Gosden up for rematch as brave Cracksman's inexperience tells
Cracksman's lack of a third run found him out in the end and he was unable to provide owner Anthony Oppenheimer, trainer John Gosden and jockey Frankie Dettori with a repeat of their 2015 win with Golden Horn.
But the Frankel colt's length third behind Wings Of Eagles and Cliffs Of Moher was a cracking effort considering he missed the Dante owing to soft ground and so was having his first run in Pattern company, and Gosden will not shy away from a rematch with the principals in next month's Irish Derby.
“He came there with every chance and I think it was a very solid run,” said the trainer after listening to a debrief from
Dettori, who picked up a four-day ban for his efforts and will
miss the three days before Royal Ascot and the day after, Sunday, June 25.
Gosden, who also saddled ninth-placed Glencadam Glory and three of the last five, added: "I think Frankie found him a little immature still mentally and he had to galvanise him once or twice as he was running a bit babyish. He could have done with that third race, but he's run a grand race and just got caught for experience.
"Pealer was trying to hold on to his breath a bit and Crowned Eagle wasn't happy coming down the hill, but they ran about how I thought they would."
Asked if he fancied a rematch, he replied: "Any time. They are obviously a pretty solid and even bunch of colts and Cracksman is in the Irish Derby. I wouldn't mind going there at all as it's a nice galloping track."
Oppenheimer admitted there was "a moment" when he thought his 7-2 favourite might win but was happy to settle for third from a colt who has more to offer.
Eminent, the second Frankel colt in the line-up, never looked like winning but was beaten only a length and three-quarters into fourth.
Jockey Jim Crowley said he "just lacked a change of gear but stayed well".
Trainer Martyn Meade added: "He didn't travel too well but when he could stretch in the straight he made up ground. He then just got a bit squeezed. It wasn't his day and we're disappointed in one sense but thrilled to bits that he finished so close. We know he gets the trip and we'll go for the Irish Derby now."