Cracksman bulldozed his way to an emphatic victory in the Group One Prix Ganay – Prix de l’Inauguration de ParisLongchamp this afternoon, with a style crafted out of brute force strength.
A cracking field of seven went to post for one of the most important early season targets for some of Europe’s biggest hitters among the older horses still in training.
At the break, it was Wren’s Day who was pushed straight into the lead, with Cracksman, slightly slowly away, moving into second by Frankie Dettori.
Wren’s Day set a generous pace, with a three length lead over Cracksman and Finche, with Air Pilot next.
With half a mile to run, Wren’s Day was still in front, with his ears pricked, with Cracksman settled in second and then Finche, while Rhododendron, on the inside, had taken closer order.
Turning for home, Wren’s Day held the lead and Cracksman was asked for his effort, but had to work hard to catch him. In behind, nothing could follow suit and Cracksman drew alongside Wren’s Day and clear.
The giant stride on Cracksman put this race to bed impressively and at the line he had around four lengths advantage over Wren’s Day, who surprisingly held on for second, ahead of Arc runner-up Cloth Of Stars, with Rhododendron fourth.
Trainer John Gosden said afterwards:
“The pace was a nice pace. Frankie knew he was going to use the pacemaker.
“I particularly liked standing over a furlong down how he stretched past them. Look it’s a lovely run. There’s Rhododendron and Cloth Of Stars in there and he has shown them a clean pair of heels and the race will bring him on a lot.
“Mr Oppenheimer is talking about Ascot and the Prince of Wales and if it was genuine good to firm, there is no reason we don’t go there.
“It was a pretty thrilling effort.”
Regarding plans for Enable, Gosden added:
“I think it is a strong possibility that we will go to Epsom for the Coronation Cup with the filly.”