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Tuesday, 18 December, 2018

Crack On Crack On out to get back on track after Britannia no-show

Crack On Crack On: rain would aid three-year-old's bid
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2.25 Ascot
Porsche Handicap | 3yo | 1m | ITV1/RUK

The progressive Crack On Crack On, who was well fancied, but did not fire in the Britannia at the royal meeting, returns to Ascot aiming for compensation in this £45,000 prize.

D'bai and Mustashry, the last two winners of the race, went on to strike in Group company, while Military Attack – known as Rave when winning for the late John Hills at Ascot in 2011 – became a moneyspinning top-level performer after transferring to Hong Kong.

Plenty of promising sorts are among the 15-runner field, including the Charlie Fellowes-trained Escalator and Aquarium, who has won his last two starts for Mark Johnston and has Ryan Moore on board. Close Britannia ninth George Of Hearts ought to have claims for Racing Post columnist Richard Hughes.

What they say

Clive Cox, trainer of Crack On Crack On and Simply Breathless
Crack On Crack On made a very impressive start to the year with wins at Lingfield and Haydock. He was very slowly away in the Britannia – which completely surprised us all – and it became a bit of a non-event after that. I'm happy with him and any showers would be appreciated. Simply Breathless has been an absolute star this year, and has moved up the handicap as a result. This is very competitive but she would appreciate faster rather than slower ground.

Brian Meehan, trainer of Petrus
This looks a competitive race, but I believe he's good form and put up a much-improved run last time at Newmarket. If he can return to his earlier form I'd expect him to run a big race. He's won on good to firm so the ground shouldn't be a problem.

Hugo Palmer, trainer of Corrosive
He did very little wrong last time – he was just mugged on the line. I've put cheekpieces on him to hopefully squeeze a bit of extra improvement out of him. He's progressive, a course-and-distance winner and I hope it stays dry. Things didn't go right for him in the Britannia, but he got back on track last time.

Richard Hannon, trainer of Rum Runner and Orange Suit
Rum Runner was badly drawn at Sandown last time, but won before that. He could go well at a price, while Orange Suit was unlucky at Newbury the other day after a good comeback run at Newmarket. Any rain would help him.

Andrew Balding, trainer of Papa Stour
He showed a lot of promise in the winter but he had some breathing problems, which we think we've now fixed. It was his first time from a break last time and we think he's come on for that. The track will suit him well.

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If he can return to his earlier form I would expect him to run a big race
E.W. Terms
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