PAS DE PROBLEME FOR CRACKSMAN
Taken from Thoroughbred Daily News, 30th April 2018:
As far as Group 1 reintroductions go, Sunday's Prix Ganay was nothing other than straightforward for Anthony Oppenheimer's Champion Stakes Gr.1 hero Cracksman (FRANKEL) as he treated the ParisLongchamp crowd to an early-season treat.
Positioned behind the Godolphin pacemaker Wren's Day by Frankie Dettori, the 3-5 favourite avoided a tactical conundrum and although it took until just before the furlong pole to properly master that surprise package, he strode away in his FRANKEL-esque style to win by four lengths, with last year's winner Cloth of Stars finishing 3/4 of a length behind his little-known stablemate Wren's Day, a 24-1 shot, in third.
For John Gosden, it was mission accomplished with a welcome minimum of fuss. "That was a perfect race with a good even regular pace and they did not just quicken at the end," he said.
"He quickened very nicely and it was a great race for his first start of the season."
Gosden added: "The plan is definitely to come here for the first Sunday in October and he will run again soon, possibly in the Tattersalls Gold Cup. He's a stronger horse this year and is still growing. I'm very impressed with him. He was very good during the race and very relaxed afterwards, which was great to see. He's become a stronger, wiser horse this year and conserves his energy better - he is much cooler and Frankie rides him beautifully. Mr Oppenheimer
is talking about Ascot and the Prince of Wales's. If it's genuine good-to-firm, there's no reason we don't go there. You've got the Tattersalls Gold Cup and the Prince of Wales's and they are beautifully spaced. At some point he will have a
summer freshener before the Arc."
Dettori was equally impressed. "We went a nice pace, I sat second, kicked early. I thought the pacemaker was going a bit, but this horse has got another gear. He's good."
Anthony Oppenheimer added: "The new Longchamp is a lovely place and we are very happy to be here. I'm always nervous watching him, but he really was very good."
He continued: "They went quite quick, but Frankie gave him a lovely ride. It was on the faster side of good, so that was nice to see as we know he goes really well in softer ground. We think he will improve from that and hopefully we will now go to Ireland and then on to Royal Ascot. He wouldn't run in the Prince of Wales's if it was very firm, but other than that we will go there and we'll definitely come back for the Arc."
Having provided FRANKEL's take-off as a sire at Ascot six months ago, Cracksman could ensure the Juddmonte giant stays on an upward trajectory throughout 2018. His dam, the soft-ground loving Rhadegunda (Pivotal), was also responsible for Solario Stakes Gr.3 scorer Fantastic Moon and her three-year-old Military Band is held in some regard by Saeed bin Suroor despite finishing unplaced in Newmarket's Wood Ditton Stakes earlier this month.
The third dam is the 1000 Guineas and Sussex Stakes heroine On the House (Be My Guest), whose descendants include the Royal Lodge Stakes Gr.2 winner Leo and who is related to the Coronation Stakes Gr.1 winner Rebecca Sharp and these connections' Epsom Derby, Eclipse Stakes and Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe hero Golden Horn.
Date: 30 April 2018