Juddmonte Farms

CRACKSMAN DOMINANT IN CHAMPION STAKES

The son of FRANKEL won his second Champion Stakes Gr.1 at Ascot on Saturday by six lengths.

Taken from Thoroughbred Daily News, 21st October 2018

It was seven lengths 12 months ago and while the winning margin was slightly less on Saturday, the manner of the performance from Anthony Oppenheimer's Cracksman was practically identical as he dominated the feature Champion Stakes Gr.1. for a second time. Racing's most vivid reminder of the unparalleled racing prowess of his sire strode to the line in a relative victory lap with Crystal Ocean struggling six lengths behind in his wake. Capping a memorable afternoon for John Gosden, the 5-6 favourite needed restraint rather than urging from Frankie Dettori in contrast to when last seen at the Royal meeting and after surging to the fore at the top of the straight allowed his rider time to raise his whip in salute. "He's shown what he is, a high-class horse - when he's in the zone, he's very good and he's Frankel's best son," commented his trainer after completing a trio of wins in four of the main races on the day. "He won the Ganay in explosive style and I don't think he was quite the same after going down the hill at that pace at Longchamp - things were bothering him. He still managed to win at Epsom and run well in the Prince of Wales's when he wasn't with us mentally and he's a mighty impressive horse."

Date: 22 October 2018