Juddmonte Farms

CRACKSMAN WINS EPSOM DERBY TRIAL

The Anthony Oppenheimer owned/bred Cracksman (FRANKEL) is now unbeaten in two starts after winning the Derby Trial at Epsom, despite at one point getting boxed in.

Trainer John Gosden said after the race: "They went no pace and he was truly shut in and couldn't get out. I was delighted at how he picked up. I did say to the owner before, this horse is pretty laid-back and very inexperienced on the track. I think more pace and he would have won easier. I like the fact he finished strong.

"They talk about FRANKELs being over exuberant; this guy is so laid-back. I'm very pleased with him and he will come on a bundle for it. We will go for another run, whether it is Chester or York, we will see how he comes out of the race."

Jockey Frankie Dettori added: "He has been very green and lazy at home. We got him here to educate him. Everything fell right. He jumped OK and got a nice tow into the race. They slowed him right up and it was a three-furlong sprint, which would not suit this horse but at least he learnt how to quicken down the hill and get out of trouble. It was a good, educational run."

Date: 26 April 2017