Which Are The Top 5 Timeform Rated Horses Of All Time?

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The Timeform ratings have long provided the most reliable guide to the ability of racehorses. The rating system is very similar to the Beyer Speed Figures which are used in America. Any horse that achieves a rating of over 140 is regarded as being outstanding.

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An average Group 1 winner will be rated between 125 and 129. The average Listed race winner is likely to have a rating of 100-105. Let’s take a look at the racehorses to have been given the highest ratings…

#1 Frankel

Frankel was sired by Galileo and out of a dam called Kind. This British bay stallion was foaled in 2008 and bred by Juddmonte Farms.

Notable victories included the Royal Lodge Stakes (2010), the Dewhurst Stakes (2010), the Greenham Stakes (2011), the 2,000 Guineas Stakes (2011), the St. James’s Palace Stakes (2011), the Sussex Stakes (2011, 2012), the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (2011), the Lockinge Stakes (2012), the Queen Anne Stakes (2012), the International Stakes (2012) and the Champion Stakes (2012).

Awards he received include 1st in World Thoroughbred Rankings (2011, 2012), European Horse Of The Year (2011, 2012), European Champion Two-Year-Old Colt (2010), European Champion Three-Year-Old Colt (2011) and European Champion Older Horse (2012).

His Timeform rating was 147.

#2 Sea Bird

Sea Bird was a French chestnut stallion, out of Sicalade and sired by Native Dancer. He was bred by Jean Ternynck and trained by Etienne Pollet.

Some of his most famous wins include the Critérium de Maisons-Laffitte (1964), the Prix Greffulhe (1965), the Prix Lupin (1965), the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud (1965), the Epsom Derby (1965) and the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (1965).

His accolades include British Horse of the Year (1965) and entry into the French Horse Racing Hall of Fame.

Sea Bird’s Timeform rating was 145.

#3 Brigadier Gerard

Brigadier Gerard was foaled in 1968 and bred by John Hislop. Dick Hern was the trainer of this bay stallion who won the Washington Singer Stakes (1970), the Middle Park Stakes (1970), the 2,000 Guineas (1971), the St. James’s Palace Stakes (1971), the Sussex Stakes (1971), the Goodwood Mile (1971), the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (1971 & 1972), the Champion Stakes (1971 & 1972), the Westbury Stakes (1972), the Lockinge Stakes (1972), the Prince of Wales’s Stakes (1972), the Eclipse Stakes (1972) and the K. George VI & Q. Elizabeth Stakes (1972).

Brigadier Gerard was named British Horse of the Year (1972) and was awarded a Timeform rating of 144.

#4 Tudor Minstrel

Tudor Minstrel was sired by Owen Tudor and out of a dam called Sansonnet. He was a brown British stallion who was foaled in 1944. Tudor Minstrel was bred and trained by John Arthur Dewar.

His most important victories were in the Coventry Stakes (1946), the National Breeders’ Produce Stakes (1946), the 2,000 Guineas (1947), the St. James’s Palace Stakes (1947) and the Knights Royal Stakes

Tudor Minstrel was named United Kingdom Champion 2-Yr-Old Colt (1946) and ended his career with a Timeform rating of 144.

#5 Abernant, Ribot & Windy City (3-Way Tie)

Three horses are currently tied for fifth place and all foaled in the 1940s and 1950s. They are Abernant, Ribot and Windy City.

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