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Cracksman in line for Epsom prep at Breakfast With The Stars event

Thursday 18 May 2017

Cracksman (left)

By staff

Cracksman could go to Epsom's Breakfast With The Stars morning next week after being declared a non-runner in the Betfred Dante Stakes at York.

John Gosden withdrew the unbeaten colt as he felt the rain-softened ground would be too demanding for the son of Frankel, with the Investec Derby a little over two weeks away.

Cracksman has won both races in his career, including the Derby Trial at Epsom in April, and is the leading domestic hope for the premier Classic on June 3.

Owner Anthony Oppenheimer said Cracksman would not run before the Derby and could instead gallop at the Epsom media event on Tuesday.

Oppenheimer said: "I was advised by Mr Gosden that the back end of the course was very heavy and that we really couldn't run in the interests of the horse.

"It's sad, as he'd been going really well beforehand. He won't run again (before the Derby) and could maybe do a gallop somewhere, possibly Epsom.

"He (Gosden) did mention that, so that could be an option."

Gosden said it had been a "difficult" decision to take Cracksman out of his York engagement, and that timings had played a part.

He explained: "It was a difficult decision and if there were three weeks and two days to the Derby, it might have been different.

"No one will have an easy race, so reluctantly we took him out.

"It's possible he will got to Breakfast With The Stars now."

Cracksman beat Permian in the Derby Trial at Epsom by a short head, and following the victory of Mark Johnston's charge in the Dante Stakes bookmakers cut Cracksman to 6-1 second favourite behind Aidan O'Brien's 5-1 market leader Cliffs Of Moher. Churchill, the 2000 Guineas winner and Cliffs Of Moher's stable companion, is also 6-1.

Eminent, who was sixth at Newmarket behind Churchill, is also on course to head to Epsom for next week's media morning trainer Martyn Meade confirmed. 


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