Harwood bemused by "extraordinary" move

  • Last Updated: January 15 2013, 17:51 GMT

Guy Harwood has labelled the decision to drop Dancing Brave's rating by 3lb as "extraordinary".

Khalid Abdulla: Owner of both Dancing Brave and Frankel

The move, announced on Tuesday means his 2000 Guineas and Arc winner is now rated 138 and Frankel is officially the highest-rated horse in the history of the rankings on 140.

The former trainer told Sky Sports News Radio: "Who's clever enough to decide that? I think it's absurd. Both are the best horses of their decade and it should be left at that."

"It sounds to be an extraordinary thing to do, to downgrade a horse. I don't know you can do that having used experts to give you an opinion. I'm not saying one horse is better than another but to downgrade one is extraordinary and probably out of order but clearly they've felt - whoever decided this - he (Dancing Brave) was over-rated."

Harwood admitted that he wasn't a big fan of using ratings to weigh up the merits of horses from different generations.

"At the end of the day trying to compare one great horse to another great horse is not a clever thing to do," he said.

"I could compare them by saying they were both great horses, the best horses of their decade. Who was the better of the two is an unfair question. If you really analyse it one won the Arc de Triomphe and the Guineas, one won at a mile in the Guineas and ten furlongs in the Juddmonte but never went up to a mile-and-a-half.

"I'm sure had he done so he'd have probably won the Arc so how do I compare one to the other? I can't."

The main consolation for Harwood is that Frankel, like Dancing Brave, is owned by Prince Khalid Abdulla.

"Fortunately he's not going to be too upset one way or the other and they were both great horses," said Harwood.

"He is a very fine man, he adores the sport and puts an enormous amount into it. He deserves his success, its wonderful seeing him having great horses. He has a wonderful breeding operation at the moment and its very well run."


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