-1 Dubawi Gold, 47-1 Side Glance, 84-1 Poets Voice, 159-1 Bullet Train, 249-1 Rio De La Plata.

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