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Cracksman surrendered his unbeaten record in the 2017 Investec Derby but went down on his sword, being beaten three quarters of a length and a neck into third behind Wings Of Eagles and Cliffs Of Moher.
Frankie Dettori had to niggle a way some way out in the Epsom Classic but Cracksman responded gamely and was keeping on stoutly at the finish. Dettori picked up a four-day whip ban.
“I think Frankie [Dettori] found that the horse was still a bit immature mentally about the whole thing,” explained trainer John Gosden. “A couple of times, Frankie had to galvanise him, particularly at the top of the hill – you could see his elbows moving a little, it was even picked up by the commentator.
“He was running a bit babyishly – maybe he could have done with that other race beforehand – but he has run a grand race, he was just caught out for experience and wasn’t beaten far.”
Asked if the race panned out as expected, Gosden said: “We knew there was going to be a lot of pace, but the pacemakers were rather ignored, they were allowed to go and they took a bit of catching.
“On the whole, it is the sort of result we expected with Cliffs Of Moher, Cracksman and a 40-1 shot trained by Aidan, which we thought could happen.
“There are obviously a solid, even bunch of colts and we’d be happy for a rematch – Cracksman is in the Irish Derby and it wouldn’t bother me going there at all, it is a nice galloping track and it would suit him.”
Cracksman did indeed take his chance at the Curragh and finished a short head in front on Wings Of Eagles (subsequently found to be injured) but it still was not quite enough for victory, with Capri holding him off by a neck.
Cracksman had won on his debut as a two-year-old, at Newmarket, and won the Derby Trial at Epsom in April on his return.
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