Wednesday 21 November 2018

Watch: Cracksman cruises to victory in the Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot

Cracksman and Frankie Dettori win The QIPCO Champion Stakes Race run during QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot Racecourse
Cracksman and Frankie Dettori win The QIPCO Champion Stakes Race run during QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot Racecourse

Graham Clark

Cracksman returned to his brilliant best to register back-to-back triumphs in the Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot.

Wearing blinkers for the first time, the John Gosden-trained four-year-old blew the opposition away in the straight, on what was probably his last race before he embarks on a new career as a stallion.

Another Gosden runner, Maverick Wave, set the pace with Capri and Crystal Ocean on his heels. Frankie Dettori had to roust Cracksman early on to get into a decent position, but it was pretty smooth sailing after that.

Capri hit the front briefly in the straight, but once Dettori unleashed Cracksman, the race was over.

The 5-6 favourite quickly put daylight between himself and his rivals, as he romped home by six lengths.

Crystal Ocean was second with Czech Republic representative Subway Dancer running a massive race in third place, a further three-quarters of a length away.

It was a big-race treble for the Gosden team following the earlier victories of Stradivarius and Roaring Lion.

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