Sizzling Cracksman just devastating in Champion Stakes repeat

    Frankel colt delivers six-length demolition job
  • Saturday 20 October 2018
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Cracksman returned to his brilliant best to register back-to-back triumphs in the Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot.

Wearing blinkers for the first time, the John Gosden-trained four-year-old blew the opposition away in the straight, on what was probably his last race before he embarks on a new career as a stallion.

Another Gosden runner, Maverick Wave, set the pace with Capri and Crystal Ocean on his heels. Frankie Dettori had to roust Cracksman early on to get into a decent position, but it was pretty smooth sailing after that.

Capri hit the front briefly in the straight, but once Dettori unleashed Cracksman, the race was over.

The 5-6 favourite quickly put daylight between himself and his rivals, as he romped home by six lengths.

Crystal Ocean was second with Czech Republic representative Subway Dancer running a massive race in third place, a further three-quarters of a length away.

It was a big-race treble for the Gosden team following the earlier victories of Stradivarius and Roaring Lion.

Gosden said: “It is super to have him back. Obviously he liked to get his toe in. He is by Frankel out of a Pivotal mare. Frankel won on any ground, but a Pivotal mare is a bit of a clue.

“Obviously he got very distracted at Royal Ascot by the girls (fillies) coming back in from the Duke of Cambridge.

“We waited for the King George and the ground was too firm, we looked at the Juddmonte International, we freshened him up didn’t go to Longchamp (for the Arc) and came here, where he was back to his best.

“I’m a great believer in putting a semi-blinker on as I’ve had a lot of luck with it down the years and it’s a little trick I learned in America.

“He is a hugely talented horse and he showed it again today and I’m sure he will be off to stud now.

“When he’s in the zone, he’s a very good horse. I would think it quite likely he’ll go to stud.

“He’s a four-year-old, turning five. He’s Frankel’s best son and it’s good to see him back to his best.”

Dettori said: “All the lights were on and when I kicked he went ‘whoosh’. It was brilliant. He did it all on his own.

“The blinkers worked and he was concentrating. I kept him away from Rhododendron and in the first bit of the race I knew he was good. He came good for me at the three and I knew we were in business then.

“You know when you are going twice as fast as the others, and I could celebrate.”

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