Cracksman quickens clear to win the Prix Ganay

Filed on 1 May 2018 @ 12:30

Last year's Champion Stakes winner Cracksman (Frankel) showed a blistering turn of foot to win the Group One Prix Ganay at the grand reopening of ParisLongchamp on Sunday.

The John Gosden-trained colt pulled several lengths clear in the final quarter mile and romped home from Wren's Day, who kept on for second place with Cloth Of Stars third. Aidan O'Brien's Rhododendron was fourth.

Gosden said: "He's a stronger horse this year and is still growing. I'm very impressed with him. He was very good during the race and very relaxed afterwards, which was great to see.

"He's become a stronger, wiser horse this year and conserves his energy better - he is much cooler and Frankie rides him beautifully.

"It was a nice pace, without being anyway near crazy. Frankie knew he was going to use the pacemaker and I particularly liked standing over a furlong down and seeing how he stretched past me.

"It's a lovely run. There's Cloth Of Stars and Rhododendron in there and we've shown them a clean pair of heels and the race will bring him on a lot."

The Newmarket trainer added: "The horse has put up a good performance and the dream is to come back to this every elegant grandstand, come back with Enable, too, and run them both together [in the Arc].

"Mr Oppenheimer is talking about Ascot and the Prince of Wales's. If it's genuine good to firm, there's no reason we don't go there. You've got the Tattersalls Gold Cup and the Prince of Wales's and they are beautifully spaced."

Filed on 1 May 2018 @ 12:30