Cracksman in line for Coronation Cup over Tattersalls Gold Cup

Mon 14 May 2018

Watch our video analysis of Cracksman's return in the Prix Ganay at ParisLongchamp and read the latest as John Gosden mulls a bid at Epsom.

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Cracksman could take the place of stable companion Enable in the Investec Coronation Cup at Epsom.

Cracksman was the highest-rated horse in Europe in 2017 following a spectacular display in the Champion Stakes at Ascot and looked better than ever when making a successful reappearance in last month’s Prix Ganay at ParisLongchamp.

Connections initially suggested the son of Frankel could head for the Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh before lining up in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot, while the brilliant Arc heroine Enable was due to make her reappearance in the Coronation Cup.

However, Enable was subsequently ruled out until August at the earliest after suffering a setback and after discussing plans with trainer John Gosden over the weekend, Cracksman’s owner-breeder Anthony Oppenheimer has revealed his charge may now be re-routed to Epsom on June 1.

Oppenheimer told Press Association Sport: “We had a discussion about it and we are certainly considering running him at Epsom.

“I don’t think we’ve made a final decision on it. Much will depend on the ground, as we wouldn’t want to run him if it’s firm.

“He’s been to Epsom twice, winning once and finishing third in the Derby, and although he’s got a long stride he seemed to handle the track fine.”

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Anthony Oppenheimer with Frankie Dettori (Brian Lawless/PA)

The decision to run Cracksman at Epsom rather than in Ireland means he has one week less to recover ahead of the Prince of Wales’s Stakes.

There are 19 days between the two races, though, and Oppenheimer is not ruling out Cracksman running in both.

He said: “That’s certainly a possibility.

“That (Prince of Wales’s Stakes) is still a target.”

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