Cracksman Can Land Prince of Wales Before Arc Tilt against Enable
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The John Gosden trained Cracksman looks to be one of the good things going into the Royal Ascot meeting in June, after thrilling on his return to action in France. He breezed past some top class rivals to win that day and looks to be even better than what we saw from him last season, which would make him a very special horse indeed.
The main aim for Cracksman this season is the Arc, where he would likely clash with stablemate and superstar filly Enable, who won the race last season. She is out until the end of the summer with a small injury, so Cracksman can show us all what he is capable of in her absence, starting with the Prince Of Wales Stakes at Royal Ascot.
With a lack of credible opposition against Cracksman at Royal Ascot, he is a short price favourite already to land the race which takes place at the end of June. With William Hill, he is the even money favourite already and is more than likely going to go off odds-on as the field against him gets smaller and smaller as the race approaches. This will be just one of a few big races that he will take in before going for the Arc at the end of the season, and with Enable on the sidelines, Cracksman is the one who will be getting all the attention. With two Group One races under his belt already in his career, the plan will be to target more before likely retirement at the end of this season to head to the breeding barn.
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If there is one horse that can stop Cracksman conquering all this season then it is Enable, although she is only likely to have one race, two at the most, before she hits the track at Longchamp for the Arc. The pair will be kept apart until that day too, which is only going to add to the excitement and build up. Enable won the Arc in 2017 in glorious style, taking full advantage of her fillies allowance to rout what was a very good field against her. In the same mood, she will take a lot of beating and Cracksman is going to have to be something very special to do so, but he may just be that special horse we have been waiting for.
While we have quite a while to wait until we see Enable back on a racecourse, we can savour and enjoy Cracksman for now. He was very good last year, and based on what we have seen so far this season and the reports about his homework, he is even better this time around. With momentum and a full season under his belt, he is going to prove a tough nut to crack when he finally gets to meet Enable at Longchamp in a race that the whole of the racing world is already looking forward to watching.