Cracksman takes Ganay in his stride
30 April 2018
Spectators attending the official re-opening of ParisLongchamp on Sunday were served up quite the treat as the John Gosden-trained Cracksman opened his seasonal account with a masterful display to win the Gr.1 Prix Ganayby a cool four lengths, reminiscent of last autumn’s Champion Stakes rout.
Sent out odds-on favourite, Frankie Dettori was quick to settle his Frankel colt in behind Pierre-Charles Boudot on Wren’s Day who had been included as pacesetter for Cloth Of Stars in the hope of avoiding a repeat of the latter’s Sheema Classic disappointment. Boudot’s mount, however, proved better than expected and it was not until 200m out that Cracksman passed him, but once in the clear he raced to the line with four lengths to spare. Cloth Of Stars came in three parts of a length behind his stablemate. Rhododendron, the lone filly in the race, finished a similar distance back in fourth.
Dettori was full of praise for the renovated racecourse and even more so for the winner. “We had a perfect trip and he won easily. The others just didn’t quicken. He is bigger and stronger this year.” Cracksman’s next engagement will either be the Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh or the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot. He will then have a “summer freshener” before bidding to provide Gosden with a third Prix de l’Arc de Triomphesuccess in four years.
Picture: Cracksman romping home in Ganay
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