Cracksman rules out Arc bid

Cracksman’s owners have confirmed that he will not be lining up in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.

The son of Frankel was the second favourite for the big event at Chantilly next Sunday and seen by many as the only rival to his stablemate Enable.

Cracksman is now set to be aimed at the Champion Stakes at Ascot by trainer John Gosden after owner Anthony Oppenheimer confirmed his son of Frankel would not be making the trip across the Channel.

Owner Anthony Oppenheimer said: “I think it had a lot to do with Chantilly itself. A lot depends on the size of the field.

“If it was at Longchamp, where the track is wider and the bends are not as tight, it may have been an easier decision. The horse is well, which is the main thing.

“He is in the Champion Stakes, which personally I would say is equally unlikely as the Arc, but that is still four weeks away.

“I haven’t been down to Newmarket for a little while, but if the horse was bouncing out of his skin and let us say the ground came up heavy to soft and it blunted the speed of some of those mile-and-a-quarter horses, there could be some merit in it.

“He is a fresh horse, but I would say the Champion Stakes is a backstop as we’ve always said we wanted to run him in a four-year-old and we want him to be fresh for that.”

BetVictor’s Jack Milner told “Those that backed Cracksman for The Arc weren’t left out of pocket with BetVictor going Non Runner No Bet on the race since the beginning of September.

“Trainer John Gosden is clearly trying to keep his two stable stars apart and we have cut his Oaks and King George winner Enable to 8/13 from 4/5 for Europe’s most prestigious race.”

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