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Cracksman, a sonof Frankel, has established himself as one of the best middle-distance three-year-olds in training, although his connections are adamant he will not peak until next year.
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.
He made no mistake next time, routing the opposition in the Great Voltigeur Stakes at York, before following up in similar decisive style in the Prix Niel at Chantilly.
His connections believe that whatever he achieves this year, he will be much better next term.
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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