Another Classic hopeful for Frankel as Cracksman digs deep
Trial winner hails from the same breeder as Derby hero Golden Horn
Frankel’s son Cracksman proved himself a colt with genuine Classic aspirations as he floated around the undulations of Epsom on Wednesday before showing a tenacious attitude to wear down Permian and land the Derby Trial by a short head.
He is trained by John Gosden for an owner-breeder who knows all about nurturing a Derby winner, in Anthony Oppenheimer - whose Hascombe and Valiant Studs were responsible for the 2015 Epsom hero Golden Horn.
Cracksman is out of another homebred, the 1m1f Listed winner Rhadegunda, who was likewise trained by Gosden. The 12-year-old mare has produced three winners from four runners, the most notable being Solario Stakes winner Fantastic Moon, and in 2015 produced a three-parts brother to Cracksman, a colt by New Approach named Military Band
There is also some influence for stamina in Cracksman’s pedigree, as Rhadegunda is a half-sister to Halla San, twice placed in Listed events over 1m6f for Richard Fahey - and beaten half a length and a length respectively when third in consecutive runnings of the Chester Cup.
Further back on his page are the 1982 1,000 Guineas and Sussex Stakes winner On The House; her son, the Sirenia Stakes scorer Art Of War; and the Prix Robert Papin-winning son of Dubawi, Irish Field.
Cracksman also becomes the latest advert for Pivotal’s ability as a broodmare sire, with daughters of the Cheveley Park Stud stalwart having already been responsible - among many others - for the likes of July Cup conqueror Mayson; Fillies’ Mile scorer Rhododendron; St Leger victor Harbour Law; and fellow top-level scorers Main Sequence, Winsili and The United States.
Wednesday’s result provides Frankel with yet another Classic contender, following hot on the heels of Craven Stakes scorer Eminent. Others include Princess Margaret heroine Fair Eva and exciting maiden winner Atty Persse, both still to make their reappearances.