Cracksman is winner 17
Taken from Thoroughbred Daily News, 20th October 2016:
Cracksman (Frankel), sent off at 9-2, was steadied in behind the early pace and ended up towards the rear before beginning his steady run up the far rail. As the [Anthony Oppenheimer] homebred emerged at the forefront inside the last quarter mile, he was joined by Wild Tempest, Godolphin's similarly unraced 220,000gns half-brother to last year's Gr.3 Cumberland Lodge Stakes winner Star Storm.
Getting the better of that rival from 100 yards out, he asserted to win by 1 1/4 lengths and prompt Classic talk from connections.
"He's next year's horse and that's it for this season," trainer John Gosden said. "He's a grand horse and has done nothing but grow. He's still very unfurnished. He found himself in front too soon, but luckily he still won as he had the rail to run with. We'll go straight up to a mile-and-a-quarter and that is where his strengths will lie. He gives me the feeling he's more of a mile-and-a-quarter horse and we could see him going for a nice conditions race at Newbury in the spring."
Cracksman (pictured as a foal), who becomes the 17th winner from his sire's first crop, is a half-brother to the Gr.3 Solario Stakes winner Fantastic Moon (Dalakhani) whose Listed-winning dam Rhadegunda descends from the Gr.1 1000 Guineas and Gr.1 Sussex Stakes heroine On the House (Be My Guest).
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