Gallops report: Cracksman improving as he steps out on Derby trail
Fresh from a workout at Chelmsford the previous week, the Derby hope looked to have improved from his trip down the M11 when impressing at second lot under Robert Havlin. After his first public encounter with a bend in Essex, the son of Frankel will have a second in the Blue Riband Trial at Epsom next Wednesday.
Varian's main backer Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum is in for a busy period including the reappearance of this grand type who kicked off the action from Carlburg under Andrea Atzeni on the Al Bahathri Polytrack. A four-time handicap winner last year, the five-year-old could reappear in the Group 2 Jockey Club Stakes at Newmarket on May 6.
Sir Michael Stoute
Frankel has a clutch of Classic hopefuls about to test the water and this Doncaster maiden winner put himself to the fore when impressing on the Al Bahathri at first lot. Related to the now US-based Forge, the three-year-old went clear of some lesser lights over a mile and could resurface next week at Sandown.
Despite no overnight rain, Bell stuck to the grass on the peat moss gallop on Racecourse Side where this son of Nathaniel had his white face well to the fore up the straight under John Maxse. A winner at Yarmouth last summer, the three-year-old is to stay close to home for a mile handicap at the Guineas meeting.
A first foal of the speedy Ladyship, this two-year-old son of Acclamation cost Hamdan Al Maktoum 200,000gns at Tattersalls last October. The juvenile looked worth the money when burning up the Al Bahathri on Tuesday and may debut at Nottingham's first evening fixture of the year on Saturday.