Originally Posted by Gringo180
Would Hawk Wings Lockinge demolition job be rated higher than Frankels Queen Anne win, I seem to remember he had Domedriver (who had just won the breeders cup mile the year before) about 15 lenghts back in 3rd??
Well he theoretically ran to at least 144/145 but didn't get that rating for winning it, he had an end of season rating OR of 134 ( wikipedia ) although the racing post says OR 137.
In The Lockinge.
He beat 2nd Where Or When 123 by 11l or 22lb giving a rating of 145.
He beat 3rd Olden Times 116 by 19l or 38lb giving a rating of 144.
He beat 4th Domedriver 119 by 20l or 40lb giving a rating of 159.
He beat 5th Reel Buddy 114 by 20 3/4l or 41 1/2lb giving a rating of 146.
Mad stuff, but if you take the two horses Olden times and Reel Buddy they ran to form with each other. Maybe he ran a one off freak race of 144, but because he couldn't repeat the task it couldn't be taken seriously.
He was a strange horse, take his Derby second to High Chaparral, a very underrated race IMO.
High Chaparral was given an OR of 126 for beating him 2l.
Third placed Moon Ballad 115 was beaten 14l or 21lb giving a possible 136 rating for High Chaparral and 133 for Hawkwing.
Fourth placed Jelani 106 was beaten 15l or 22 1/2lb giving a possible rating of 129/130 for High Chaparral and 126/127 for Hawkwing.
If High Chaparral hadn't been in the Derby, Hawkwing as a Champion 2yo who had gone on to win the Derby by 12l and the Lockinge by 11l would look like the horse he was, one capable of monster performances on his going days.