Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

A Cracking Prospect for Winning Duo

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

A Cracking Prospect for Winning Duo

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Byline: GARRY OWEN

CRACKSMAN can give the Dettori-Gosden partnership more Group 1 glory in the Champion Stakes at Ascot.

The Frankel colt has always enjoyed a lofty reputation but began to justify the hype when comfortably landing his maiden at Newmarket last back-end.

CRACKSMAN (3.50) didn't quite please everyone when just outpointing Permian on his return in the Epsom derby trial but the form of that race could not have worked out any better.

Pulled out of the Dante due to tacky ground at York, the colt was a little undercooked in the Epsom Derby but still ran a stormer in third behind Wings Of Eagles.

Just outstayed by future Leger hero Capri in the Irish Derby, he then showed he was still improving with a crushing victory in the Voltigeur at York.

The three-year-old was even better when waltzing away with the Prix Neil at Chantilly and I reckon he'll come on again dropped back to 1m 2f today.

Proven on soft, Cracksman can vindicate his connections' bold decision to skip the Arc with another brilliant performance.

Gosden said: "The way Enable was going I discussed it with owner Anthony Oppenheimer and we decided it was best to leave her alone in the Arc and to take a good look at the Champion and that's what we are doing.

"He has got the pace for 1m 2f but you definitely would not want a falsely-run race. He's done nothing but improve all year, so it would seem silly to bypass a race of this importance."

ORDER OF ST GEORGE (1.25) can land a trappy renewal of the Long Distance Cup for man of the moment Aidan O'Brien.

The five-year-old is probably the best stayer in the business right now and oozed class when adding last month's Irish St Leger to his CV at the Curragh.

A good fourth behind Enable over 1m4f in the Arc at Chantilly next time, the son of Galileo can get the better of a rematch with old rival Big Orange back over two miles. …

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