Turf Talk: Owner plays it safe with Cracksman

Trainer John Gosden.
Trainer John Gosden.
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Owner-breeder Anthony Oppenheimer feels Cracksman could benefit from a mid-season break following his narrow defeat in the Irish Derby on Saturday.

The John Gosden-trained son of Frankel was beaten just a length into third when favourite for the Investec Derby a month ago and renewed rivalry with Epsom hero Wings Of Eagles at the Curragh.

Trainer Tom Dascombe. PIC: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Trainer Tom Dascombe. PIC: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Cracksman reversed form with Wings Of Eagles, but had to make do with the runner-up spot behind another Ballydoyle inmate in Capri.

“I was thrilled with how he ran and I thought he was ridden extremely well,” said Oppenheimer.

“Pat Smullen said the horse has a lot of ability and he feels he’ll be twice the horse next year or even later this year.

“He said he still felt a little bit immature and he didn’t want to push him too much too early.

“He started his run late and was swallowing them up at the finish.

“We couldn’t quite catch Capri, but he’s beaten the Derby winner and the horse that was second in the French Derby (Waldgeist) and may have got there in another two strides.

“He’s come out of the race well and has eaten up and everything, but we might just give him some time and let him develop.

“He’s now had three runs as a three-year-old and two of them have been in Derbies, so now might be the time to give him a chance (to develop).”

When asked about future plans, Oppenheimer said: “I think we’re going to have to sit down in conference.

“There are no races planned yet, but I’m excited to see what he can do later in the season and as a four-year-old.”

n Exciting juvenile Finniston Farm is set to put his reputation on the line in the Arqana July Stakes at Newmarket on July 13.

Trainer Tom Dascombe said: “He’s a very exciting horse. He’s possibly as good a horse as I’ve had.


THIRSK: 2.00 Trusting Friend, 2.30 Raven’s Raft, 3.00 Give Em A Clump, 3.30 Wentworth Falls, 4.00 Hirjan, 4.30 Commander (treble), 5.00 El Cap, 5.30 Mitchum.

KEMPTON: 6.10 Mishaal, 6.40 Billesdon Brook (next best), 7.10 Mod, 7.40 Gibbs Hill, 8.10 NEXT TRAIN’S GONE (NAP), 8.40 Blue On Blue, 9.10 Mr Minerals.

PERTH: 2.10 Enzani, 2.40 My Little Cracker, 3.10 Louloumills, 3.40 Bon Chic, 4.10 Man With Van, 4.40 Cup Final, 5.10 King Muro.

WORCESTER: 2.20 Murray Mount, 2.50 Braqueur D’Or, 3.20 Dory, 3.50 Slim Pickens, 4.20 Celestial Path, 4.50 Moon Trip, 5.20 Poetic Lady.

BATH: 6.00 Dreamboat Annie, 6.30 Royal Mezyan, 7.00 Black Trilby, 7.30 Pillar Of Society, 8.00 Attain, 8.30 Tenby Two, 9.00 Hallingham.