Sunday 19 November 2017

Gosden colt taking a 'Crack' at Epsom trial

Trainer John Gosden Photo: Getty Images
Trainer John Gosden Photo: Getty Images

Graham Clark

John Gosden heads to Epsom today with high hopes for his exciting Frankel colt Cracksman which puts his reputation on the line in the Derby trial.

Owned, like Gosden's Derby and Arc hero Golden Horn, by Anthony Oppenheimer, Cracksman won a back-end Newmarket maiden in fine style on his only appearance to date.

A Derby entrant at the second stage, he is looking to give Gosden a third successive win in the race after Christophermarlowe and So Mi Dar.

"Cracksman is going there for the experience as he is still quite babyish," said Gosden.

"We very quickly worked out that it might well have all happened before he got to the bushes in the Guineas.

"We put him in at the second stage as he was not put in as a yearling. He will certainly get a mile and a half.

"His temperament is bombproof, he is asleep all the time. Some of them (Frankels) are quite exuberant and he is the other way round.

"He is a lovely horse, don't get me wrong, but he is slow to get there mentally. Racing at Epsom, you soon learn a lot mentally."

Gosden also runs Tartini, a Giant's Causeway colt that won his only start to date at Nottingham."He would appreciate a massive thunderstorm," said the trainer. "I think he will be a much better horse with cut in the ground and I think he will stay a mile and a half plus."

Charlie Appleby runs of Bay Of Poets, while fellow Godolphin trainer Saeed bin Suroor runs Nottingham scorer Youmkin.

Meanwhile, Midterm is likely to head for the Ormonde Stakes at Chester's May meeting after his satisfactory return to action at Newbury on Saturday.

The one-time Derby favourite was forced to miss the bulk of his three-year-old season through injury but returned to run a promising race in the Champion Stakes. Making his seasonal return in the John Porter at Newbury for Michael Stoute he finished fifth, beaten just over two lengths.

Midterm is by Galileo and out of the champion racemare Midday, owned by Khalid Abdullah, and his racing manager Teddy Grimthorpe said: "He had an interrupted campaign last year as he suffered a stress fracture on his pelvis.

"In the Champion Stakes he didn't do much early on, then looked like he would be swallowed up but then he ran on again.

"On Saturday I think we were a little disappointed. I think if we can get him right there is lots of improvement in him. I think he could go to the Ormonde."

Another Stoute inmate, the Frankel colt Mirage Dancer, won his only start to date at Doncaster and holds entries in the Dante and the Derby.

"He made a good impression when he won at Doncaster. He is quite a big, scopey horse. I talked to Sir Michael about him this morning but there is no exact plan," said Grimthorpe.

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