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Trainer John Gosden believes Cracksman has gained valuable experience in his Derby Trial and is mentally ready for the trip to York.

Cracksman appears to be one of the best chances of Frankel having a British Classic winner amongst his first crop after Eminent, Dream Castle, Fair Eva and Queen Kindly all missed out in their respective Guineas efforts this weekend.

The three-year-old made his debut last October where he won in the Maiden Stakes at Newmarket. He ran well and led narrowly towards the final stages, holding off a final burst from Wild Tempest to win by one and a quarter lengths.

He continued in winning form in the 10 furlong Derby Trial last month when inching past Permian, who won at Newmarket on Saturday, but Gosden believes the most important part was Cracksman gaining experience of the track to kick on with for the future.

The colt ran well in that victory, travelling smoothly around Tattenham Corner and then jockey Frankie Dettori picked his moment perfectly, chinning his rival on the line. Cracksman is some way off the performances of Frankel but is already looking like a leading contender for the Derby.

Fresh off that victory, Cracksman will run in York’s Dante stakes next week and Gosden insists the run has been very beneficial for him. Gosden said: “The plan is to run him in the Dante Stakes. I am very happy with him and he has come on a lot from Epsom.

"He has been in great form since the race and he has come on a lot mentally. He learned an awful lot.

"That was only his second run. It is quite a big ask round Epsom on their second run."

Despite Cracksman’s victory, Churchill is current favourite for the Derby in June after his 2,000 Guineas victory last month, but a win for Cracksman in York could ruffle a few feathers in Aidan O’Brien’s camp.

Article Posted on Wednesday 17th May 2017 @ 11.01

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